TMingyur wrote:Adamantine wrote:Well however you want to put it then: -what Mahayana tradition is there that instructs one to leave a teacher as soon as one finds some benefit?
There are Mahayana traditions that advocate the path to liberation from obscurations. Now the question is: Where may obscurations be lurking?
I think this question presupposes an answer: specifically, it presupposes that one's teacher or more specifically one's commitment to learning from one's teacher is a form of obscuration. I suppose that if one has a poisoned relationship with a teacher, or an incompetent teacher, then this may be the case. A capable teacher doesn't demand mindless devotion, and finds ways to cut away 'hero worship' and other such games.
I'd like to propose another angle: might it not also be possible that a lack of trust in any durable teaching relationship indicates a lack of trust in the method of teaching, in one's own learning? A teacher-student relationship demands that the student trust that the teacher is better informed than the student, specifically that because the teacher is less deluded than the student, the teacher understands the student's learning and learning needs better than the student does. (In this sense the teacher is a bulwark against evasion and avoidance...).
To the point: if your teacher is legit, he or she will tell you when to go away as you've learned enough. Maybe push you out of the nest.