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“Spiritual Teachers” found in 85 documents
Sutra-Level Guru Meditation
An analysis of some of the problems that have caused unhealthy relationships with spiritual teachers in the West suggests Kadam sutra-level guru-meditation as a framework for the healing process. In several cases, additional steps in the meditation seem appropriate, but within...
A Healthy Attitude toward a Spiritual Teacher
How do we actually entrust ourselves to a spiritual teacher? How do we relate to him or her? This is discussed in terms of our attitudes and also our behavior with the teacher. We can begin to understand much about this by milking the full meaning from the two Tibetan words...
A Portrait of Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche: Master Debate Partner and Assistant Tutor of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Qualifications of a Kalachakra Master The third through fifth chapters of the Kalachakra Tantra present the alternative cycles of time. The third chapter, which concerns the empowerment, begins with a discussion of the qualifications of a Kalachakra tantric master and the...
Approaching Buddhism in a Balanced Way
Buddhist practice requires a balance of intellectual, emotional and devotional approaches.
How to Study Buddhism
Attachment to One's Spiritual Teacher
Some people, when they study with a spiritual teacher, develop attachment to him or her. But, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains, if we have attachment to the spiritual teacher or attachment to enlightenment or attachment to our practice or meditation or something like...
Balancing the Intellect, Emotions and Devotion
Three Approaches to the Dharma Okay, so this evening I’ve been asked to speak a little bit about the different types of approaches to the Dharma, specifically the intellectual, emotional, and devotional approaches. When we look at approaches to the Dharma, this implies again...
Benefits of a Healthy Relation with a Spiritual Teacher
After we have carefully examined the teacher, the classic texts on the graded path (lam-rim) speak about the benefits or advantages of having a healthy relation with a spiritual teacher. They also discuss the disadvantages of turning away from that relationship. It is...
Blocks in Opening Oneself to a Spiritual Teacher
Paranoia and Vulnerability One of the most important aspects of healthy disciple-mentor relationships is for disciples to receive inspiration from their mentors. This can only occur if they are open to their mentors' uplifting positive influence. Some disciples, however, are...
Unhealthy Relationships with Spiritual Teachers
Commentary on "The Guru Inseparable from Avalokiteshvara" – Dr. Berzin
Moscow, Russia, October 2012