Developing the confidence that we can be enlightened, and finding a guru to help us to achieve this is a key element of the path for students of Vajrayana Buddhism. But this mixing of a person with a philosophy and a path is problematic, and has been so since the time of the Buddha. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche gives advice on how to develop the right motivation to find a guru and describes the qualities that we should look for in an authentic teacher. There is no certification or training school for gurus: they may be found anywhere. But we should examine a potential guru carefully to ensure that they genuinely care about our enlightenment, as we need to trust our guru to challenge all our preconceptions and guide us to the truth.
Onsite Translation: Spanish
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