Wesley1982 wrote:I would think that the teacher/guru would know better than the student! . .
The way I understand guru yoga at the very least the student should think the teacher has something to teach. The famous example is Atisha who went to Indonesia to learn Bodhicitta from Serlingpa who had a Chittamatrin view, while Atisha was a madhymika. The teacher doesnt have to have more knowledge or higher realizations than the student WILL HAVE, just in at least one direction more realizations or knowledge than the student starts out with. The student has to have character enough to be devoted in the face of th limitations of the teacher, though only taking on board what is valuable, true etc.
From a western perspective it's a tough thing to get right: neither losing independent thinking, nor losing respect.