Vajradhara said:it can help for non-Buddhists with a Christian background to get a handle on some of the differences between the Three Vehicles, in my view.
actually, i saw this for the first time when i read a Thurman translation of a Vajrayana text and i, personally, found it very odd to hear. however, i do understand the utility of using terms that have an understood meaning... especially when it comes to distinctions within a singular religous paradigm.
I am indebted to Uma's dad for his well foot-noted translation of the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, which while being wildly over the top, as is the Mahayana wont, contains passages that even a heretic can love.
Vajradhara said:i suppose that, if there is interest, i could post up something that elaborates a bit more on how these categories could be applied to Buddhist thought.
No, no, don't do that! It would deny me the fun of making up my own categories!