Posted by Lotus (188.8.131.52) on November 07, 2000 at 02:11:24:
In Reply to: personal guidance "required" in Dharama practice? 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...)
In buddhism practice, you really need a real teacher,
I mean a master as your personal guidance. A true master
is a master that understand all the pathways to realization
and can lead you to the right way.
It is the same idea in Tibetan Buddhism, we need a Guru
to practice the tantra.
The meaning of Guru is already explain in the teaching
by a lama in 'teaching' part in this website.
Mahayana encourage us to be cultivate the bodhisattva
way. The stage is beyond the arhat level and that's why
a real buddha never enter into the Nirvana stream but
always reborn and reborn again just because of their compassion
to all beings.
The mostly famous bodhisattva is greatly known in
Tibetan Buddhism too that is 'Kuan Yin Bodhisattva'
Great Compassion Mantra is one of Kuan Yin's great
mantra to save beings.
Om mani padme hum is also related to Kuan Yin actually.
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