Chosing the right master

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spanda
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Chosing the right master

Post by spanda » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:17 pm

Hi

From what i understood, in Vajrayana tradition, it is important to have a fully prepared master. I remember that I read that the process of "testing" the master (to see if it is a genuine one or a fake one?) before embarking on the path could take even 12 years (!). Is this true? Can someone give me some quotes, or some tittles to read in detail about this?

Thanks

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Re: Chosing the right master

Post by Malcolm » Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:22 pm

spanda wrote:Hi

From what i understood, in Vajrayana tradition, it is important to have a fully prepared master. I remember that I read that the process of "testing" the master (to see if it is a genuine one or a fake one?) before embarking on the path could take even 12 years (!). Is this true? Can someone give me some quotes, or some tittles to read in detail about this?

Thanks
Well, in the beginning, a safe bet is to pick a lineage head like HH Dalai Lama, HH Sakya Trizen, one of the Karmapas, etc.

Then, later, when one has more knowledge and so on, one can choose other teachers.

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Re: Chosing the right master

Post by justsit » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:30 pm

Some related information here.

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Re: Chosing the right master

Post by deff » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:00 pm

i found my root guru through a mirror divination by Lama Dawa - http://lamadawa.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - and am very very pleased with the connection i found. if you have faith in the process, i would really suggest it. it's difficult to 'test the guru' though unfortuantely as most lamas are very busy and it's hard to get enough time close to them to examine them to the extent described in certain texts, at least that's what i've found. best of luck in finding your teacher! :smile:

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Re: Chosing the right master

Post by Chaz » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:32 pm

spanda wrote:Hi

From what i understood, in Vajrayana tradition, it is important to have a fully prepared master. I remember that I read that the process of "testing" the master (to see if it is a genuine one or a fake one?) before embarking on the path could take even 12 years (!). Is this true? Can someone give me some quotes, or some tittles to read in detail about this?

Thanks

I wouldn't get too worried about finding a teacher for Vajrayana just now. Namdrol's advice is sound. Heed it.

JustSit's link over to the Berzin Archives is good.

You might also consider getting a copy of "Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Patrul Rinpoche at some point, but I'd even wait on that.

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Post by Grigoris » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:37 am

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