I'm going to go with the 'sangha' category for $200, Alex. When considering the topics 'discussion title' - think Middle One Way.
So many questions are popping up as of late. It's rather tedious vetting them all to separate the wheat from the chaff, if you will, but I'm trying to avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater here by simply dismissing them all out of hand. Here's one that survived the vetting process:
It has been suggested to me on more than a couple of occasions around here, that I find a meditation teacher - or sometimes the suggestion is simply for a teacher, sans 'meditation', although I have always assumed that was more or less implied inclusion. The suggestions that I've failed to receive, are helpful guidelines on doing so. Recently, while keeping my eyes and heart open, I was approached by a Zen monk who suggested we get together to answer some of my questions. What made that interesting was that I had never asked him a question or indicated that I had any questions that needed answers. So, I took that to be sufficiently serendipitous to take him up on his kind offer.
We met and frankly, I was left a bit disappointed. I took something valuable away from our get together, but it feels as if that was more accidental than by design. I understood very little of what he said. Between his very heavy accept and his challenge to understand me as well as delivering his message in English, communication was spotty at best. From what I was able to catch, his message was so very basic to Buddhism that I'm not sure that I would have gotten any more out of our get together if communication wasn't a problem. Too, his answers to my questions seemed to indicate that he didn't understand them.
I am now left trying to determine if I should meet with him regularly, which has been offered, or to search elsewhere. To this end, I have realized that I do not know the questions to ask myself in order to find that answer. I am familiar with the idea that understanding can be transmitted can in ways other than speech, but that seems like an unnecessary handicap to voluntarily sign up for. Perhaps my impression that he didn't understand my questions based on his answers were evidence that it was I that didn't understand my question, instead of him. That might be a long-shot, but I can't dismiss the possibility. On the other hand, whether the gift I was able to walk away with was caused intentionally by his choice of message, or whether he was simply an ignorant catalyst - I benefitted by the discussion.
Fwiw, I have searched for the answer here before asking. I have found the following from @Jason:
"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" - Feb. 2006
So, not only did this fellow do the Covid-19 equivalent of knocking on my door, I'm ignorant as to what I should be looking for over time to decide one way or the other. As most of the threads that I've found covering this topic are very old, many of the members commenting on them are unknown to me and so I can't give a tremendous amount of weight to their thoughts on the matter. Jason, of course, was an exception.