Learn how to get the most out of your relationship with your spiritual teachers.
May 22 to June 26 (no class on June 19)
See registration information below.
I am fortunate even to be able to find a few good qualities in my guru. If even my impure mind is able to see this many qualities, how many more good qualities there must be for someone whose mind is purer.
- Kachen Yeshe Gyaltsen
In this course we will be finding out:
♦ what makes a person a qualified spiritual teacher
♦ how to make ourselves ready to learn
♦ the different types of relationships we can have with a teacher
♦ some tips on ways to think that help us have realizations quickly
♦ some of the etiquette in Buddhism
♦ what to do if things go wrong in a guru-disciple relationship
This year, we will be using the Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga practice throughout the course, to learn a little about guru yoga and to create the causes for understanding this subject matter.
Reading packets will be made available each week for download from our website on the Homework page
Sections of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand will be assigned in this course (and most of the rest of the Discovering Buddhism series). If you don’t already have this book, it’s easy to get from the publisher, Wisdom Publications, or other major booksellers. It’s also available as an ebook in various formats.
Suggested books (optional):
- WISE TEACHER, WISE STUDENT: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship by Alexander Berzin, Snow Lion Publications; previously published as Relating to a Spiritual Teacher, which is available in an online version at www.berzinarchives.com.
- The Heart of the Path by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. (Also available as an e-book.)
* Venerable Roger Kunsang has been Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s faithful assistant since the mid-80′s.