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Exploring the Teacher - Student Relationship

  • Phuntsok Choling Ward, CO (map)


Nowadays, talking about the teacher-student relationship in the context of a spiritual path often feels a bit like opening a can of worms. Many questions can arise: does a practice of devotion mean that you have to give up your discerning intelligence? What is the function of such a relationship and how does it work? What are the commitments, rewards, and challenges that arise in such a relationship?

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In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of these rich but potentially confusing topics. She will lead discussions about how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher. And she will talk about the profound approach the Buddhist tradition, in particular the Vajrayana, where one ultimately learns to see everything in one’s experience as the teacher.