I’m uncomfortable about the principle of guru devotion, which seems hierarchical and potentially exploitive. Should I follow a guru?
Longtime practitioner and psychotherapist Rob Preece says even though as students we may be devoted to our teachers, we can’t afford to idealize them anymore.
Are you able to see your teacher as the Buddha? It’s not easy, says Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, but this is where the real path begins.
Collection Rubin Museum of Art | HAR#432 | himalayanart.org
Buddhadharma ask three teachers about a complex issue at the heart of tantra practice: guru devotion.
A forum on what it means to have a teacher today, how you can make the most of the relationship, and what you can do when it’s not working.
In a teacher-student relationship, says Jakusho Kwong, it’s not enough to know your teacher’s heart and mind. You also need to know your own.
Frank Berliner, a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, describes the ever-deepening stages of relationship one experiences with their guru.
In this commentary on Guru Rinpoche visualization, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche reveals the deep nontheistic essence of Vajrayana practice.
How do you go about finding a teacher (and by extension, a community) that’s right for you?
Buddhist blogger Barbara O’Brien offers some tips on identifying true and false teachers and on finding the right teacher for you.