Posted by wahyin (220.127.116.11) on June 16, 2000 at 20:30:06:
In Reply to: Faltering posted by Otter28 on June 16, 2000 at 05:47:37:
To be teacherless in learning dharma has one advantage , ie we do not have to face a problem like you face now. I remember there is a saying, " Not all teachers are as good as you think they are, if you happen to follow a bad teacher, the pupils will become bad too. If your teacher is on the right path, then the pupils are also on the right path". Being teacherless like me, I follow only dharma books that I know are true. With dharma wisdom, we know which one is true and which one untrue.
Your teacher had left you all to seek those worldly pleasures means that your teacher had being trapped by demons and now being used by them. Remember Buddha's cousin Ananda once also had fallen into Matangi's daughter charm because Ananda at that time was lack in Samadhi. He gone astrayed but luckily Buddha was alive at that time. Buddha managed to get Manjusri to save Ananda out of that evil charm and came back to the Buddha.
I hope your teacher is like Ananda who can be saved.
Metta to you.
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