Guru business

Guru business

Another thing, there is this very strange, ongoing problem, which is very obscured and never really clear about the Guru business. Some people think that if you are taking refuge to a certain Lama, or Guru or Khenpo or whatever suddenly this person has become their Guru. Now the Guru is basically, I think in Sanskrit it means teacher, the master or something like that. So Guru can be someone who teaches you music, dance. In India, and as well as in Nepal I think, this is a culture that really venerates anybody who gives you anything to do with the knowledge or wisdom. So you see these like performance, dancers or the musicians, the first thing they do is touch the Guru’s feet, the masters feet and all of this. So wonderful. Even you know whatever, carpenter Guru, driving instructor, all of them. In a way, anyone who gives you some kind of a knowledge that will give you a temporary benefit or even a permanent benefit is very very venerated and appreciated. So of course there is no need to mention about the Guru who gives you ??? lam, the path to the liberation. Of course. But by the time you reach to the Vajrayana now the meaning of the Guru has become different. When you reach to the Vajrayana – this is not the time to talk about the Vajrayana, just to clear some of the doubt – by the time you have reached to the Vajrayana Guru is not only a master as some kind of an instructor, Guru has become a path. Guru is the path. Guru is everything basically. I don’t need to say anything else but Guru, as many of you practice the Tantra, Guru dissolves into you. That alone should indicate you that Guru is none other than you. Okay. So that is sort the ideal situation. But there has been lots of obscurity about the Guru business.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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