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Introduction to Buddhism

Two Introductory Teachings: On Spiritual Masters and On Abstaining from Nonvirtuous Deeds
Teacher: His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin),
Venue: Hungary,
Year: 2002

Approaching the profound and vast Dharma path may appear overwhelming to most of us, especially those who are relatively newer. Knowing the right pointers will certainly help tremendously.

Similar to secular education and training, meeting the right teacher is extremely important in our Dharma learning and practice, in fact is essential especially for the Vajrayāna tradition.

Knowing what is to be abandoned and what to be pursued is the key for our happiness and success in both the mundane and spiritual life.

In this teaching that consists of two parts, His Holiness explains to us the types of spiritual teachers and the criteria of a qualified teacher, and what deeds are defined as the cause for happiness and success.

His Holiness bestowed this teaching in 2002 at Sakya Tashi Choling, Hungary.

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” Teachers play a significant role in our path to enlightenment.

Why is a qualified teacher needed in our Dharma path? What qualifications should they possess?  How should we view our relationships with our Dharma teachers? How can we be mindful about the actions of our body, speech, and mind?

In this teaching, His Holiness presents a comprehensive and detailed explanation on how to decide who is a qualified Dharma teacher and our basic commitment to abstain from the ten nonvirtuous deeds. These are important for us to succeed on the path. 

Acknowledgement: We thank the event organizer, Sakya Tashi Choling, Hungary for sharing the audio teaching with us.