Role of the teacher in Theravada

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PeterB
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Re: Role of the teacher in Theravada

Postby PeterB » Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:51 am

Manapa wrote:We need to remember that the Buddha is not around to teach us!

The suttas are good! and can help in a great many ways, but they are not enlightened beings!

If there was an impecable teacher I knew of and I could spend time with them I would, period, that doesn't mean the suttas are out the window, but it does mean that they have back up, an interperter who can point out the flaws in my own interpretation and practice without having to go down blind alleys myself!


Bump. :anjali:

Saoshun
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Re: Role of the teacher in Theravada

Postby Saoshun » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:02 pm

Where to find a teacher?
We have to always remind ourselves that every type of kilesa is extremely tenacious. They are far more clever and cunning than we are. If we act foolishly and practice heedlessly and senselessly, then we will never be able to subdue or eliminate any of the kilesas, because they will always be more powerful, shrewd and crafty than we are, and that is why they are our master. We might think that we are the masters, but truly, we are not. We are just the kilesas’ servants without knowing it. All of our thoughts are initiated by the kilesas. :candle:


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