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So I was wondering what people think about displaying reverence for teachers. In my local Tibetan Buddhist centre there is a tall pedestal, almost like a pulpit, which is used by the Rinpoche when he visits. There are many other examples of how a kind of enforced reverence for teachers is built into Buddhism... How do people feel about that?
Most of Western society is built on the notion of equality. I would even go so far as to say that it's a built-in human instinct, to like situations where all are equal. We usually hold that respect or reverence is to be earned, not assigned or inherited.