Many gurus claim they are straight shooters: they say what they think without inhibition or filters. But if they dish it out, they should be able to take it. They should embody tolerance. But most of the time, critical gurus don’t tolerate criticism very well. One way to check is to watch how the guru handles bad publicity. Check the Internet to see whether he or she has ever been met with scandal, and if so, how did he or she react? How a person handles praise and criticism, gain and loss, fame and insignificance, happiness and suffering is all very telling.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book The Guru Drinks Bourbon?
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- The quest for a guru
- Seeing a student’s potential
- The whole purpose of the outer guru
- Merging with the guru’s mind
- Practicing Dharma requires sacrifice
- Devotion is supreme
- Advice on selecting a guru
- No one can please everyone
- Experience is like a mist in the morning
- Gurus Don’t Fish for Devotion
- Why can’t the Guru be perfect?
- Your decision is now taking the lead
- The moment there is devotion
- Beginning to subdue and outshine appearance and existence
- Controlled by circumstances
- Sooner or later, you will have to check
- Open-minded guru
- Famous unintentionally
- The very essence of the Spiritual journey