Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje (126.96.36.199) on April 20, 2000 at 11:24:56:
In Reply to: In Defense of The Teacher-less "not really buddhists" Buddhists posted by Rochelle on April 19, 2000 at 13:38:34:
To have a teacher that you have a real connection is great. But to not have a teacher doesn't make one" not a Buddhist". The historical Buddha didn't have a teacher to guide him to "enlightenment". I'm not saying we are that strong in our practice, but the Buddha did say we all have the buddha nature in us. If you practice regularly, with wholehearted effort, you are practicing with more merit than a monk that just recites sutras like a parrot with no practice. It's very easy to go through the motions of ritual, but if it's not put into a regular practice, it's wasted effort. The Buddha did say this but with more eloquence. Just keep the practice alive. Even Buddhists have delusion about the "right" way to practice.
Peace and strngth to you, Stephen
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