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In this excellent lecture Sangharakshita first establishes what a guru is not. He then explains what kind of relationship a disciple has with a guru or spiritual teacher, and draws a distinction between Eastern and Western attitudes towards spiritual teachers.
Talk given in 1970.
This talk is part of the series Aspects of the Higher Evolution of the Individual.
|1.||A matter-of-fact approach; a guru is not the head of a religious group (10:23)|
|2.||Responses to criticism: the Buddha and the angry monk (6:17)|
|3.||A guru is not an ecclesiastical superior (2:00)|
|4.||A guru is not a teacher (4:17)|
|5.||A guru is not a father substitute (12:09)|
|6.||A guru is not a problem-solver: a distinction between 'problems' and 'difficulties' (9:25)|
|7.||A possible misunderstanding; 'horizontal' and 'vertical' communication (12:59)|
|8.||The guru continues to evolve (2:22)|
|9.||The necessity of personal relationships; how to choose a guru: (11:28)|
|10.||Eastern attitudes to the guru (8:30)|
|11.||Gurus in the West (5:54)|
|12.||The Middle Way: “Let any reasonable man come to me” (5:57)|
Total running time: 1:31:41