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Langri Tangpa Centre is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)


The Spiritual Teacher

Investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher and the qualities to look for, the responsiblities of a student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit. Skilfully overcome the challenges we face when entering into a "guru-disciple" relationship.

About the Course

Just as you cannopt learn to drive from a book, you need an instructor on the spiritual path that can keep you safe from danger and tutor you personally according to your disposition. They need not be accomplished in anything else - but by putting our trust in someone else we need a set of guidelines to ensure that our ultimate wlefare is looked after and nurutred. As a student we also need to practice a skilful devotion, not a blind faith.

About the Teacher: Eddie Peet

Topics Covered

  • What is a spiritual teacher, lama or guru?
  • How do we find a teacher
  • Qualifications of a valid teacher, what to look for
  • Resposibilities and behaviour of the student
  • We why need a teacher, and how to realate in a healthy way
  • How to devote oneself in both thought and action
  • What to do if things get difficult
  • Importance of respecting teachers from all traditions


Required Integration Practices

  • Meditation on the need for a spiritual teacher
  • Meditation on the advantages and disadvantages of properly devoting oneself
  • Meditation on developing oneself in thought
  • Guru Yoga (of Lord Buddha or of any deity)
  • The Spiritual Teacher practice day

Required Texts

  • DB Required Reading, The Spiritual Teacher, photocopied booklet
  • Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Pabongkha Rinpoche (pp.251-306)
  • The Life of Milarepa, by P. Lobsang Lalungpa

Suggested Integration Practices

  • 100,000 migsema retreat
  • 100,000 Samayavajra (Damtsig Dorje) retreat

Suggested Reading

  • Spiritual Friends, ed. Thubten Dhondrup, book
  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher, by Alex Berzin
  • The Fulfillment of All Hopes, by Je Tsong Khapa
  • Life of Gompopa, by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
  • Life of Marpa the Translator
  • Life and Teaching of Naropa, by Herbert V. Guenther
  • Enlightened Beings, by Jan Willis
  • The Fourteen Dalai Lamas, by Glenn Mullin

  • Program Level: Intermediate
  • Leader: Eddie Peet
  • Suggested Donation: $10/$5 per class (plus $50/$30 for the notes)
  • Day & Time: Tuesday mornings, 10.30 am - 12 pm
  • Associated Classes: Teachings with Geshe Tsultrim
  • Dates: 25 April - 13 june, 2017

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Wed  5 pm - 9 pm
Sat    9 am - 5 pm
Sun   9 am - 1 pm


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         6.30 pm
Wed  9.30 am
         6.30 pm
Fri      9.30 am

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