Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

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There may be no end of hands. :smile:

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Postby PeterB » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:15 am

Do you have or have you had a human Buddhist teacher T Mingyur.....
It it helps get the ball rolling I an more than happy to talk about my teachers.

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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby octathlon » Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:52 am

FYI: I am a "she". :smile:
Even with different schools, I figure the Dhamma is the Dhamma and we eventually find the approach that fits for us. For me, I have always been interested in Buddhism and read about Zen years ago-- because that used to be pretty much what all the books were about, pre-internet days. I found it intriguing but didn't feel it was something that would work for me. That could be from lack of a good understanding an no actual experience of it. But after finding Theravada, I found something that really resonates with me so much more.

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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby PeterB » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:32 am

In all honesty octhathlon if you find a local Zen group teaching Shikantaza, or a local Tibetan group teaching Vipashnya or Shamatha...( Vipassana or Samatha ) I doubt that you will experience anything wildly different from a meditation group run by Theravadins...Each and any of those options would be far better than an attempt to teach yourself from books or videos..
Beyond those meditation classes I guess any further involvement would be up to you...

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Postby befriend » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:31 am

practicing buddhism without a teacher, is like trying to build a mansion by teaching yourself carpentry. its fine to read books in the beginning to get ageneral understanding of it, and meditate some to develop some saddha. but i went a few years without a teacher, i got a teacher and learned more in a few months than i did spending a few years reading the same old books from Borders. there are so many ways to confuse yourself. i used to worry about being reborn as an animal then my teacher said dont do that. teachers are very wise, even if your not interested in buddhism its good to have a buddhist teacher. hahahaa.
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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby NEMP » Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:07 am

It has been good to read the above comments as I am new to both Theravada and this forum as well as not having a teacher. As a guide does the meaning of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha mean that a community ( with teacher) is important even for lay practice ?
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Re: Is a Teacher required to practice meditation?

Postby danieLion » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:14 am

Did the Buddha mandate a teacher requirement for practice, and if so, in what Canonical document or documents did he do so? If he did not, I do not not see any way to reasonably justify a "yes" response to the OP's question.

I also feel this thread could use a good working definition of "teacher."

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