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It is not my intention to run this whole "find a teacher" thing into the ground, it is just that the more information you have at your command on the subject, the better able you should be to ensure any decison in the area will unfold favorably in YOUR behalf. In so saying, please go to:

SAY, ARE YOU A TEACHER?

HEY, WHO CAN YOU TRUST?


HOW I SEE A TEACHER:

A bird flew into a temple one day and couldn't get out. The bird flew from window to window, battering himself in a vain effort to escape. Then, exhausted, the bird rested on the windowsill of the only open window...without realizing it was actually different from the others. A teacher, who happened into the temple toward the end of the bird's efforts, and observing the difference of the windows was not known to the bird, clapped his hands. The startled bird jumped through the window and was free.


If you read the sutra about teaching you may recall the following five "rules" prefaced with the statement by the Buddha:

"It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when five qualities are established within the person teaching. Which five?

"[1] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought,

'I will speak step-by-step.'

"[2] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought,

'I will speak explaining the sequence [of cause & effect].'

"[3] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought,

'I will speak out of compassion.'

"[4] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought,

'I will speak not for the purpose of material reward.'

"[5] The Dhamma should be taught with the thought,

'I will speak without disparaging myself or others.'

"It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when these five qualities are established within the person teaching."


I pretty much go along with that.

The How I see a teacher is a preferred variation of classic Zen theme. For another version read the below quote from the so designated "Wordless Transmission" link. If going to the link, scroll down to the story of the bee:

WORDLESS TRANSMISSION


"A few days later, as the old master sat under a waxed- paper window studying a sutra, a bee began to buzz around the room; and the bee, drawn to the outside light, kept crashing into the window paper, trying to get out of the room. Shen Zan watched the frustrated bee and said, "So you want to get out and enter the infinity of space! Well, you won't do it by penetrating old paper..." Then he said simply, "The door stands open but the bee refuses to go through it. See how it knocks its head against the shut window. Foolish Bee! When will it understand that the Way is blocked by paper?"



One last highly informative, but that carries with it a somewhat harsh tone, "Seeking a Teacher" offering:

MEANS OF AUTHORIZATION


Any formal arrangement you place yourself in please consider what has been offered thus far and go into it with your EYES OPEN. To assist in same, please see:


THE FALSE GURU TEST





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