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YogaMama said:But your more experienced friend could be considered your teacher. :) Unfortunately, I do not have any experienced Buddhist friends in my area. Just my friends on here!
This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be experienced by the wise. But this generation delights in attachment, is excited by attachment, enjoys attachment. For a generation delighting in attachment, excited by attachment, enjoying attachment, this/that conditionality and dependent co-arising are hard to see. This state, too, is hard to see: the resolution of all fabrications, the relinquishment of all acquisitions, the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding. And if I were to teach the Dhamma and if others would not understand me, that would be tiresome for me, troublesome for me. -SN VI.1
"Monks, these four traits may be known by means of four [other] traits. Which four?"It's through living together that a person's virtue may be known, and then only after a long period, not a short period; by one who is attentive, not by one who is inattentive; by one who is discerning, not by one who is not discerning."It's through dealing with a person that his purity may be known, and then only after a long period, not a short period; by one who is attentive, not by one who is inattentive; by one who is discerning, not by one who is not discerning."It's through adversity that a person's endurance may be known, and then only after a long period, not a short period; by one who is attentive, not by one who is inattentive; by one who is discerning, not by one who is not discerning."It's through discussion that a person's discernment may be known, and then only after a long period, not a short period; by one who is attentive, not by one who is inattentive; by one who is discerning, not by one who is not discerning. - AN IV.192
Nirvana said:My question is this: Is not Buddha the Teacher?It may be helpful to find a teacher (with a little "t") or two or three along the way, but doesn't Buddha tell us to be our own guides?I have been lucky to find one and will forever feel his stamp on me. He saw something really good in me and helped me a lot, and helped me connect with a greater community where I fit in. However, I don't think it's possible for everyone to find a healthy "match."I am suspicious of many who, thinking themselves competent to teach, may only be manipulating others for personal gain. Let's face this fact that there will always be those who prey on those seeking spiritual riches. Books may certainly be said to be safer.Good Wishes to All You Who Attend the Lotus Feet of Buddha!Nirvana---
Xrayman said:My teacher is life. Along with unicorns and little trumpets and clouds rainbows and cherubs and all the nice things.. etc etc. I'm going to hug some trees nowteeheeregards,XP.S.I have no teacher either-just those that are here.
Elohim said:I personally wouldn't count on one just showing up at your house [unless you already invited them to]. True teachers will be busy practicing the Dhamma themselves, not going door to door advertising their teaching skills. After that, only time will tell if they really are any good or not:;)Jason
Xrayman said:P.P.S. Yes I have studied Wicca when I was about 16. Now I hate the stuff-anything made of cane gives me the irrits. teehee!
"Retaliate not. Be silent as a cracked gong when you are abused by others. If you do so, I deem that you have already attained Nibbāna although you have not realized Nibbāna."
horaku said:Can I have a scripture reference for that? It seems to me that, in general, a whole gong that rings, in any event, is the meaning of the Buddha, not a cracked one.The last character in my dharma name is literally a picture of a gong hanging on a wooden frame. It means 'music' or 'joy/bliss'.
YogaMama said:and what is the best way to find a good one? I feel a good Buddhist teacher would be so helpful, but I am not really sure how to locate one.Kim
zenmonk_genryu said:At some point it's vital. In fact better not to study Buddhism at all than to do so without a teacher when one is needed. That being said, we all start where we are, and for many that will mean solitary practice for a considerable time before we can work with a teacher.
Knitwitch said:So OK - I now SEE (yes, I came and saw ZMG) that a teacher will at some point be vital to correct my awful accent .... and I have no doubt that when that time comes, someone will pop out of the woodwork or I'll be sent on a journey to find one.Now where did I put that stick and sack ?........
zenmonk_genryu said:I remember hearing how a student once said to Maezumi Roshi that he was grateful for being given so much by him. Maezumi turned and walked out of the room. Too late the student realised that Zen teacher's give nothing at all, and that he'd inadvertently insulted Maezumi.
zenmonk_genryu said::rockon: One thing that struck me immediately about this post is the clear recognition that finding a teacher isn't a passive process, something that's not necessarily as obvious as perhaps it should be. ...snip...Bottoms up! :grin: