Questions tagged [teachers]

Questions regarding general relations and interactions between students and teachers. Also questions regarding specific Buddhist teachers. Teachers can be contemporary or historical.

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What should you do when someone teaches false Dharma?

I was part of a religious group that claimed to be everything that the Buddha teaches. But, when you listen to their teachings, you can tell discrepancies between their teachings and Buddhist ...
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Did the Buddha ever 'thunder' during a Fire Sermon?

If I recall correctly, I once read (in a book which I no longer have) that: The Fire Sermon happened (soon) after the Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion The Buddha spoke it to a believer/theorist/...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The practice of Buddhism, as with any other spiritual development, largely relies on the guidance of a good master. With the large variety of traditions and practices out there, how should one go ...
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The role of doubt in Zen Buddhist practice?

The Zen monk Hakuin said that 3 things are essential to practice great faith, great doubt, and great resolve I can see how faith and resolve would be essential but I don't see why doubt would be? ...
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What are Bhavanga and Javana?

Will someone explain Bhavanga and Javana in simple way? At times, they seem non-comprehensible.
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my meditation practice question

Would like to ask if my method of meditation(Mahasi method rising-falling) is correct. When some feeling arise in me, most of the time, i can noting the feeling was somewhere in the body( example: ...
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How can I assess the quality of a local Buddhist group?

I'm located in the West, and, in my local area, there are several Buddhist groups. I would like to join one of them to be more formal in my commitment to learn about Buddhism. My question is, how do I ...
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Which early canonical references help one find a skillful teacher?

There is a similar question from the Vajrayāna stand-point in which I gave an answer that was partially off-topic since it wasn't from that tradition's texts. So I thought it could be useful for ...
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How is Osho seen in the Buddhist community?

Is he considered a great leader? an unusual leader? Does he represents Buddhism? Are his books largely accepted as Buddhist books? The reason I asked is that Osho is (whether you like it or not) very ...
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Vajrayana Buddhism relies on a teacher-pupil relationship. What in tradition or the literature explains how to find the appropriate teacher?

Vajrayana Buddhism is esoteric, in the sense that the transmission of certain teachings only occurs directly from teacher to student during an initiation or empowerment and cannot be simply learned ...
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What is the appropriate use for the term bhante?

I've noticed on the site that quite a few people address Yuttadhammo as bhante. I'm aware that this means teacher. However in my sangha (Triratna Buddhist Community) the term is used differently. ...
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Sutta on the two kinds of (debt) giver, people of guṇā?

Thinking about the two kinds of goodness in giving, and about debt when we receive a gift (guṇā), my person just thought to ask if there is a Sutta which points the different kinds of debt to those ...
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How to deal with people giving reviews to the teaching?

I recently asked a question here and like always some good friends helped me, Their references were right on point and they referred the correct Sutras and i'm forever thankful for that. But when i ...
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Can an answer, while sakayaditthi is present, be intentional free of bias?

Aside of the trap of self-overestimating, theoretical (abhidhamma in action): When one is asked a question and brings his person, his estimate, into play, is it possible to give an answer which is ...
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Have any notable Buddhists commented on Krishnamurti's teachings?

Have any important Buddhists made any claim/s about Krishnamurti's teachings? Especially (caveat I know nothing about this) his claim that "Tell them there is nothing to understand" Bold emphasis ...