Discovering Buddhism

The Spiritual Teacher

The guru-disciple (teacher-student) relationship is essential for making progress on the path in Tibetan Buddhism, yet for many students this most important relationship can often seem mysterious.

This course will explore the role of the teacher on the spiritual path:

  • The need for a teacher
  • The qualities of a teacher and student
  • How to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit in one’s spiritual life
  • Challenges we face when thinking of entering into a teacher-student relationship and learning how to overcome these skillfully

This is the fourth in a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Students may join at any point in the cycle. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. The program is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat.

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