Reliance on a Spiritual Guide
Saturday, 1 June 10:00am-4:30pm
Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland2 Stokes Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland, 1024
Learn to create a connection with an enlightened being, the root of the spiritual path. You will also learn how to understand the practice of relying on a spiritual guide. This day course can be done as a day course, and also as an introduction to the retreat in the following days.
It includes lunch.
All schools of Buddhism agree that the practice of Guru yoga, or relying upon a Spiritual Guide, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.
We can understand this from our ordinary experiences. For example, if we want to acquire special skills, become proficient at a particular sport, or learn to play a musical instrument well, we naturally seek a qualified teacher to instruct us. By following our teacher’s example and sincerely applying his or her instructions, eventually we accomplish our aim and become just like our teacher. If reliance upon a qualified teacher is necessary for mundane achievements such as these, how much more necessary is it for spiritual attainments such as liberation or enlightenment?
A pure Spiritual Guide must have authentic spiritual attainments, hold a pure lineage, cherish the Buddhadharma, and with love and compassion give unmistaken teachings to his or her disciples. If we meet such a Spiritual Guide we should consider ourself to be very fortunate. We should develop faith in him and rely upon him or her sincerely by practicing purely what he or she teaches.
To meet a fully-qualified Spiritual Guide is infinitely more meaningful than to possess external wealth. Our Spiritual Guide is our real benefactor. He or she gives us the inner wealth of moral discipline, concentration, and wisdom, and eventually leads us to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment.Register Now
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