Roles and responsibilities of a spiritual mentor

18 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of a series of teachings given during a retreat based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice given at Sravasti Abbey.

  • The hierarchy between teacher and student
  • Clear expectations about the role of a spiritual mentor
  • Three types of practice, three types of spiritual mentors
  • Questions and answers

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18 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice: Roles and Responsibilities of a Spiritual Mentor 11-03-19

Contemplation points

  1. What is the attitude with which we want to approach our spiritual mentors, the teachings, and visiting the monastery? How is this beneficial for our own mind?
  2. What is the role of a spiritual mentor in our lives? How is this different from our other relationships? Why does this role not include filling our emotional needs, being a psychotherapist, tell us who to marry, etc? Have you ever had expectations of a spiritual mentor that were not realistic? What were the results? How did you work through it?
  3. What are the three types of practices, their method, and ethical restraints? What are the differences in how we are to relate to our mentors in these different practices? Why is this helpful for us as we progress along the path?

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