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Rely Only On Those Superior In Morality & Understanding

Oct. 11 | People degenerate by relying on those inferior to themselves;  By relying on equals, they stay the same; By relying on those superior, they attain excellence; Thus rely on those who are superior to yourself. If you rely on whomever is superior – thoroughly...

A Checklist For Bad Gurus (Spiritual Teachers)

Sep. 13 | Good students appreciate  being corrected of their mistakes as they are good students. Good teachers appreciate being corrected of their mistakes as they are also good students. – Stonepeace | Books If a fresh banana leaf is wrapped around a piece...

How Should Dharma Teachers Protect Dharma Students?

Mar. 28 | Without names, so that timeless lessons can be universally learnt, the below is based on an actual incident. Case There was a public Dharma talk with many misconceptions shared. A teacher, having taken the reasonably calculated risk of recommending...

Why We Should All Attend Buddhist Classes

Jul. 20 | The only way to know  if you have learned enough is to keep learning, till you know and see all. – Stonepeace | Books It is best to attend proper Dharma classes to learn the Buddha’s teachings ever more systematically and comprehensively, because...

An Imperfect Student Seeks A Perfect Teacher

May. 18 | As it is with perfectionism that we become perfect, why compromise on it? – Stonepeace | Books [1] Stages Of Seeking A Perfect Teacher (i) No Teacher: Before discovery of Sakyamuni Buddha’s teachings, the student had no true spiritual teacher, as...

Don’t Spoil Your Teachers

Nov. 21 | 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,...

Is My Teacher Testing My Patience?

Oct. 29 | Aware of the difference between being firm and angry, one can be firm when necessary, but never ever angry. – Stonepeace | Books A Dharma class participant sent me the following question… ‘A “teacher” I know regularly raises...

How To Be Good Dharma Students & Teachers

Apr. 16 | 此诸众生,All these sentient beings [will, in the future (now), 去佛渐远。away] from the Buddha, gradually be further apart [from him]. 邪师说法,Evil ‘teachers’ who speak the [corrupted] ‘Dharma’, 如恒河沙。[will...

Teachers & Students

Jan. 3 | If you have never questioned any teacher’s teachings, you must have encountered only perfect teachers, or you are an imperfect student. – Stonepeace Share This:

True Listening

Apr. 20 | True listening [to the Dharma] does not rest in how much you have listened to your Master [teacher] but in how well you have listened. Even if you have listened well, you would benefit only if you can apply properly what you have heard to the circumstances...

Best Student & Teacher

Mar. 30 | The best Dharma student aspires to be the best teacher [a Buddha]. The best Dharma teacher aspires to be the best student [a good disciple of the Buddha(s), e.g. in Pure Land]. ~ Stonepeace Share This:

How Poor Students Can Create Poor Teachers

Sep. 23 | As long as one is still not a Buddha, one is still a Dharma student, even if one sometimes a Dharma teacher. – Stonepeace To be a poor student of the Dharma in terms of being lacking in sincerity to accept the true Dharma is of course a big problem....

Is There Tension Between Compassion & Detachment?

Jul. 30 | Emptiness in Buddhism is not nothingness; it is everythingness (physical and mental) being unsubstantial, being ’empty’ of anything unchanging (e.g. self), due to constant change in the moment. – Stonepeace Does compassion, which relieves...

How Students Can Become Teachers

Mar. 31 | Only Buddhas, who are perfect teachers, do not require [constructive] criticism from their students. – Stonepeace What do you do when you encounter a Dharma teacher who teaches in ways far from perfect? I used to slap an invisible label of ‘lousy’...

Of Truth, Character, Teachers & Students

Jul. 16 | Judge knowledge by how effective it is, not by how difficult it is to acquire. – H.H. the 17th Karmapa ~ Force of Truth: To walk the path of truth is difficult. It can even be a bit risky in the beginning. But stick to it and others will gradually realize...