Gurus ??

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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 ?

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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 :)
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"Others will misconstrue reality due to their personal perspectives, doggedly holding onto and not easily discarding them; We shall not misconstrue reality due to our own personal perspectives, nor doggedly holding onto them, but will discard them easily. This effacement shall be done."
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