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pemachophel wrote:In any case, I'm wondering if the lack of interest in this thread is because this forum is so heavily represented by students of ChNNR.
In any case, I'd like to hear how younger students in the Dharma feel they are doing with the kinds of long-distance relationships so many seem to have with Tibetan Lamas these days. As the Tibetan saying goes, "The student needs to be close enough to the Lama to feel the heat, yet not so close as to get burnt."
Jikan wrote:Yes, you need a competent teacher. Someone who attempts to teach himself has a fool for a teacher.
pemachophel wrote:1. You get to be in the presence of someone Who is skilled at and (hopefully) constantly in the View. This has a strong positive influence on one's own meditation, just as a stick lying in a sandalwood forest is said to eventually pick-up the smell of sandalwood. One gets "entrained" by the Guru's Wisdom Mind, sort of like "slip-streaming." You get pulled along by the Teacher's samadhi. If we call this blessings, then there are also the very real and powerful blessings of simply touching or being touched by the Teacher's body and partaking of a portion of the Teacher's food and drink. Even just seeing the Teacher is itself a huge blessing.
9. And finally, in terms of asking questions, one may think they have no questions to ask. However, as soon as one goes into retreat, one typically immediately has questions about the details of whatever technique one is practicing. The ability to get these questions answered can save a huge amount of doubt and unnecessary discursive thought.
Truly the Teacher is a wish-fulfilling jewel. Hence the benefits of being in the Teacher's presence are far too many for me to even begin to enumerate adequately.