Can anyone recommend a teacher who accepts students for an online relationship, or is this not a good idea (ie should it be face to face)? I feel I am at a point in my practice where I would like (need?) to have a good teacher. Also how would one go about asking to be a teacher's student? I have had various teacher-student relationships previously, but feel I am looking for something different this time, ie. someone both advanced and with a strong theravadan background.
Any advice would be gratefully received.
Best to get to know the teacher first!
it is important so you see their keeping of the precepts, and if they act and speak in accordance with eachother, i.e., they walk their talk. and they can get to know you, a online relationship is not the same as a one on one relationship.
If they charge for their time I personally wonder if the teaching isn't just general, something they give to everyone and not specific to the needs of the person!
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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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