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Teachers, Authority, and Community

Let’s pick up where we left off; last time we discussed how contemporary Shin Buddhists can make the teachings and practices applicable to modern life, balancing tradition and change. This raises the important question of how one can determine whether or not a particular interpretation of the Buddha Dharma is in line with traditional or authoritative understandings. In short, how can we trust our teachers and Dhrarma friends? Our conversation today covers a lot ground through personal and institutional authority, the importance of education and community, and familiar topics such as the dojo and kalyanamitra.