In this interesting article from Mandala, an FPMT teacher answers questions such as “How do I challenge orthodoxy in Tibetan Buddhism but still correctly rely on a spiritual guide?” and “How do the ways in which Tibetans and non-Tibetans challenge orthodoxy differ?”
These are common questions that westerners from non-Buddhist upbringings ask when coming into practice. They have questions on how the relationships exists with a spiritual teacher, and how to confront topics that are not culturally accepted, such as rebirth and karma. He recommends not just accepting things because it is stated by a teacher or text, but suggests careful examination:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama often refers to the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism as the “Nalanda Tradition,” which emphasizes studying the Buddhist teachings based not just on faith, but also on rigorous investigation. This emphasis is illustrated by the analogy of a merchant who buys gold only after determining its purity through various tests; in the same way, we need to investigate the Dharma deeply before accepting it, not just taking it at the word of the person who presents it, no matter how impressive or eloquent they may be.
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