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Reliance upon the spiritual guide: Qualities.
« on: February 15, 2010, 05:19:45 am »
Reliance upon the Spiritual Guide is called the 'root of the path' because all other spiritual realizations of sutra and tantra depend upon it.
The many branches of our fruit of dharma practise are sustained and nourished by the root of reliance  upon the Spiritual Guide.
Just as in our odinary education we need to rely upon the help of well-qualified teachers to guide us from the level of nusery school to the completion of college or university training, so in the spiritual training that leads to full enlightenment we need to rely upon a well qualified Spiritual Guide.
Such a deep root cannot be planted hastily. We need to become aquainted with someone who has all the qualifications of a Spiritual Guide, and gradually gain confidence through their teaching and example so that we can rely upon their guidance. Our relationship with our Spiritual Guide is the very source of all spiritual attainments , therefore we must make sure that he or she possesses all the necessary qualifications.
It is not sufficient that he is famous for his knowledge of buddhism or that he is attractive or charasmatic personality. Even if he is an unusually kind and sympathetic person, this alone is not a sufficent basis for devoting ourselves to him completely.

A fully qualified Mahayana Spiritual Guide is someone who possesses ten special qualities, According to Ornament for Mahayan sutras these are:

1.  A mind that is controlled by the practise of morale discipline,
2. A mind that has become peaceful and undistracted through the practise of concentration.
3. Reduced self-grasping through the practise of wisdom.
4. Greater knowledge than the disciple.
5. Delight in teaching Dharma.
6. A wealth of Scriptural knowledge.
7. A deep and stable realiation of emptiness.
8. Great skill in explaining Dharma.
9. Compassion and love for his disciples.
10. Ethusiasm for teaching Dharma, being free from discouragement or laziness.

If we are not so fortunate to know someone who has all these qualities we can rely upon a Spiritual Guide who at least practises morale discipline, concentration and wisdom, who has compassion and love for his or her disciples, and who has gained a realization of emptiness.

We benifit by relying upon our Spiritual Guide the eight main benifits are as follows:

1. We progress toward enlightenment.
2. We delight all the Buddhas.
3. We are not harmed by demons and other evil influences.
4. We easily overcome our faults and delusions.
5. Our experiences and realizations of spiritual grounds and paths greatly increase.
6. We never lack spiritual friends in all our future lives.
7. We do not take rebirth in lower realms.
8. All our wishes, temporary and ultimate, are easily fulfilled.
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Re: Reliance upon the spiritual guide: Qaulities.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 10:11:49 am »
Reliance upon the Spiritual Guide is called the 'root of the path' because all other spiritual realizations of sutra and tantra depend upon it.
The many branches of our fruit of dharma practise are sustained and nourished by the root of reliance  upon the Spiritual Guide.
Just as in our odinary education we need to rely upon the help of well-qualified teachers to guide us from the level of nusery school to the completion of college or university training, so in the spiritual training that leads to full enlightenment we need to rely upon a well qualified Spiritual Guide.
Such a deep root cannot be planted hastily. We need to become aquainted with someone who has all the qualifications of a Spiritual Guide, and gradually gain confidence through their teaching and example so that we can rely upon their guidance. Our relationship with our Spiritual Guide is the very source of all spiritual attainments , therefore we must make sure that he or she possesses all the necessary qualifications.
It is not sufficient that he is famous for his knowledge of buddhism or that he is attractive or charasmatic personality. Even if he is an unusually kind and sympathetic person, this alone is not a sufficent basis for devoting ourselves to him completely.

A fully qualified Mahayana Spiritual Guide is someone who possesses ten special qualities, According to Ornament for Mahayan sutras these are:

1.  A mind that is controlled by the practise of morale discipline,
2. A mind that has become peaceful and undistracted through the practise of concentration.
3. Reduced self-grasping through the practise of wisdom.
4. Greater knowledge than the disciple.
5. Delight in teaching Dharma.
6. A wealth of Scriptural knowledge.
7. A deep and stable realiation of emptiness.
8. Great skill in explaining Dharma.
9. Compassion and love for his disciples.
10. Ethusiasm for teaching Dharma, being free from discouragement or laziness.

If we are not so fortunate to know someone who has all these qualities we can rely upon a Spiritual Guide who at least practises morale discipline, concentration and wisdom, who has compassion and love for his or her disciples, and who has gained a realization of emptiness.

We benifit by relying upon our Spiritual Guide the eight main benifits are as follows:

1. We progress toward enlightenment.
2. We delight all the Buddhas.
3. We are not harmed by demons and other evil influences.
4. We easily overcome our faults and delusions.
5. Our experiences and realizations of spiritual grounds and paths greatly increase.
6. We never lack spiritual friends in all our future lives.
7. We do not take rebirth in lower realms.
8. All our wishes, temporary and ultimate, are easily fulfilled.


It is also worth noting that accepting a student, especially on the path of Tantra, is a huge responsibility for the Spiritual Guide. We may choose our Spiritual Guide with care, but we should not expect a predictable or easy ride, when like a good parent, the lessons given are sometimes tough love. ;)

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Re: Reliance upon the spiritual guide: Qaulities.
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 02:34:38 pm »
Reliance upon the Spiritual Guide is called the 'root of the path' because all other spiritual realizations of sutra and tantra depend upon it.
The many branches of our fruit of dharma practise are sustained and nourished by the root of reliance  upon the Spiritual Guide.
Just as in our odinary education we need to rely upon the help of well-qualified teachers to guide us from the level of nusery school to the completion of college or university training, so in the spiritual training that leads to full enlightenment we need to rely upon a well qualified Spiritual Guide.
Such a deep root cannot be planted hastily. We need to become aquainted with someone who has all the qualifications of a Spiritual Guide, and gradually gain confidence through their teaching and example so that we can rely upon their guidance. Our relationship with our Spiritual Guide is the very source of all spiritual attainments , therefore we must make sure that he or she possesses all the necessary qualifications.
It is not sufficient that he is famous for his knowledge of buddhism or that he is attractive or charasmatic personality. Even if he is an unusually kind and sympathetic person, this alone is not a sufficent basis for devoting ourselves to him completely.

A fully qualified Mahayana Spiritual Guide is someone who possesses ten special qualities, According to Ornament for Mahayan sutras these are:

1.  A mind that is controlled by the practise of morale discipline,
2. A mind that has become peaceful and undistracted through the practise of concentration.
3. Reduced self-grasping through the practise of wisdom.
4. Greater knowledge than the disciple.
5. Delight in teaching Dharma.
6. A wealth of Scriptural knowledge.
7. A deep and stable realiation of emptiness.
8. Great skill in explaining Dharma.
9. Compassion and love for his disciples.
10. Ethusiasm for teaching Dharma, being free from discouragement or laziness.

If we are not so fortunate to know someone who has all these qualities we can rely upon a Spiritual Guide who at least practises morale discipline, concentration and wisdom, who has compassion and love for his or her disciples, and who has gained a realization of emptiness.

We benifit by relying upon our Spiritual Guide the eight main benifits are as follows:

1. We progress toward enlightenment.
2. We delight all the Buddhas.
3. We are not harmed by demons and other evil influences.
4. We easily overcome our faults and delusions.
5. Our experiences and realizations of spiritual grounds and paths greatly increase.
6. We never lack spiritual friends in all our future lives.
7. We do not take rebirth in lower realms.
8. All our wishes, temporary and ultimate, are easily fulfilled.


It is also worth noting that accepting a student, especially on the path of Tantra, is a huge responsibility for the Spiritual Guide. We may choose our Spiritual Guide with care, but we should not expect a predictable or easy ride, when like a good parent, the lessons given are sometimes tough love. ;)

Aye tough love LOL
Well thank goodness that im not a student of marpa  :teehee:
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We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

 


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