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These teachings on the topic of the guru-disciple relationship in Tibetan Buddhism were given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche over the course of many years.
“Guru devotion is the root not only of ultimate success, achieving full enlightenment and bringing sentient beings to the ultimate happiness of liberation and enlightenment, but also of temporary success and happiness. This practice is the foundation of the development of the whole path to enlightenment, as well as the foundation of all happiness. Since everything comes from the practice of guru devotion, it is called the root of the path.
“The answer to how quickly we will achieve realizations of the path to enlightenment depends on our finding a qualified virtuous friend, and after having found them, how well we devote ourselves to them. Before devoting ourselves to a guru, we should check them well; then after we have made a Dharma connection, we should correctly devote ourselves to them with thought and with action. Devoting with thought means seeing the guru as a buddha, an enlightened being, by looking at them in that way: and devoting with action means carrying out the guru’s advice, serving them, and making offerings to them.
“To be liberated from samsara, we have to generate the path within our mind, and generating the path depends upon receiving the blessings of the guru. Even if we have complete intellectual understanding of the teachings, we won’t be able to generate realizations unless we receive the blessings of the guru within our heart. This is why we need to seek and devote ourselves to a guru.”
12 pages, 2020 edition.
For more information on this topic, please see the book Heart of the Path: Seeing the Guru as Buddha by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, 2009).
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