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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”

Seeing the Guru as Buddha

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.”

References 参考资料:​​
  1. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam rim chen mo) (Volume 1), Shambhala Publications
  2. The Heart of the Path, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
  3. Heart of the Path eBook & PDF, The Foundation Store
  4. The Heart of the Path: Seeing the Guru as Buddha – Kindle edition by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ailsa Cameron. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @
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