Here is some background:
I recommend everyone interested in Vajrayāna, and particularly Mahāmudrā, listen to (or read) this podcast in full, as Dr. Ray has many relevant things to say about the student-teacher relationship and Vajrayāna tradition in general.Dr. Reggie Ray is an author, teacher, and the Spiritual Director for the Dharma Ocean Community in Crestone, Colorado. He has forty years of study and intensive meditation practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Recently, Dr. Ray published an audio training series through Sounds True titled Mahamudra in the Modern World.
In this episode Dr. Reggie Ray and host Vincent Horn discuss the basics of the Mahamudra tradition and Reggie’s approach to teaching it. He shares his insight into how his personal practice has changed and deepened through teaching, and he answers questions such as: Is a personal relationship with a teacher necessary? And, how does one know when it’s time to start teaching?
I do not ask anyone to agree with what he says, but I do request that those here wishing to post criticism of his views have at least familiarised themselves with this interview and can offer an explanation as to why they disagree.