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Don’t Spoil Your Teachers

Too much deference
actually spoils the guru.

– H.H The 14th Dalai Lama

The problem with the [Vajrayana] practice of seeing everything the guru does as perfect is that it very easily turns to poison for both the guru and the disciple. Therefore, whenever I teach this practice, I always advocate that the tradition of “every action seen as perfect” not be stressed.

Should the guru manifest un-dharmic qualities or give teachings contradicting Dharma, the instruction on seeing the spiritual master as perfect must give way to reason and Dharma wisdom. I [the guru] could think to myself, “They all see me as a Buddha, and therefore will accept anything I tell them.” Too much faith and imputed purity of perception can quite easily turn things rotten.

The Path to Enlightenment
H.H The 14th Dalai Lama

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1 Comment

  • This is indeed a very important reminder.This applies to all kinds of media, not just human teachers of any Buddhist denomination.

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