Vajrayana is a type of Buddhism practiced by people who live in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Mongolia, but it is predominantly a Tibetan branch of Buddhism. This branch of the Buddhist religion relies mainly on teachings pertaining to metaphysics rather than normative and traditional Buddhist tenets.
The religion of Buddhism, originally based on the teachings of Prince Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), has evolved into different forms of religious practice. The practices known to Vajrayana Buddhism encompass the most contemporary ideologies associated with this religion.
The goal of a person who practices Vajrayana Buddhism involves the goal to eliminate imperfections by the use of four chakras (main spiritual energy centers of the body) associated with the navel, head, heart and throat. This form of Buddhism consists of a combination of more than one branch of Buddhism. Disciples learn the teachings from their lamas (the Tibetan word for teachers or gurus).
An Emic Critique of Austine Waddell's Buddhism and Lamaism of Tibet - a Gross Misrepresentation of the Vajrayana of Tibet
Jul 01, 2000; In this review I would like to make the general Nepalese scholars aware that Buddhism and Lamaism of Tibet by Austine Waddell...