About the Retreat
We can develop an interest in the path without a teacher, using books and our intelligence, but at a certain point we need guidance and support from someone more knowledgeable than us. Otherwise our path will be limited. So, in the buddhist tradition the spiritual teacher is considered pivotal.
However, when are we ready to engage with a teacher? How should we choose one? Once we embark, how can we benefit from the relationship, and what pitfalls should we avoid? What levels of engagement with a teacher are there? Is every teacher our guru? What does it mean to take a guru?
These are some of the questions we shall explore in this short retreat, which covers the fourth module of the FPMT Discovering Buddhism programme (assessment will be available for those who seek a certificate).
The retreat includes talks, discussions and meditations. The course will be based in a non-dogmatic way on the FPMT tradition. All questions and issues will be considered in an open and balanced way.
Recommended (not required) prior reading: The Heart of the Path by Lama Zopa Rinpoche; The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Lama Tsong Khapa Volume 1, Chapter 4 – Relying on the Teacher.