Don’t Rely On The Teacher

Don’t rely on the teacher.
Don’t rely on the words.
Don’t rely on the meaning.

Rely on personal experience and observation.

If we stop at the teacher, the words, the meaning, that is all theory, with the result that we only think we know. Experience is confirmation realised through observed karmic reactions. When we understand, we stand under these findings; we can then take responsibility, for we now know that they are absolutely true.

Not relying isn’t being negative. There is a right time to rely on the teacher, the words, the meaning but, when it counts, through experience, the moment now tells us everything we need to know.

The great Tibetan master Marpa went to India to find teachings and text to take back to Tibet. During part of the return journey on a boat, his friend became jealous and threw all the texts overboard. As a result, Marpa could only take back what he’d actually experienced and understood. That is what made him a great teacher.

Rely on confirmation.
True teachings are passed on through confirmation. They are not passed on through hearsay and repetition. Confirmation is the scientific empirical method which involves careful observation, applying rigorous skepticism about what is observed, given that cognitive assumptions can distort how one interprets the observation. Based on such observations and deductions, refinements or eliminations are made.

Confirmation is all you need to know!
Truth should be challenged to see what is left.

All spiritual teachers and students can talk the talk,
but can they listen?

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