I have joined a dharma center(FPMT) for about a year now. However, i haven't had the fortunate karma to meet the Lama Zopa Rinpoche(the spiritual director/Guru) yet.
I have read books written by Rinpoche. I have seen rinpoche's activities (through news, through videos).
From my perception I have no doubt that Rinpoche is an enlightened being.
but i'm not sure if i should regard Rinpoche as my guru.
(i have read that one can consider a lama his guru if that lama manages to inspire one for the better. but i just really....don't know.)
What i'm trying to ask is... is it appropriate to see Rinpoche as an enlightened being, say a Buddha and yet not seeing him as my guru?
for now at least....
please, do share insight or experiences.