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Andrew108 wrote:It's a karma thing. It's about who in the lineage inspires you most. Don't follow a teacher or be involved with an organization just because they are close. A genuine student will meet a genuine teacher no matter what the distance involved is. But again it's all about who inspires you. Do your research.
My background is that I was, and still am, inspired by the teachings of Nagarjuna and Milarepa. My teacher embodies both of these great masters. His name is Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. I'm so fortunate to have met and taken teachings from him. He inspires me everyday. If you could ever connect with a great teacher from the Kagyu lineage like Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso then you would have a lot of good fortune.
mountainwind wrote:From what I understand, the vast majority of Kagyu teachers and groups follow Ogyen Trinley Dorje. However the group local to me, dechen.org, follows Trinley Thaye Dorje. The lama in question is Jampa Thaye and, by all accounts that I've read, he seems to be very legitimate and reputable. I haven't come across any criticisms of his teachings or ethics.
mountainwind wrote:But if I study with this group, does this mean that I am not allowed to take other teachings from lamas who follow Ogyen Trinley Dorje? ie will I be isolating myself from the rest of Kagyu Buddhism? Or is it accepted to take teachings from teachers on both sides of the dividing line as long as they are legitimate teachers?