Gurus ??

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Bohemian Seeker
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Gurus ??

Postby Bohemian Seeker » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:59 pm

Dear Folks,

In Theravada Buddhism, does a serious practitioner have to follow and be devoted to a guru/master ? Or is the Pali cannon the "guru" ? Or both ?

Thanks

Mike

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Re: Gurus ??

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:22 pm

Most who seriously study Theravada will have a teacher, but rarely a "master" or "guru." I think it's a little more informal.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta

Stuff I write about things.

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Re: Gurus ??

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:35 pm

LonesomeYogurt wrote:Most who seriously study Theravada will have a teacher, but rarely a "master" or "guru." I think it's a little more informal.

or at least Admiral Friends :)
“Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.
(The mendicants asked) What are the two [types of persons]?
(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
Blog, Suttas, Aj Chah, Facebook.
"Others will misconstrue reality based on personal perspectives, firmly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our personal perspectives, nor firmly holding them, but easily discarded."


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