rob h wrote:Matt J wrote:The problem with doing it yourself is that we are the problem to begin with--- long standing habits and ways of doing things. It can be exceedingly difficult to see our own problems. The basic ideas of Buddhism are easy to understand, but the application of practice requires a lot of adjustment and feedback.
One issue I see with people who don't want teachers is that people want to do it yourself--- they want to pick and choose which parts to follow and which to reject. They want to mix and match based on personal preference. Yet the personal preferences create the problems to begin with.
Agreed with this too, have had enough problems with it over the last decade, so can definitely say that can be an obstacle! But eventually if you clear your perception enough you start to notice these things, and after a certain amount of time, if you're meditating properly enough too, you can be better able to deal with them. I'm not saying it's easy though, clearly, because at first those things might not even be conscious for quite a while. A good teacher will be able to spot those things quickly I'd guess and help. So yeah, not saying having a teacher is a bad thing at all, just that I think there can be an alternative for people if they really want to go down that route, and that it'd help if it wasn't frowned upon so much.
Well, there is the model of the Pratyekabuddha who reach nirvana without a teacher, but this is not present in the Mahayana and Vajrayana. So, given that you are posting on a Mahayana and Vajrayana forum, you can expect that your POV will not be accepted.
I'm curious why you don't feel comfortable/interested practicing with guidance from a good teacher? There are a lot of obstacles that can be there for a given individual.