Dangerous Friend

The Teacher-Student Relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism

Talk with Ngak´chang Rinpoche

7 p.m., October 7th, 2008
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C Street
San Rafael, CA, US

Ngak’chang Rinpoche speaks of the heart of Tantra and Dzogchen: the student’s relationship with the Lama, or Vajra Master. This relationship is widely misunderstood in the West, even among long-time students of Vajrayana.

"The Lama is the only person in your life who cannot be manipulated. The Lama is the invasion of unpredictability you allow into your life, to enable you to cut through the convolutions of interminable psychological and emotional processes."

"Vajra commitment nearly always reflects what is possible within a society. As far as we are personally concerned – those who request us to perform the rôle of vajra master need have no fear of unkindness, immorality, illegality, or unethical behaviour of any kind. The only thing we have to fear from any Lama is that our dualism will be destroyed."

—Ngak’chang Rinpoche & Khandro Déchen



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