Finding a Teacher

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Olia
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Finding a Teacher

Postby Olia » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:49 pm

Hello,

I am very interested in finding a teacher/mentor in the Theravada tradition. I am not able to travel, and I do not drive, so attending gatherings is not an option for me. I follow teachings (text and video) of Ajahn Noah Yuttadhammo and Ajahn Thanasanti Bhikkhuni on their websites, but I am curious to know if it is possible (or advisable) to develop a more personal teacher/student relationship online.

I understand that teachers cannot be expected to pour out their energies to individual students long distance, but has anyone ever known of this happening? And if so... would it be of benefit? How important is it to have a teacher?

Thank you,

Olia
:namaste:

Maarten
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby Maarten » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:28 pm


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Olia
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby Olia » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:22 pm

Thank you for replying, Maarten!

I am actually a member on the Sirimangalo site and I do find it helpful. :)

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LonesomeYogurt
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:04 pm

You can also call Thannisarro Bhikkhu - he accepts phone calls at certain times during the day.

Are there any temples near you?
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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Alobha
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby Alobha » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:09 pm


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Dan74
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby Dan74 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:14 pm

I would write to the two Ajahns that you've mentioned and ask for their advice/guidance.
_/|\_

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Hanzze
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby Hanzze » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:00 am

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Hanzze
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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby Hanzze » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:04 am

Just saw a beautiful sutta, which might transport something needed here on DW:
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Finding a Teacher

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:33 pm

If you don't have a teacher I hope you will read the vast amount of information on Buddhist practice that sites like www.accesstoinsight.org has. I hope you listen to talks by Ajhan Brahm as well. You may already know that vast numbers of practicing Buddhists practice in this way, and there is no absolute requirement to have one particular teacher.

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