The Guru, by Dalai Lama

Buddhism now

In the practice of Tantra, the guru is very important and many qualifications have been outlined in the various Tantric writings for Tantric masters. A Tantric master who confers the empowerment ceremony should possess the necessary qualifi­cations. It is important, there­fore, for the disciple to exam­ine whether a person he/she wishes to take on as a lama, or guru, possesses these qualifi­cations.

Photo: Tibetian Images, Monastries, and Monks from Ulaanbaatar. British Library #endangeredarchives project.

This point has been empha­sized in the Tantra. It is said that, even if it were to take twelve years to be convinced of a person’s qualifications, one should definitely take that time to convince oneself.

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