Fitting The Right Teaching To The Right Student
It is said that a teacher must not give high teachings to low students, and low teachings to high students, as this may cause them to step off the path: one will feel overwhelmed, and the other, dissatisfied. There will also be problems for both teacher and student in later lives, so it is said.
This blogger is not a teacher, but just a student who writes spontaneously. In addition, it’s so expensive to go to teachings, and so this blog offers a taste of the essence of Buddhism. In fact, it throws light on other spiritual paths at the same time! Although it is based on the Tibetan approach of Dzogchen, is it not about the cultural aspects of thrones, thankas, dorjes, rupas, bells, prayer wheels, protection cords, dharma names, special seeds, empowerments, monasteries, long pujas, etcetera; these are wonderfully colourful and interesting, and give work to craftsmen and women, but they also contribute to the expense through culturally involvement. We may become Dharma Tourists, and this can turn one’s home into a museum 😉 Artefacts and rituals are available as a ‘valuable’ reminder of the teachings, but we can just as easily use the space we are in.
This blog is about teachings that have been received, reviewed, reflected upon and expressed. It is not publicised, so people find it only by synchronicity (karma) or word of mouth; it’s a continuation of one’s own endeavours.
Are these writings are ‘high’ or ‘low’? The hope is that they are reasonable.
Secret teachings are ‘self secret’, which means that a reader may not find them suitable, and will not understand the words. This is because they haven’t been ‘warmed up’ first; the hope is that this blog will warm you up – or set you on fire!
There is a mystery concerning spiritual teachings. One wonders if they are kept a mystery so that people keep coming back in the hope of being ‘ready’ at some time in the future. All we have to do is understand the pointing out, remember, experience, practise and then realise – and know.
It is also said that a student should have a good look at the teacher, and likewise, the teacher should have a good look at the student, before they commit to each other. This is especially important in Vajrayana, and takes many years, but if one then decides, “No, this teacher is not for me”, one may feel that time has been wasted. I was with one teacher for 11 years before he dismissed me: that dismissal led me to discover Dzogchen, so it wasn’t a waste at all.
I haven’t been to teachings for four years, and I’ve learnt so much by reviewing everything and practising mental kinesthetics, recognising movements in the mind. At some levels, these movements are seen as obstacles, whereas at other levels, they are wisdoms: that’s Dzogchen for you!
This brings us on to the mystery of ‘a guiding hand’ … I’ll have to talk about that another time.
Now, is that a trick to bring you back for more?! … 😀 😀 😀