Posted by Dharma Student (220.127.116.11) on November 04, 2000 at 01:20:13:
In Reply to: My view regarding "guidance", Dharma Student posted by SkySitter on November 03, 2000 at 23:13:25:
Oh, I think there should be at least another reason for studying with a teacher.
It seems now we're so uncomfortable with the fashion of having a guidance, we'd love to say no one can enlighten us, we are our own guidance. That makes sense. But let's look at it from another side: is it just because we subconsciously want to protect our ego?
It is shown in the story about Hui Nang that even after he had composed that well-known (and also over-quoted) "Bodhi is not tree" poem, he still were not fully enlightened, there were subtle confusions which were not cleared up until the Fifth patriarch's taught him the Diamond Sutra.
I've heard that in the Chinese Chan tradition the verification of a qualified teacher has been emphasized because anyone can interpret what he experiences in a highly subjective way.
I just tell from my own experiences that advices from people other than ourselves helped to open up. Everyone does have different options and I accept that.
BTW, I would be also interested in knowing the Tibetan point-of-view.
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