personal guidance "required" in Dharama practice?

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Posted by SkySitter ( on November 06, 2000 at 23:54:36:

My view is that a teacher's job is to "verify" the practice. Is my "entrance" acceptable (by the community)? Is my experience similar to that of others? I don't think any expectation beyond this would be wise or even practical.

I am willing and ready to make mistakes (not intentionally).

Dhrama Student suggested that a teacher would help when we come to a cross-road. An experienced teacher would be able to point us to the right direction, to warn us what's ahead.

What do you think? (Actually, "what is your experience on this subject?" is what I want to ask. However, I would take any speculation, any reading from the scripture, any logic referencing, or just feeling. Don't take me too seriously.)

P.S., from the reading of the posts, it seems that I have missed some "interesting" posts about fireworks (hellfires) or something?! As a practitioner of Mahayana (the Greater Vehicle), hell is where Buddhists should go (where "needs" and "helps" are in great demands...)

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