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So I can't really ask this question at any Buddhist center because teachers are uncomfortable being seen as possibly "criticizing" other Buddhist schools.
I left Mahayana in favor of Theravada because I could not reconcile certain things, like:
1) Buddha taught that the god realm of samsara is still samsara; that even the devas are destined for the lower realms one day because...samsara. Yet,
2) The Bodisattva ideal seems to paint a picture that when one chooses to remain in samsara to help others, that one will somehow always remain in a position to help...always remain a deva of sorts.
These seem in conflict to me.
Plus, I don't understand how it's at all practical to remain in samsara, trying to help and direct all the beings towards enlightenment, and that we all, on some sort of cue, will one day transcend together. Have any Mahayanas here ever heard any teachings that detail the logistics of how this might happen?