3 Paths of Buddhism

According to some East Asian Mahayana sources a bodhisattva can choose either of three paths to help sentient beings in the process of achieving buddhahood. They are: King-like Bodhisattva - one who aspires to become buddha as soon as possible and then help sentient beings in full fledge; Boatman-like Bodhisattva - one who aspires to achieve buddhahood along with other sentient beings and Shepherd-like Bodhisattva - one who aspires to delay buddhahood until all other sentient beings achieve buddhahood. Bodhisattvas like Avalokiteshvara, Shantideva among others are believed to fall in this category http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva Renunciation, Transformation, Liberation Pang-lam, Gyur-Lam, Drol-lam 1) Pang–lam – the Renunciation Path 2) Gyur-lam – the Transformation Path (known as Ngag in Tibetan or Tantra in Sanskrit) 3) Drol-lam – the Liberation Path. Empowerment, Transmission, Instruction Wang, Loong, Trid http://www.meaningoflife.i12.com/Tantra.htm