om mani padme hum
The Right and the Wrong Teacher
The following excerpts are from
The Vase of Amitra (2) by Dzatrul Ngawang Tendzin
Norbu ( folio19 et. Seq)
The Wrong Teacher
The Inner tantra (nang rgyud) says:
Ignorant and proud, lacking in intelligence, he teaches mere words
He cuts down others with disparaging statements; with a little learning and a lot of arrogance,
He is true evil for the disciple who recognizes such a teacher.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeH6Gb7aX_k
Such a teacher doesn’t have even a single one of the many good qualities that are born from listening and meditating. Nevertheless, he belongs to a good family. He claims, “I am the son of so and so.” And like a Brahman conceitedly wraps himself up in his noble ancestry. Although he is no different from any ordinary person, he acts as if he were on the same footing of the great siddas of the past. When he has done a little study and practice, he puffs up with self infatuation as soon as others show him respect. He is so full of pride, so stupid and arrogant that he cannot see the qualities of great beings. He is irascible and jealous, and the cord of compassion in him is broken.
If you, faithful one, meet and follow such a mistaken teacher, it is just as if you were shown the road by a mad guide. Your entire life of virtuous actions will be wasted. Seeking his protection is like wanting to take a rest under the cool shadow of a tree that turns into a huge venomous snake.
If you're teacher
is more interested in discussing his qualifications than the teachings,
is disparaging other teachers
is encouraging his students to do the same
then become like someone with their hair ablaze
desparate to put it out.
And find another like your life depended on it, because, darlings, it does!