The Sutra of Ksitigarbha (Ksitigarbha-sutra) says:
Listen to the teachings with one-pointed faith and respect.
Do not censure or deride the speaker;
Honor your instructors—
Develop the idea that they are like a buddha.
Thus, as this says, view the instructor as being like a buddha. Eliminate disrespect; honor him or her with homage and goods by offering a lion throne and the like.Excerpt From: Tsong-kha-pa. “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: The Lamrim Chenmo: Volume One”
Without guru devotion, nothing happens—no realizations, no liberation, no enlightenment—just as without the root of a tree there can be no trunk, branches, leaves or fruit. Everything, up to enlightenment, depends on guru devotion.
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
This book presents extensive teachings on guru devotion by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, a contemporary exemplar of the practice. Rinpoche explains the importance of the spiritual teacher, advises the correct way to develop a student-teacher bond, and offers commentary on each traditional guru devotion sub-topic found in Lama Tsongkhapa’s lam-rim.
Drawing from nearly fifty teachings, this treasure is the result of seven years of painstaking editing by Ven. Ailsa Cameron. Not only does it include teachings on the traditional sub-topics that fall under guru devotion found in Tsongkhapa’s lam-rim, but also a useful outline to guide your reading, several supplementary prayers and teachings from other renowned Tibetan masters, and inspiring images of Lama Zopa, Lama Yeshe and other amazing teachers peppered throughout.
A perusal of this masterful work by Lama Zopa Rinpoche will assuage any doubts about the utility or possibility of “seeing the guru as Buddha.”
- The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam rim chen mo) (Volume 1), Shambhala Publications
- The Heart of the Path, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
- Heart of the Path eBook & PDF, The Foundation Store
- The Heart of the Path: Seeing the Guru as Buddha – Kindle edition by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ailsa Cameron. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
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