Following a Teacher Series
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Follow a spiritual teacher who is disciplined, peaceful, utterly serene,
Endowed with special qualities, diligent, rich in scriptural learning,
Highly realized concerning the nature of reality, skilled in speaking,
The embodiment of love, and indefatigable.
Texts on the topic of following a teacher (bla ma bsten tshul/bshes gnyen bsten tshul) or the guru-disciple relationship:
This warning of the dangers of criticising a guru from whom one has received empowerment—and to whom one therefore has samaya commitments—was written in the wake of opposition to Jamyang Khyentse's decision to take a consort.
- The Bright Lamp of Wisdom: A Guide to the Practice of Guru Yoga (Yeshe Saldrön) by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
In this brief guide to samaya (Tib. dam tshig), the author uses the example of receiving a Mañjuśrī empowerment to explain some of the most important commitments related to enlightened body, speech and mind.