Importance of Teachers in various "traits" of Buddhism
- Hello people,
I heard today (on the radio, perhaps the commentator didn't know what
she was talking about) that Zen was the Buddhist "school" that
valued/needed teachers any other. I had thought that teachers were
essential to Vajrayana - according to (I think) the Dalai Lama,
"without a teacher, Vajrayana Buddhism is not possible" - but the Zen
school teachers were extremely important but not absolutely assential.
Or, alternatively, and this is my position, the path to enlightenment
is so full of pitfalls and worthless going-around-in-circles, that in
all "Buddhisms", that unless you are very close to complete
enlightenment, teachers are essential to attaining enlightenment
during a single lifetime, even if they only say (probably from
experience) "That is not fruitful" or "That is". But teachers usually
say a lot more besides.