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

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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 :)
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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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