Saturday 15 August 2020
You are here:Blog»Philosophy»Buddhism»Dharma»Dangerous Friend
Friday, 22 February 2019 22:02

Dangerous Friend

Dangerous Friend - coverDangerous Friend
- The Teacher-Student Relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism
— by Rig'dzin Dorje

Although Tibetan Buddhism continues to grow in popularity, the crucial relationship between teacher and student remains largely misunderstood. Dangerous Friend offers an in-depth exploration of this mysterious and complex bond, a relationship of paramount importance in Tibetan Buddhist practice.

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the student must have complete trust in the teacher (the 'dangerous friend') if he or she is to achieve any understanding. It is the teacher's responsibility to uphold the integrity of the tradition, the basis of which is compassion for all beings, by transmitting it properly to an appropriate student. Likewise, it is the student's responsibility to meet the challenge of carrying on the lineage of teachings. By entering such a relationship, both teacher and student accept the burden of protecting those teachings by understanding them completely and correctly, by practicing them fully and faultlessly, and by transmitting them without omission.

Lay lamaDangerous Friend  includes discussions of the following topics:

  • Meeting and recognizing an appropriate teacher.
  • Understanding the gravity of entering the teacher-student relationship.
  • Shifting one's approach from spiritual materialism to genuine Buddhist practice.
  • Accepting the challenge of being truly kind, honest, and courageous.

Rig'dzin Dorje is a practitioner and teacher in the Nyingma School of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is currently spiritual director, in the lineage of the Aro gTer, of Buddhist centers throughout Europe, and he spends much of his time traveling and teaching. He lives in London with his wife and son.
— From back cover

  Download / Read
[File about 16 MB]

More in this category: « Paths of Dharma Path of Zen »

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.