The use of nectar pills is not emphasized in exoteric Buddhism, but very much so in Vajrayana. Most of the nectar pills were originally handed down by Guru Rinpoche and later discovered by real tertons, finders of terma (hidden treasures). It should be noted that not all nectar pills have beneficial effect. Some of the so-called nectar pills are not only devoid of any merit but can also bring harm if taken, such as preventing one from attaining liberation in future life and creating hindrances to liberation.
~ Depicted from THE RIGHT VIEW : Liberating Living Beings
The principle elements of enlightenment are renunciation, bodhicitta and other preliminary practices. Without these, we could never even imagine attaining enlightenment. After engaging in these fundamentals, however, we will become totally unobstructed and attain enlightenment naturally.
Nowadays, many Western psychologists and meditators are fond of Buddhist breathing meditation. Breathing meditation is still a kind of thought, however applying this technique can help achieve the goal of meditation. In this case, we are using thoughts to help reduce thoughts, which is like fighting fire with fire.
You may wonder why this topic is chosen. The reason is simply because even some veteran Buddhists in both China and Tibet do not know the real meaning and the scope of Buddhism. Other than the monastics, most farmers and nomads in Tibet think that to be able to help build a stupa or a magnificent temple from time to time, or to recite the six-word mantra of Avalokitesvara, will make them good enough Buddhists ......