The qualities of spiritual mentors and students

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Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa. Visit Gomchen Lamrim Study Guide for a full list of contemplation points for the series.

  • Reading books and listening to teachings is good, but real Dharma practice is transforming the mind
  • How the topic of relying on a spiritual mentor can be misunderstood
    • Relying on the spiritual teacher is not about blind faith or worship of the teacher
  • The 10 qualities to look for in a spiritual mentor from the Ornament for Mahayana Sutras by Maitreya
  • The three characteristics of students who rely on a qualified spiritual mentor
  • Cultivating the attitudes needed to benefit from the spiritual mentor
  • Focus on the teacher’s good qualities rather than look for faults

Gomchen Lamrim 03: The qualities of a spiritual mentor and disciples (download)

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Contemplation points

  1. Spend some time really thinking about the qualities of a good spiritual mentor as Venerable Chodron described. She also said that the Buddha helps us through our spiritual mentor. So how do these specific qualities in a spiritual mentor help US progress along the path?
  2. Also spend some time thinking about the qualities of a qualified disciple. Why are they important? To what extent do you have these qualities? What specific things can you do to help strengthen and cultivate them?
  3. Why are we instructed to not look for the faults in our spiritual mentor once we have checked them out and chosen them as our teacher?

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