guru student relationship

guru student relationship

You know just now during the break many people are asking me questions such as the relationship between guru and the student. That is another big subject. And many of the student and guru relationship does not work or falls apart because first coming with the wrong motivation. Secondly, well wrong motivation of course is an impure perception already. And then while you are having relationship with the guru because of that impure motivation all the perception is also impure. I will elaborate this. Okay, you go to a guru okay, you go to a guru and your motivation is not for enlightenment but your motivation is to be near the guru you understand. To be near the guru. I want to stress this a little bit because I don’t know somehow watching many of Kungfu film, the Chinese Kungfu film, and also the Chinese history. I mean this is not a problem with the Chinese society alone. Tibetans have the same problem. Indians, I don’t know, I think they have the same problem. But because right now we are, I mean the Chinese society. Let’s talk about this. This seems to be a big problem, you know, what you call it. They call it, what, the big brother, ‘Ta Er Ker’ or something. When one Kungfu master dies he has to have a successor, isn’t it. The lineage holder. Isn’t it, lineage holder. Many of the Kungfu film is about two student fighting about who becomes the lineage holder, isn’t it. Not only in the Kungfu film but you read in a – even what is his name, master Huineng sixth patriarch,  Huineng . He had a tough time because some of the students didn’t want him to be the sixth patriarch. Didn’t want him to have the begging bowl and the robe. There was a lot of tough time. So what I am saying is some disciples, some students, some people come not for enlightenment but to become the ‘Ta Er Ker’,you understand, the big brother, the lineage holder. Or they want to become or – there are so many strange things like that. People come so that they can take photograph with the Rinpoche. Or the highest Lama is the best. And then later they can show it to a lower student and, see I am someone special. You better do what I say. You understand. I am kind of a special. There are so many I have noticed this. And these are all what I call impure perception. Because in Buddhism really the sole purpose of practicing the Buddha Dharma is to achieve enlightenment. Who cares about lineage holder or to become the second in command. Anyway, you should not be aiming for a second in command. You should be aiming for the first in command which is the enlightenment. That should be the real purpose. But this is easier to say then practice. Many people, many disciples, many many disciples, because their motivation is to be close to their guru, sometimes if the guru ignores them for about half a day, they go through a depression for sixth month. Depression, they eat prozac. Is it prozac. And so much pain, so much. And then if another student also becomes slightly favored, favored boy of the guru, then your situation becomes very insecure. Oh oh, I have a competitor. I have you know a competition. You understand. All this stems from a wrong motivation. Your motivation for enlightenment. Your motivation is to be recognized. To be the recognized person. And that is why we have pain. You see, why we call it impure perception, because it brings you pain. It really brings so much pain.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003

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