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Chögyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse: A Heart Connection

June 8, 2010

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest 20th Century teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse has just been published by Shambhala Publications to celebrate this event, as well as to commemorate the visit of Rinpoche's reincarnation to the West this summer.

Dilgo Khyentse was a preeminent master within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He was a personal teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other great teachers. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche studied with Khyentse Rinpoche in Tibet and greatly revered him. Trungpa Rinpoche helped to bring His Holiness to North America to teach in 1976 and 1981. Khyentse Rinpoche also conducted the funeral of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1987 and gave many teachings to his senior students. Khyentse Rinpoche was also one of the teachers of Chögyam Trungpa's eldest son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. So this is a  close dharma family relationship that spans a number of generations.

Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche was confirmed as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1995 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Now turning eighteen, Yangsi Rinpoche is travelling to many parts of the world this year, including Europe and North America in July and August. I had the opportunity to attend the 100th Anniversary celebrations at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, this spring. I was very fortunate to also have two small group audiences with the Yangsi tulku. Knowing the close association between Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and also having heard that Yangsi Rinpoche was very interested in the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, I carried the eight-volume Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa to Nepal with me to present as a gift. Rinpoche was filled with youthful exuberance and at the same time it is clear that he has a great deal of composure and depth. I look forward to seeing him in the U.S. in August.

Before our personal audience with Yangsi Rinpoche, my family and I were very fortunate to be able to offer khatas—offering scarves—to some of the body relics of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in his personal quarters in the monastery in Shechen, which have been left unchanged since his parinirvana in 1991. Entering this sacred space was overwhelming for us, and even as I write this my eyes fill with tears, thinking of the tremendous kindness of His Holiness and his unceasing activity to benefit all beings.

I myself am looking forward to delving more deeply into his teachings, as presented in The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse. This wonderful three-volume compendium was edited by Matthieu Ricard and Vivian Kurz, two of Dilgo Khyentse's heart disciples. To learn more about The Collected Works, click here.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dilgo Khyentse, Shambhala Publications and Ocean of Dharma are giving away a set of The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us what you think makes a great teacher. Winners will be randomly selected on Monday, June 14.

Congratulations to entrant #264, Sharon Robinson!



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561 Responses to Chögyam Trungpa and Dilgo Khyentse: A Heart Connection

  • Vicki Giella says:

    A great teacher evokes a warm, melting quality in his/her students.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:49 am

  • armand huet de grenier says:

    a great teacher: a fully sensed PRESENCE in physical and virtual realities ! beyond perception/conceptualizing ! and including perception/conceptualizing!
    a meeting of mutuality/mirrors in ordinary reality !
    in the theta brainwave state, such a PRESENCE has NOthing to mirror ... for in the realm of the great mystery, the ONE can not be mirrored ! as there is no OTHER ! great teacher/great student !

    in spirit, armand

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:52 am

  • Stefan Carmien says:

    If you maintain a sense of humor,
    and a distrust of the rules
    laid down around you,
    there will be success.

    VACT

    and CT Mukpo certainly had both of these

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:52 am

  • Karen Maezen Miller says:

    No self.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

  • Da-o Chopel says:

    receive, learn, share.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:55 am

  • Mindy Moore says:

    What makes a great teacher
    A great teacher is someone who has a vast fund of knowledge, is eager to share it but most importantly, is interested in his/her students and wants to know them, to hear what they think and interact with them to help further their path. A great teacher does not have to always be "nice" but is there to give the student what they need at that moment. A great teacher also sees the wisdom in their students. has trust in them and is willing to walk the path with them.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:56 am

  • Emily Danies says:

    Compassion, generous heart, effortless space

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:57 am

  • Diogo says:

    A great teacher embodies himself, in real life, all the qualities he teaches, showing the student that no faith is required... His mere contemplation is proof enough that Enlightenment is within your reach.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:59 am

  • Louis Rothschild, PhD says:

    At teacher is present to where both teacher and student are.This includes the capacity to recognize where presence has been lost, and to mutually embrace that with renewed presence.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:59 am

  • Dylan Vaughn says:

    A great teacher is a never ending and often surprising source of inspiration.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:00 am

  • Seth Levinson says:

    A great teacher looks directly in your eyes/heart. It's frightening and wonderful. It is a gift of big love.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:01 am

  • Sherab V. Manoukian says:

    A great teacher is someone who is free of samsaric fetters and has attained though practice the fullfillment of absolute and relative boddhicitta. The boundless wisdom and compassion of such a being manifests as a great teacher. H.H. Dilgo Khyesntse Rinpoche was indeed a great teacher who spontaneously benefited whoever met him and received his teachings. Many thanks for publishing his collected works!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:05 am

  • Davina Daly says:

    A great teacher is one who can see the strong abilities within the student and use these to nurture the areas that require development. This is always done with kindness and unconditional acceptance.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:06 am

  • David Johnston says:

    A good teacher listens.A great teacher listens well.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:06 am

  • Gerry Wiener says:

    A great teacher is someone with great character. It is someone who can inspire others by the way they lead their life. Not attached to this world, a great teacher exhibits tremendous care and compassion.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:08 am

  • Gillian Orlinsky says:

    A great teacher inspires profound insight in a manner that reaches the heart of the student.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:13 am

  • minna says:

    In the end, a student makes a great teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

  • JimWilton says:

    A great teacher creates the causes and conditions that allows a student to win a free dharma giveaway.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

  • George Kelly says:

    A great teacher does no more or less than shine his light on our own path as we struggle to move towards our own light. He/She points to the simplicity of the discipline of moving towards an open heart. He/She
    has the knowledge of their own experience and learning to recognize in his/her students their struggle and with compassion and love for themselves. He/She takes them to his/her heart and says..."don't you know, that with all of your pain and anger....that all you were ment for is love?". And smiles and tells you a karma joke about the three monks that entered a bar..

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:16 am

  • Terry Hayward says:

    A great teacher successfully transmits their love of learning.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:25 am

  • Erik says:

    A great teacher matches the message to the moment.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:26 am

  • L. Young says:

    Someone or thing or creature that somehow cuts thru it all and beams into touches your heart mind ...... leaves you feelin all is open, possible lit up & especially inspired........

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:27 am

  • Palden McLennan says:

    a great teacher
    never gives up on the student
    does what it takes to wake you up

    a great teacher
    doesn't buy into bullshit
    dances on tradition
    has sharp eyes and a soft heart.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:29 am

  • Robert Glasmann says:

    I will never be able to repay the guidance that I have received through these teachings.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:29 am

  • Lisa says:

    A great teacher is loving, kind and open hearted. They are accepting of all situations. They abide in the present moment. They allow us to see ourselves in a way that is often obscured to us. They hold the view in all that they do. They are treasured gifts to us all. May we honor them with generosity and devotion!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:35 am

  • Zea Mays says:

    Vast PRESENCE and down-to-earth HUMOUR

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

  • Daniel Soderstrom says:

    Wakefulness.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

  • Karin Johnson says:

    A great teacher lets you learn through exploration rather than explanation.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:37 am

  • Linda V. Lewis says:

    There are many good teachers, but it is a huge blessing to meet a great teacher in one's lifetime. A great teacher is one whose actions and conduct are in seamless harmony with the fully realized view. Thus whether meditating or not, awareness is 24/7. One can learn from the teacher's smile, touch, walk, or gesture--as well as from his or her formal teachings.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:38 am

  • Edmund Butler says:

    The vajra master has opened your samsaric stomach. VCTR

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:43 am

  • Qayyum Johnson says:

    Great teachers encourage us to drive sooner than we believe we are able by giving good maps, boundless gentle encouragement & reminding us that we have the keys already.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:47 am

  • claudia murphy says:

    A great teacher-fewness of works and abundance of deeds.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:49 am

  • Judith Smith says:

    A great teacher is the complete embodiment of wisdom and compassion, permittting full access to his/her mind.
    A great teacher speaks to the capacities of each student.
    A great teacher effortlessly transmits genuine joy -- and wrath -- inseparable from emptiness.

    A great teacher's unfathomable kindess is profound protection and unconditional love. This is the bond between teacher and student that permits the student's path to happen.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:50 am

  • Chris Wenger says:

    Vast awareness and amusement, the ability to fall in love with students, a broken heart

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:52 am

  • Jon Layton says:

    A great teacher is one whose simple presence kindles realization, and whose intellect and compassion inspire the ember of realization to blaze.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:54 am

  • Bernard Weitzman says:

    A great teacher is willing to be a teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:54 am

  • Brian Moran says:

    Full attention !!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:56 am

  • Katherine says:

    Genuine heart, profound wisdom and sense of humor!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:57 am

  • Sarah says:

    There are many great Tibetan Buddhist masters, but this one was perhaps the most dignified, potent and warm-hearted. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but what I have heard and read, confirm what I see in his eyes and great stature -- an enlightened being with enormous kindness.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

  • wade wilson says:

    Great teachers allow "students" to find their answers within themselves. They provide bits of advice or insight, but encourage others to look within for their own truth. I like the saying: "When the teacher is ready, the student appears."

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:01 am

  • Karl Nhambu says:

    A good teacher never lets passivity or convention prevent them from doing what is needed. A good teacher knows how and when to impart the dharma to the student. The presence of an authentic teacher thrusts you into the experience of enlightenment.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:03 am

  • Jeffrey Shralow says:

    Authenticity and connection to the Elemental.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:09 am

  • Connie Moffit says:

    A great teacher is always with you, always available.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

  • trikester says:

    perhaps if i had the collected works, i would be able to elucidate the qualities of a great teacher (and maybe find one). I am only a student.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

  • Ruth Ritchey says:

    A good teacher is one that listens with the heart and speaks through the eyes.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:18 am

  • Alden Brigham says:

    A great teacher has immense, unstained and unstopable wisdom and bodhicitta, and so never stops teaching with every gesture and word, what wakefulness is and how we can wake up too.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:19 am

  • H. Grevemberg says:

    Authentic enlightenment, which I've encountered enough to know viscerally, but can't put into words. It is completely selfless, radiant, joyful, and somehow runs far above the turmoil everyone is caught in, speaks a language that proves it, an eternal one.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

  • Sara Piepmeier says:

    Always in the present, with radiant humor,timeless perspective, simplicity, irreverence for fixed thinking, compassion,joy.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

  • Paula Breymeier says:

    A profound teacher takes you beyond death in the cradle of their loving kindness.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:32 am

  • Sokai Geoffrey Barratt says:

    A great teacher manifests true love( reality itself) which is transmitted to others through her or his presence

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:33 am

  • PM says:

    Does not meet our expectations

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:34 am

  • Susan Sitzmann says:

    Listening from your heart.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:43 am

  • David Guy says:

    I think the most basic fact about great teachers is that they are focused on the dharma and not themselves. They themselves, in my experience, are humble ordinary people. Their devotion is to the dharma, and to practice, not to promoting themselves.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:44 am

  • Debbi Jones says:

    Everyone is my Teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:45 am

  • Jay says:

    A great teacher demonstrates openness and compassion making it so easy for others to speak to them and learn from them. Great teachers also recognize they learn with the students, too!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:45 am

  • John Brock says:

    A great teacher inquires and listens well to understand what is on the minds of the students, and meets them where they are.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:46 am

  • Gilberto Castaneda says:

    A teacher lives for ever, because his teachings become part of his pupils life, and their pupil's children's lives, and also become part of the cultural inheritance of the families that stem from there.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:51 am

  • Gin says:

    A great teacher is one who understands exactly where the student is "coming from" and then provides a teaching that resonates with that student's set of reference points.

    If the teaching occurs in a larger audience, likewise the teacher must "tune in" to the mindset of the audience and deliver a message from which everyone can gain nourishment.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

  • Miriam Hall says:

    A great teacher helps your own greatness flourish by modestly expressing his or her own greatness.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

  • Sebastien Matte says:

    The skillful means, the compassion to stand us, the Ground, the Path, the Goal united, Insight and Compassion united in loving-kindness, and Humor

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:03 am

  • sean says:

    a great teacher radiates wakefulness with their body, speech, and mind.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

  • Ralph Friedrich says:

    a great teacher awakens the guru within me.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

  • Rosie says:

    A perfect teacher enables you to transcend, even when he's no longer physically present.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

  • Peter McEwen says:

    From my perspective a great teacher holds to the dharma and the transmission of awakeness. Oftentimes we go to the teacher seeking 'special' instruction or treatment that may be linked to the reification of ego clinging. I appreciate when a teacher can break through this habitual attitude and focuses on helping us dismantle our cocoon of ignorance and 'self-snugness'.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:07 am

  • Susan Gallegos says:

    Great teachers show openness and loving interaction. They provide insight in a specific direction they perceive to be needed in a very gentle easy way. They relate spirit to spirit and are always open to sharing their views, never pressing or negating anything. They help us grow..

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:12 am

  • Susan Ross says:

    Great teachers show you that your naked heart/mind and their's are the same.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

  • Dalton Martins says:

    A great teacher knows how to act in harmony at all times regardless of what happens.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

  • Kondratowitch says:

    Simplcity and empathy

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:15 am

  • Susan Gallegos says:

    They also provide direction when we are lost with suggestions of action and thought to guide us to a place further down our road where we may again find ourselves and progress in our walk

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

  • Pat says:

    A great teacher is the person walking beside me sharing everyday experience. Penetrating my ignorant fear with every step.

    What an exhilerating ride.

    A great moment is the teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

  • Jackie D. says:

    A great teacher is one who embodies their teachings & is able to inspire all that come in contact with them.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:18 am

  • Susan Gallegos says:

    We recognize our great teachers by how we feel after sharing a moment with them and the difference they have made. I always remember their assistance and support. They have given to my life in unforgetable ways through their gifts.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

  • Elaine C Logan says:

    Gin: I see it as more than just understanding. It's a way of being that's open - that's openhearted due to the depth of meditation experience. I took refuge with H. H. Dilgo Kyhentse Rinpoche at Samye Ling in 1980. When he entered the room, even though I sat at the back of the room, I felt the speedy terror of my mind settle and I could relax in my own skin. I think it's something that communicates from the teacher's being. It's powerful. June 14 is my birthday, so I had to say something here. That would be a wild coincidence, made wilder if I won.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

  • Chris Szendroi says:

    Each Rinpoche brings out the love in each of us.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:22 am

  • Carlos Ernesto says:

    Selflessness, compassion, knowledge that comes from the heart, and also the ability to insult his students.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

  • Sharon H says:

    Shows and Tells

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:33 am

  • Rachel Sheinin says:

    A great teacher is someone who recognizes your potential and helps you work towards it. Someone who has walked the path you are on and teaches from that place. Someone who is kind, and uses any means to help you wake up.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:34 am

  • Emily Utz says:

    His presence was powerful enough to saturate photographs and stare you down, years after his death, with piercing perfect delight!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

  • Ed B. says:

    Teachers are the people, the stories, the moments, the unguarded places we allow ourselves to be most receptive to. We do not meet teachers; we surprise them into our lives, and they surprise us in return.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

  • karen Zapotowski says:

    great teachers have compassion that is as deep as the ocean and have clarity that is as bright as the clear blue sky and speak with melody and delight.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:42 am

  • adriana c says:

    in the presence of a great teacher, you experience an awareness of and connection to the best parts of yourself. Your sense of the clear and luminous aspect of your own mind and heart is restored and made real to you. Despite past experiences, doubts about internal and external circumstances, and feelings about a faith which may SEEM sometimes to come and go, a teacher helps you to believe in the best of everything that you are. and they make Love Real. in gratitude and appreciation for the gift of Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:47 am

  • Barbara Weaner says:

    Each hand gesture of Khyentse Rinpoche elicidates the Dharma in all of its clarity. He is a mountain, a treasure trove, the endless sky for all of us.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

  • Brad says:

    Someone who knows you before you know yourself.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

  • Soraya says:

    A great teacher cultivates the highest potential in their student and compassionately pushes them past their Self.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

  • Kate says:

    A great teacher will tell you when you're being a fuckhead, and is the best friend you will ever have,

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

  • Todd Jailer says:

    A great teacher reminds you.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

  • Thais Luchi says:

    Compassion makes a great teacher. With compassion great teachings can be given under any circumstances, at any time.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

  • Alison says:

    A great teacher is someone who inspires people to learn for themselves.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:10 am

  • Stela says:

    A great teacher has presence, that comes from the heart.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

  • Brian says:

    A great teacher is humble enough to admit they still have something to learn, and actively look to expand there knowledge.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:14 am

  • Karen Luerssen says:

    A spiritual leader should have compassion, ability to see the bigger picture,wisdom, and humor.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

  • Beth says:

    One who has walked the walk and is honest

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

  • Karen Luerssen says:

    A spiritual leader is one who has compassion, the ability to see the bigger picture,wisdom, and humor.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:19 am

  • Karen Luerssen says:

    Compassion, the ability to see the bigger picture,wisdom, humor and charismatic.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:20 am

  • susan callaway says:

    a great teacher practices loving awarenes

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:30 am

  • Pamela Kowal says:

    A great teacher sees no separation between him/herself and the student, and lives from the state of That which is the perfect, eternal, unchanging unitive essence of each. A great teacher is fully anchored in the experience of empty fullness which is nothing of Itself and yet contains everything, and is able to reflect and model this state for his student. A great teacher is the embodiment of unconditional love which excludes nothing and sees only Itself in all things. A great teacher is no less and no more than one's own inner Self and the Self of all.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

  • chuck says:

    Seeing my perspective simultaneously with her/his own, and encouraging in me the necessary growth.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

  • John Nelson says:

    Compassion for all sentient beings

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

  • Judith Malys says:

    A great teacher practices what he/she teaches.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:44 am

  • geoff says:

    A good teacher introduces you to yourself.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

  • Mark says:

    helps you apply dharma teachings to specific situations in your life

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

  • Brian Pollard says:

    A great teacher is always with you whether you realize it at the time or not.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

  • Karl says:

    A good teacher is someone who can act perfectly and appropriately with respect to the situation/person and help them mature in their own best way given the moment/situation/capacity, etc of the student.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:12 am

  • Frans Schuring says:

    A great teacher has complete acces to and shows to students the nature of mind in all its empty brilliance and compassion. He or she can act in such a way that sooner or later the students can become just like the teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

  • lorraine says:

    great teachers know their subject and their students

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Sean Glancy says:

    a great teacher
    challenges
    while grounding

    encourageS
    through example

    and (always) maintains a sense of humor
    despite the seriousness

    (of everything)

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:25 am

  • Carole says:

    A good teacher inspires devotion by their being.
    Compassion, discernment and a sense of humor.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

  • Michael Tran says:

    A great teacher is someone that will use skillful means to guide you into liberation from living and dying.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

  • Dan says:

    Clarity, humour, and patience.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

  • Kang Xian says:

    To me, a teacher who speaks out of compassion from the heart, is a great teacher.

    "Compassion conquers all."

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

  • Kamori Cattadoris says:

    Ruthless honesty is utterly essential to help us dismantle the self-deception games we play, and to dismantle our collusion with one another to uphold our most "cherished" delusions. Otherwise there is no hope for authenticity and true connection with our deepest Selves and others! When teachers are ONLY "warm, humorous, wise and compassionate" then we become complacent and sloppy, indulging in our self-importance and our shortcomings. Prop up with the right hand while swatting with the left!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

  • Kathleen says:

    Pure Heart. Pure Intention. Pure Presence.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

  • sydney hall says:

    a great teacher is both loving and strict, certain yet open, wise and simple.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 9:59 am

  • Steve Jewell says:

    Transforming space, perception and awareness, the great teachers are beyond one and many. Their blessings can take us beyond meeting and parting. By keeping our sacred word may we make this so, through our own devotion, exertion and loyalty.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

  • Philip Rodgers says:

    A great teacher quells your ignorance with wisdom, removes your doubt by his example, and bolsters your self-esteem with his presence while leaving you with the the sensation that you conquered them alone.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

  • Lyndaclare says:

    A great teacher walks the walk x

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:21 am

  • Coby Batty says:

    The Great Teacher Lives Love

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

  • Deborah Calvert says:

    What a student wants is not always what a student needs. A good teacher is able to guide the student between the wants and the needs. Blessings to all who are called Teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

  • Jason McGill says:

    A great teacher reaches through the heart, and feels like you speaking to you.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

  • Carol Ferguson says:

    A great teacher has compassion and understanding.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

  • Robert Edwards says:

    A great teacher makes the student answer his own question.
    A great teacher is silent and allows the self a blank page.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

  • Corrina says:

    A great teacher asks great questions.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

  • Parlan McGaw says:

    Love. Love for what you are teaching and love for whom you are teaching.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

  • Brian Kaschenoff says:

    When I glance at his photo I feel warm and fuzzy.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

  • Dianna says:

    My teacher is the heart of wisdom and the soul of compassion. He will guide me into presence with my True Self. In Love, Dianna

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

  • Yevonda Ferguson says:

    "Student"

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

  • Lynda R says:

    a good teacher , teaches by example, and transpires calm and serenety, which sometimes teaches better than words.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

  • puerhan says:

    One knows one has met a great teacher when the meeting gives rise to deep gratitude.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

  • Jonathan says:

    A great teacher is honest, true, and trustworthy. Anything he teaches, he embodies, and he does it with a great sense of humour, while opening up space for communication.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

  • Carol Reins says:

    A great teacher,lover,friend; listens.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

  • Ian Mackenzie says:

    A good teacher sees deep into the heart of the student and gives exactly the teaching they need.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

  • Thea Howard says:

    Thorough knowledge and direct experience of the Dharma and unconditional commitment to shepherd all sentient beings to enlightenment.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

  • Jodi Gulka says:

    A great teacher inspires in us a wish for enlightenment by their own example of living the practice on a daily basis. Their humble way of existing causes us to question our own oversized lifestyle & ego. Their continuous willingness to give of themselves to benefit their students is the ultimate example of generosity. Their willingness to cut through everything to get to the heart of the problem allows us to see with clarity the points to practice. Their perspective spans not only this lifetime but points primarily at future lifetimes and causes our own perspective to grow accordingly. Great teachers are the most precious gift we could ever wish to receive.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  • Kathryn says:

    A great teacher has a tremendous depth of intention and aspiration. From this the teacher's presence radiates.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  • jm holmes says:

    A great teacher listens on many levels, and can explain the teaching in a way that is tailored for the student to hear accurately.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

  • Corey McCoy says:

    A great teacher is honest...always honest...

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

  • Rodney Beason says:

    A great teacher is like water to a glass. A glass can be submerged, filled by a faucet, a pitcher, a hose or by gentle drops falling a few at a time. The end result is the teacher can fill their students according to their needs and rejoice that the end result is all will be filled with the dharma.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

  • Geoffrey Fenton says:

    Loving kindness. Compassion. Tolerance. All these and more are learned from suffering, perhaps our greatest teacher. Our fears and enemies teach us so much about ourselves.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

  • James Hollman says:

    When in your teacher's presence you feel there is no longer any ground under you, no pretence or idea sufficient to meet the space provided by his or her very presence. After initially feeling terrified, we feel their unconditional love.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm

  • Samten K. says:

    he or she
    touches us deeper than we can think
    leads us more compassionately than we can feel most of the time
    moves more surprisingly than we discover we expected
    always leads us toward being of unsurpassable benefit to others

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

  • Carroll Bever says:

    The Great Teacher Manifests as Clear Light.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm

  • Judy says:

    has deep devotion and gratitude to his or her own teacher

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

  • Kris Short says:

    At the end of his life the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, wore a wide white belt--the color of the beginner. A good teacher is the wide white belt: humble, wise, curious, effective, efficient, always ready to "begin again."

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

  • Francoise Reveau says:

    A great Teacher JUST IS.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  • Margo Glass says:

    The Greatness of the Master is in direct proportion to the student's hunger for knowledge, dedication to practice and purity of intent.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  • Joseph Blackman says:

    A great teacher lives the truth and is able to bestow grace on others.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

  • mary caputi says:

    To me a great teacher instructs from their heart and teaches what he or she knows. A great teacher encourages the student and stirs the hunger for learning.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

  • Miriam White says:

    A great teacher inspires you to think in new ways. There is nothing more exciting.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm

  • Alyssa says:

    When we were going to visit a great teacher, my 3 year old son said "You know, mama, Rinpoche loves me" I smiled and said, "Yes, honey he does".
    "Actually, mama," he continued, "Rinpoche loves EVERYONE in the whole WORLD"

    Yes.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  • Kent Keesecker says:

    Patience,compassion and simplicity

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  • Chhi'med says:

    A good teacher works with each student right where they are, employing whatever methods the student needs to find the nature of mind. A good teacher walks their talk and is kind and aware in all the little moments of time.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

  • Kent Keesecker says:

    in the teaching.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

  • Thomas Hochgesang (Heidelberg) says:

    Simple in his/her demeanor, open hearted and gentle; genuine; gives freely of his/her experience; sees the Buddha in his/her students

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

  • Rebecca says:

    A great teacher is patient and willing to present an idea repeatedly [possibly in different ways] until a student can grasp it. Then, they help the student to continue to build upon this idea.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

  • jack convery says:

    inspire others onto the path of Awake--a good teacher does this.

    inspire others into the mind of peace gentleness and compassion
    --a great teacher does this.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

  • Lyn Ciampa says:

    A good teacher is willing.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

  • Kunga Chödzin says:

    When great beings like Khyentse, Trungpa, Karmapa and Dudjom impart their enlightened body speech and mind to students; one's ordinary fixation of worldly time and space suddenly
    becomes interrupted and resulting blessings inspire further practice, love and devotion.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm

  • Janice Brodowsky says:

    I regret to say that I don't know what makes a good teacher. I only know of the teachings that I have learned from your books (Like your wonderful books by Pema Chodron). I hope to someday find out, and that some day my teacher and I will find each other. I keep thinking that it will happen when I am ready...

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

  • jonah m bekerman says:

    being surrendered to that which is beyond the personal,shared with compassion,love

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  • Leila Bruno says:

    we know a great teacher by his kindness, by how he teaches the dharma so directly, by the depth of the path he opens up and offers to us, and by the sacred world he creates for us to enter into. in creating this complete world for us, we can connect with the deepest teachings with confidence.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm

  • Josie Campbell says:

    My 1 year old challenges me every day to love and have patience. He's my main teacher now.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

  • Pam says:

    A great teacher is one who listens, who teaches by example as much as by word, who challenges and pushes and supports.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

  • Stephen Futral / Ish says:

    A great teacher remains as a ghost in your being so after sitting with him and listening and asking questions and you are about to leave but not wanting to go and you've already begun to walk out...realizing something profound and utterly ordinary just happened...and you feel thoroughly hollow but in the most uplifted way...you become aware that the teacher not only saw your mind but showed you his and you are ecstatic and stuck simultaneously...

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

  • cintra harbach says:

    ...a great teacher is a different experience for each person...

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  • Lisa says:

    When you meet a great teacher tremendous openness and tenderness arises free of doubt and hesitation.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

  • david schreier says:

    love and laughter

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

  • Melissa says:

    A great teacher is gentle and patient. He/ she reminds you of your own wisdom mind and your own basic goodness. He/ she encourages you and helps you realize your full potential. A great teacher serves as an example of how to apply the teachings to everyday life. Much gratitude to all teachers!

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  • George Howell says:

    A great teacher helps one to know that their own mind is a great teacher.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

  • Devi says:

    A great teacher inspires by powerful embodied transmission, that the student may become a colleague as rapidly and directly as possible, and then lovingly supports the student to go beyond even the teacher, such that the teacher will then insist on becoming the student's student. Such is the beautiful paradox, continuity and lineage embrace of a great teacher in this age.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

  • Peter Olin says:

    A great teacher challenges my preconceived ideas and behaves in any way it takes to make me understand, while at the same time, from somewhere deep within he/she always shines with unconditional love.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

  • April Dolkar says:

    A great teacher helps the student to remove the incidental stains which obscure Buddhahood.

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  • Rev. Danny Fisher says:

    “No matter what circumstances arise, the compassionate kindess of the spiritual teacher will never forsake you… The spiritual master is like the earth, never giving way beneath our feet.” - Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    Posted on June 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

  • Scotia MacKay says:

    A great teacher is one who intuits what the student needs to learn next, and causes the delivery of that lesson in such a way that the student receives it.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 12:25 am

  • Andrew Holborn says:

    A good teacher clearly shows the way;
    a GREAT teacher is the way.
    A good teacher maps the path to the goal;
    a GREAT teacher points directly to the goal.
    A GREAT teacher visits you in your dreams.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

  • Don Radick says:

    A great teacher teaches you that you and they are one. A great teacher has a boundless heart so you have the feeling of coming home.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:07 am

  • Gary Gach says:

    : 6 Marks of a Good Teacher (±) :


    1) A good teacher learns in teaching.

    2) A good teacher is fresh as a flower, solid as a mountain, and clear as a lake reflecting what is wonderful & true.

    3) A good teacher is not always sage on a stage but can also be guide on the side. A good teacher fosters a student's ability to learn for her or his self. A good teacher empowers & nourishes a student's awakening inner teacher.

    4) A good teacher uses not only words in her or his teaching but also pictures; a good teacher uses not only words & images but also blank space & silence in teaching; a good teacher can teach by her or his very process of going about living. A good teacher not only engages these in teaching, but invites a student to practice teachings through personal practice, in the student's own life, within and around.

    5) A good teacher can show how learning from life itself can involve studying of one's self, and studying of the 10,000 things that advance upon the student in the course of life -- as nonseparate activities, interesting, & lifelong.


    6) A good teacher keeps a necessary distance yet can know & love a student as deeply as the student's own mother can know & love them.


    -= may all beings be well =-



    palms joined
    _/|_

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:32 am

  • Nathan Rosquist says:

    A great teacher is a spiritual friend, an honest mirror who embodies upaya (skillful means) with heart. As the student progresses, their entire world becomes a mandala of the great teacher's wisdom and compassion. Eventually, the "teacher" that we've been projecting our longing onto dissolves, and we see them and the world—with complete gratitude—for what they really are: the embodied wakefulness of our own true nature.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:43 am

  • Mark Fischler says:

    A great teacher is a person who lets the student uncover who they really are in the process. A great teacher is a person who is able to demonstrate and share their humility and humanity in front of the student. A great teacher is a person who is willing to leave it all out there so that their student can transcend their wisdom and knowledge in the process.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:47 am

  • linda says:

    A great teacher makes my heart and eyes well up with tears of compassion.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:11 am

  • Valerie Buess says:

    He/She generates enormous space and compassion which stops peoples minds and concepts.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:25 am

  • JKP says:

    unconditional love

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:41 am

  • Carole Ann Al-Din says:

    Sits in the seat of the Spacious Heart. Radiates Happiness.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:44 am

  • John Briffa says:

    A great teacher is someone who helps people tap into the innate knowledge within themselves

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:44 am

  • Bryan says:

    A great teacher can always inspire the student even during what may seem mundane and repetitive.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:45 am

  • Ruby Wang says:

    A great teacher is: He(she) is the one who is perfect in Three Learning, ie. Pliable in five senses (discipline), calm & peace (shamatha), has eliminated or purified all defilements (vipashana – insight, wisdom); and further, has enlightened qualities such as compassion and skillful means to guide or towards all the beings impartially; whoever heard just once his(her) name or related stories, or the dharma he(she) interprets will instantly feel touched and inspired deeply as he(she) were talking to oneself and then is willing to get on board of the spiritual path.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:45 am

  • Mr. Jones says:

    A willing student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:47 am

  • Keith says:

    He or She sees through the forms, masks and hiding places, letting the waters of compassion flow in

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

  • Kerri says:

    A good teacher is understanding and encourages understanding and compassion in others. He/she should also have a great knowledge and insights about the world and humanity.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

  • J. Murphy says:

    A great teacher sees the potential in everyone and holds the possibility of each student reaching their full potential always. Patience, care, kindness and presence are also good states of being for an effective teacher.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:52 am

  • James Nixon says:

    A great teacher listens with all of his senses and communicates with even more.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:53 am

  • Ryan Harrison says:

    A great teacher does not live in the past or future, but in the moment. He/ she lives in such a way that their example inspires us to achieve the same.
    A great teacher just is.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:55 am

  • Petra Ried says:

    A great teacher meets the people in their whole being.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:55 am

  • Ted Williamson says:

    A great teacher gives with no thought of self.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:57 am

  • Irma Toner says:

    A great teacher sees in his/her heart how the student can grow. The teacher smiles while respectfully and lovingly guiding his/her student. The focus is never on the teacher and a true teacher is aware of that.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

  • Mona Flynn says:

    A great teacher is sincerely interested in the well-being of his/her students and leads them in such a way as to empower them to lead themselves from their own seat of intuition, from their heart, with their own truth, so that they in fact can "do their dharma" - serve the purpose of their lives.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

  • Greg Price says:

    A Great teacher is like a mirror that reflects back to us our true nature.......he is kind and fierce at the same time.....like an axe that cuts through the root of our nuerosis.....he even has the ability to enter our blood stream so that we literally become a part of his family....his clan....the blood of the lineage flowing through our veins.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

  • Janus says:

    A Teacher is someone who will lead you to your self and the greater universe, in a way, that isn't different at all from the Great Way. You might not even know s/he's "a teacher"! :)

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:00 am

  • deb c says:

    I think a great teacher takes patience, listening skills, willing to be open minded, caring, and especially a love of teaching.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:01 am

  • Richard Pullen says:

    One word compassion

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:01 am

  • susan says:

    I have learned valuable experiences from the teachers who came across my path; they have held space for me to learn how to reconnect to my soul on a spiritual, emotional and spiritual level. teachers have shown me how important it is to have my own cells as full as possible with compassion, humour and love so that my essence touches theirs and moves them forward with a gentleness of light and healing.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:02 am

  • Simon says:

    There are a thousand ideas for what a good teacher is. When someone is awakened they teach spontaneously, effortlessly and correctly whether it seems to be manifesting as kindness, anger or indifference.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:03 am

  • Michael Hall says:

    Besides compasion a great teacher is not there but everywhere

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:04 am

  • Oleg Stepanov says:

    A great teacher wakes you up to reality.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:04 am

  • Charles H Fikes says:

    A great teacher will make the subject fun and interesting and the lessons will be absorbed almost effortlessly. But you can never forget that "When the Student is ready; the Teacher will appear!"

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:05 am

  • Chris says:

    A great teacher has patience, insight, and humor.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:05 am

  • Bob Sparks says:

    He or she can still fully connect with what it's like to be a regular, unenlightened human being so they can express spiritual knowledge with full compassion.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:06 am

  • Jessica says:

    Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche were to me great teachers because they simply opened and shared their heart so completely with their students.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:06 am

  • Jenny says:

    Patience with the human condition BOTH in themselves still (though the teacher may be closer to the Divine/trancendent)and in those around them both focused and not so

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:07 am

  • Jo Schaefer says:

    A great teacher is one who, as you read their words or hear them speak, leaves you with many tiny "aha moments"...words of relevance that can sometimes leave you with chills in their truth.

    These moments of light leave you realizing that the depth of their words gave you a momentary vision of the depth of the universe and of our reason for existing within it. AHA!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:07 am

  • eileen says:

    listening, with open heart, open eyes, open curiosity...then speaking the truth, with great respect and compassion. lucky am I, to have such a teacher.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:07 am

  • Kathy Wright says:

    A great teacher shows me that she and I are the same, and teaches me how to make the most of that sameness.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:11 am

  • Dea says:

    A great teacher is simultaneously the student. Humor facilitates.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:12 am

  • Don says:

    lineage, heart, humor and wisdom

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:14 am

  • drupgyu says:

    What makes for a good teacher is a quality of listening that will allow the skillfuissect the student and extract the sticky, gooey bits of ego and misguided self-concept.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:15 am

  • drupgyu says:

    REPOST:What makes for a good teacher is a quality of listening that will allow the skillful means of the teacher to dissect the student and extract the sticky, gooey bits of ego and misguided self-concept.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:17 am

  • Ogden Kruger says:

    a great teacher teachs from the heart and uses their head to follow, they spend time each day on their own practice allowing a deep connection with the infinite source and themselves...they have unconditional positive regard for their students and themselves and they always study as there is no complete knowing, only completely working to know and connect with the universal spirit....

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:21 am

  • Fiona says:

    A great teacher never loses awe or wonder, and feels priviliged to accompany somebody on their own personal journey of discovery. A great teacher remembers that she or he is also the learner. A great teacher continues to be open to the world and humble about their knowledge, and compassionate towards all they encounter.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:23 am

  • Ray A says:

    The one we call the teacher has the heart and mind so open to the heart and mind of the one we call the student that he simply lights the lamp for both of them to see the pathless truth. He uses what I call "analogues of communication," those ideas and images common to both as fuel for the lamp. In the silence of their true nature they transcend the finger pointing to the moon, and together, they see the moon.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:24 am

  • Arthur says:

    As Buddha exemplified for 45 years of teaching,
    great teachers open the door of understanding, and kindly, patiently, encourage students to enter that door on their own, according to their own readiness.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:27 am

  • Sarah says:

    A great teacher is fresh, compassionate and fierce. The teacher brings the student home in recognizing the nature of mind.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:29 am

  • Brian says:

    A great teacher is compassionate, open-hearted and fully present.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:31 am

  • Steve says:

    Humility...

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:33 am

  • Diana McDonough says:

    A great teacher that reaches me heart and soul and helps me recognize the nature of mind.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:35 am

  • James says:

    A great teacher is a transparent expanding and enveloping extension of your self.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:36 am

  • Satia says:

    From my experience, the best teachers are the ones who show and express sincere compassion. A teacher who can reach the student where the student is, in a manner that best touches the student, is a teacher who is exemplifying the ideals of any spiritual path. Loving as we want to be loved, giving as we need to receive--this is how a compassionate teacher shows the way before letting the student walk whatever path is best.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:38 am

  • Antya says:

    A great teacher appears when the student is ready...

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:39 am

  • Jesse Burgess says:

    He simply spoke truth, warmly, kindly, uncompromisingly.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:41 am

  • Janet Sue says:

    A great teacher is one wise of heart and compassionate of mind who is transparent yet full of radiant presence and inspires others

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:42 am

  • Richard McKay says:

    A great teacher points the way toward self realization.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:46 am

  • Lila Dlaboha says:

    Generosity (of self) makes a great teacher.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:46 am

  • topher dunne says:

    smile at fear has become a minor mantra for me of late. such as teachers and teachings inspire all of us.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:49 am

  • Jared says:

    A great teacher teaches students, not lessons.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

  • Brian P. Enclade says:

    A great teacher knows himself, not only his expertise, but he is on an inward journey of discovery. A student learns more from him because the student can since that the teacher not only knows what he is teaching, but also knows himself.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:51 am

  • Mark says:

    a great teacher gives what he/she receives with great compassion

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:52 am

  • tr says:

    A great teacher reflects clearly our own Buddhahood, our enlightened body, speech, mind, qualities and activities.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:55 am

  • Dennis Paulson says:

    To me, what makes a teacher great, rather than merely good, is the depth of compassion for all other living beings which all great teachers exhibit at all times. Many have developed the necessary experiential knowledge and distilled wisdom to teach; however, great, egalitarian compassion is what elevates those few we recognize as truly great teachers.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:56 am

  • Santiago Jimenez says:

    A great teacher is a mirror to the student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:57 am

  • Andrea Pucci says:

    I think a great teacher is one who sees in every moment an opportunity for practice, for learning, for offering, for connection with all that lives; and experiences joy and realization in practice and in life; shares this with enthusiasm and skill, inspiring others and clarifying the way.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

  • Karen Rytlewski says:

    A great teacher lives by example.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

  • Jameel Rahaman says:

    A great teacher is a great educator.
    Educare means to draw forth.
    This is the hallmark of a great teacher.
    The ability to draw forth from your students.
    Jameel Rahaman

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:04 am

  • Gilles Crepeau says:

    A great teacher is the one who, with wisdom and humility, helps the student see clearly what is already inside himself and, from that reality, what locically should be his next step. A great teacher is Bouddha in action in everyday life.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:06 am

  • Lorella says:

    A great teacher, is the one that when the student is thinking about him goes breathless

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:09 am

  • Paula T. Dimeck says:

    A great teacher walks the Path with the student; bears witness to the Journey; brings an authentic self to each encounter; and embodies Integrity and Compassion.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:12 am

  • Mary Ann Reynolds says:

    A good teacher knows where the student is on the path and offers opportunities for self-realization.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:20 am

  • Jon Frank says:

    A great teacher embodies the dharma and is without pretense.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:24 am

  • Jeff says:

    A great teacher is one who is empathic with many; my great teachers have empathized with me; the greatest teachers can empathize with everyone.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:25 am

  • Susan says:

    LISTENS

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:28 am

  • Jane Macdonald says:

    A great teacher introduces you to your own potential, and brings you to the path that allows you to develop that potential. A great teacher encourages you with wisdom and observation, not criticism and condemnation, thereby providing a role model of how to deal compassionately with other beings.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:29 am

  • Harald Sundt says:

    A great teacher is a student of wisdom who has traveled to the place of wisdom and yet enthusiastically remains a student so they themselves are a diamond bridge that connect the beginning and end of the path. This is why just to see them is to develop certainty in the truth they embody and confidence in outcome of the journey.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:29 am

  • Jim Schnebly says:

    The great teacher is fully present and can strike swiftly and precisely when delivering guidance.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:30 am

  • Gail says:

    What makes a great teacher is someone who grabs your heart and soul with his wisdom, words and true compassion.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:33 am

  • Fred says:

    A great teacher is wise, compassionate, open, warm, patient, loving, generous, and attentive

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:45 am

  • Maxine Carter says:

    Many beings reach various stages of enlightenment, but enlightenment does not make a great teacher. Teaching is an art; rhetoric does not market dharma. A great teacher of dharma is able to explain to any audience, in as many ways as necessary, the same point. By living what he or she teaches in life, a great teacher serves as an example to all, exemplifying the eight-fold noble path.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:55 am

  • Kathleen FInk says:

    A great teacher must be open, honest, and caring as well as loving the subject being taught.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:58 am

  • Lida Hospers says:

    A great teacher touches heart and mind and opens them to free compassion and wisdom.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:59 am

  • Michael Kreitsek says:

    A great teacher recognizes the heart essence of things and has the truly compassionate ability to convey that heart essence to the heart mind of the student in just the right way for each student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

  • Wilberto Nieves says:

    A great teacher understands your potential by seing your inner light. He opens the door and allows that light to shine over your path towards the full awareness of your existence

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:08 am

  • BobAnderson says:

    Beginner's mind.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

  • Carla Callahan says:

    Big love!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

  • Emmymaie Davey says:

    A true friend is the greatest teacher, and a great teacher will always be a true friend.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

  • S Thorsten says:

    I'm lost. I need help

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:15 am

  • adam koch says:

    Devotion to his/her teachers is what guarantees that all the qualities of the past masters are present

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:20 am

  • Christine Price says:

    Congruity and integrity - what the teacher is teaching is taught through her/him as much as by him.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:23 am

  • Robert Ausura says:

    An effective teacher is one who lives his own teachings.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:24 am

  • david c. sanborn says:

    a great teacher has to be a master of his subject. he or she must present the topic in such a manner that no matter how difficult is presented in terms of elegance and simplicity. also it is a labor of love.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:26 am

  • Patti McClellan says:

    A great teacher is overflowing with peace and wisdom, never more eloquent than when giving away the truth. A great teacher is humble, kind, just and loving.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:26 am

  • Gretchen Groth says:

    Compassion, wisdom, willing to share that wisdom, generous in atypical ways, responds differently to each individual according to that individual's needs/desires/patterns

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:34 am

  • H Butler says:

    A great teacher is one who opens your eyes and your mind in ways you didn't realize were possible. One who upon each meeting leaves you with the desire to be an even better person the next time you meet. Thank you, thank you, you wish to say - thank you for the teachings.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:35 am

  • Dawn Clive says:

    What makes a great Teacher...?

    ...I don't know...but I am blessed that we have them and they walk with us on Earth, encourage and support us to Manefest our own Divine Potential even still, from the Heavens.

    Many have started with a Great Question fertilized by suffering and sprung up from an Enlightened Heart and Compassionate Concern for the Whole. They endure through A Deep Center in Wellbeing and Trust in Life's Purpose, Supporting Them and that Whole.

    Thank God for Great Teachers!!!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:38 am

  • David says:

    A great teacher inspires confidence in your innate wisdom.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:39 am

  • Robin Harrison says:

    One has to love teaching and have a good knowledge of one's subject.

    Each student is different and needs something different from you.

    Teaching can be strict AND fun at the same time ,so a good sense of humour and compassion are a great advantage.

    We all learn from our students if we are any good at teaching !

    Ultimately ,we all "share" because we are all "One".

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:47 am

  • Harold Partain says:

    Compassionate simplicity like a dagger through the Heart!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:49 am

  • Kevin Peer says:

    A great teacher is one whose knowledge reflects learning as well as embodiment; whose motivation reflects compassion as well as relevance to the needs of the times; and whose skill in teaching reflects innate ability as well as a continual assessment of how to reach the hearts and minds of his/her students most effectively.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:55 am

  • Kathleen Spadaro says:

    A great teacher has presence, patience, awareness without judging, attentiveness, compassion, flexibility, diversity and the ability to challenge thought, ideas and growth without pressure.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:57 am

  • Sarah Pringle says:

    pay attention
    be amazed
    tell about it

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:00 am

  • Sheri Wagschal says:

    Having the ability to listen with a compasionate heart and tongue.A true teacher's gentle guiding presence being felt long after our physical contact.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:01 am

  • Luther Wills-Dudich says:

    A great teacher can simultaneously make the dharma seem like something that you yourself really can accomplish in this one lifetime, but you'd better get a move on, because that lifetime can end at any time. They can also make something like describing how life is suffering really funny, but simultaneously poignant.

    A great teacher will remain totally 'there' and unflappable in circumstances that would throw off most people, from things we would be adverse to like a imminent tornado warning in the middle of a teaching, or their teacher dying, to things we would get lost in enjoying like a dog running into a shrine room and rolling around on students or a fireworks display in their honor.

    A great teacher will say exactly what you NEED to hear when you are speaking to them, even if it's not what you WANT to hear.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:02 am

  • Andrew Paulson says:

    Great teachers experience the truth of the dharma, then pass along that experience to inspire their students to have their own experiences.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

  • Don Wood says:

    HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is a great teacher. The first time I read one of his books, I felt as though I had known him all my life. His words, his compassion, touched me and changed my life. I feel so grateful to be living in a world where he lived and taught. And he still teaches!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:05 am

  • Smarth says:

    In my view (and experience) a great teacher is one who connects with everyone with empathy and love; a great teacher will be sincerely interested in you as an individual. The rest is not important for empathy implies the ability to feel as others do, to partake in their life as much as they do...

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:12 am

  • Lea says:

    Puts the light of all the infinite universes in the palm of your hand letting it dissolve you, the hand, the teacher, and all phenomena into the vast dharmakaya.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:14 am

  • C. Wilson says:

    A great teacher is one who both possesses and gives love, compassion, truth, and heart-understanding.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:14 am

  • John Miller says:

    A great teacher speaks to your heart, awakens your soul, and inspires your growth.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:26 am

  • Adela Iglesias says:

    A great teacher is the clear mirror which shows you, unconditionally, your true nature.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

  • Elizabeth Ready says:

    A great teacher demonstrates humility, kindness, devotion and life example, and her/his view is vast as the sky while her actions are as fine as barley flour.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

  • Dan says:

    A great teacher tells you are doing something that's just great, and encourages you to do better, telling you you can do it if you apply yourself.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

  • Kevin says:

    A great teacher is imaginative, intuitive, humble, wise and compassionate. A great teacher does not teach but embodies the teaching and offers it as gift to all who draw near.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:39 am

  • Lauren says:

    A great teacher embodies all of the dharma in every act of body speech and mind. A great teacher appears according to our own merit and out of great compassion and wisdom acts continuously and without tiring for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

  • Mark Adornetto says:

    A teacher's purpose is to provide the instruction and guidance necessary to help students grow and transform.

    A Great Teacher is one who has proven his or her ability to transform by leaving behind a legacy of highly developed, if not enlightened, students.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:47 am

  • Brij Masand says:

    A great teacher knows you authentically, penetratingly, beyond your outward presentations. Through a heartfelt connection, encouragement and tough love when necessary, a great teacher helps you return to the actual path, especially when liberation seems like an unattainable ideal. Being around a great teacher inspires confidence in the path: that even you, an ordinary person, can aspire to attain freedom. A great teacher opens your heart to work for the benefit of others. Around a great teacher, you can experience the nature of your mind and experience an awareness beyond your sense perceptions.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

  • Raf says:

    What makes a great teacher?
    Instant presence!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

  • Sharon Robinson says:

    I feel that a great teacher has compassion and is heart-centered in their teachings. I also feel that a great teacher encourages students to develop their highest potential. I believe that a great teacher imparts the understanding for students "to be in the world yet not of the world."

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

  • Gail Zinberg says:

    A great teacher is one who fully embodies the teaching, who clearly sees and can support the student in her/her struggle, and can communicate/transmit the teachings in the verbal/ non-verbal, visible/invisible realms. A great teacher is one who sees past, present and future unfolding in the present moment, balancing present manifestation with the confidence supporting the student's strengthening aspirations.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

  • Joann Neel says:

    My great teacher is able to take my angst, tensions, and pain upon himself and give me back pure shaktipat so I can become stronger and work at a deeper level and grow in my practice.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

  • Lynne Conrad Marvet says:

    A great teacher is open, relaxed, playful and curious about the world. A great teacher has a heart of unconditional compassion and limitless, creative skillful means to reflect and awaken wisdom in the hearts/minds of his/her students. A great teacher also uses sharp prajna and a sense of humor to slice your ego into bits!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

  • Jim Duffy says:

    A geat teacher creates the space in which the student can discover their own inherent capacity for wisdom and compassion.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

  • Annie says:

    A great teacher is one who embodies the wisdom of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas and brings enlightened activity into the world, working tirelessly for the benefit of all beings; and who, with humor,compassion, and lightening clarity, teaches us to know ourselves, whom he knows better than we do!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:21 am

  • Alexandre Westerlund says:

    A great teacher... was once a great student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

  • Karen Burow says:

    A great teacher is one who compassionately helps you see yourself!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

  • Greg Bones says:

    A great teacher manifests and leads the student toward the possible.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

  • kavin coleman says:

    a great teacher is one who puts into practice what he teaches. He easily and tirelessly teaches life saving teachings to others

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:41 am

  • Joel Mandel says:

    A great teacher simultaneously manifests great wisdom and great skillful means.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

  • arlette says:

    Compassionate listening - deep understanding - wide smile.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:57 am

  • pohaikalani says:

    A true teacher just loves!
    Kumula`au hiki no me kea aloha!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 8:59 am

  • Tonya Williams says:

    A great teacher transcends the ages, all religions and his message is true to all who come now or later.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

  • Dan Anderson says:

    Presence, compassion, love, and will.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

  • Jared Commerer says:

    One who urges you to go within.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:09 am

  • Steve says:

    A great teacher provides students with the confidence and enthusiasm to pass on the lessons.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

  • Sheryl Timmons says:

    A great teacher inspires his/her student not only to learn but to want to learn. He/she imparts motivations, desire, and a fire for the subject being taught. If the student exits knowing he or she does not want to pursue the subject, it is only after this fullness of experience. But the thirst for learning never goes away.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Marta says:

    A great teacher provides leadership and guidance and encouragement with love. A teacher supports strengths and strengthens weaknesses.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am

  • Eduardo Reppert says:

    A great teacher like Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is certainly one of those rare teachers who trough their immense love and compassion has helped his disciples and the disciples of their disciples transcend their own limitations. These teachers are a multiplying factor in the evolution of consciousness.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

  • John Maccari says:

    A great teacher is one that immediately understands the starting place of the student, and teaches to that student the way that that student will understand. This teacher lives in the moment without attachment and has such love of self and resides in infinite joy that it radiates outward in all directions helping to raise the vibration of the world.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

  • Helen Williams says:

    a great teacher knows my ego and lovingly helps me to dismantle it.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:51 am

  • Melissa Ruggiero says:

    One who is equal to all the Buddhas in his/her compassion and his/her blessings.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

  • Gwen says:

    What makes a great teacher is one whose very actions and state of being is the teachings in flesh. That is the best teacher of all.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

  • Donna says:

    A great teacher is one who knows that he/she is only a tool for balancing ignorance.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

  • Christine says:

    The teacher who knows the sacred texts and how to apply them to real life. They treat each student as an individual and give each one exactly what they need.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

  • Jerry says:

    A great teacher exudes boundless compassion, joy, love, and equanimity.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

  • Richard Tetrault says:

    A great teacher gives love to all silently, unconditionally...

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

  • Geraldine Radovanovich says:

    A great teacher is as rare as a great teacher is.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

  • sherrie says:

    A great teacher knows what each student needs.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

  • mike says:

    a great teacher is wisdom manifesting as compassion: his enlightened mind, speech, body, qualities and actions are unsupported anywhere.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

  • Bostjan says:

    A place of a spiritual teacher is a position, naturally being taken by the greatness of the consciousness, of a person embodying it. A person holding this space is fully aware of its position, the depth of it, and the lightness of being a human being at the same time, since all apparitions and phenomena, are illusory at the base level, as dzogchen would say. The mind of a great teacher exhibits these qualities effortlessly and naturally, as if this is the only way, a human being is and can be. It is not something that a teacher needs yet to learn, it is already accomplished. The strength of mind gives the possibility that the teachings can be transmitted, in a way suited best, for a student.This, I think, with a good dose of basic qualities of all of five elements - giving with compassion, holding with integrity, receiving with wisdom clarity, determining with inner vision and above all, the realisation of emptyness is, for me, the prerequisite of a great teacher.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  • Jongbok Yi says:

    I'd never known about him until 2003 when I was in Boudhanat to study in the Rangjungyeshe institute for the University of Virginia Summer language program. One day while I was there, I saw a man with a huge body in front of me in a ritual. He told me that his teaching is over and gave me his last teaching with touching my crown of head with his hand. It was soft and warm with full of love. I thought that he is still alive. When I went to the classroom with my classmates, I saw his picture upon a wall and asked anybody could lead me to meet with him, but realized he passed away long time ago. It was quite disappointing; however, he came to me again next year and introduced his yangsi (reincarnation). I've never forgotten his last teaching but haven't understood it either.

    After that, whenever I have a chance, I try to learn about him and have found his compassionate bodhicitta and love toward all sentient beings. Although I did not have a chance to him while he was in the last form, he is my teacher in my heart.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  • john says:

    A great teacher has no ego, and yet s/he understands and has boundless compassion for beings who are poisoned with ego.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

  • john h. wead says:

    a great teacher teaches that it is not possible to follow his own teachings all the time.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

  • Robin Pelkki says:

    A great teacher shows their joy and enthusiasm and inspires you to stay on the path to your own becoming.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

  • Joan Willoe says:

    A great teacher is one is able to practice "deep listening," and thus is able to understand and connect with the student's experience/perspective. In so doing, the teacher can skillfully frame the teachings to better facilitate transmission to the student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

  • Joan Willoe says:

    A great teacher is one is able to practice “deep listening,” and thus is able to understand and connect with the student’s experience/perspective. In so doing, the teacher can skillfully frame the teachings to better facilitate transmission to the student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

  • Don Wood says:

    A great teacher would be a highly realized being and have a great since of humor.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

  • Don Wood says:

    Here And Now

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

  • Shellie King says:

    To share knowledge and your love of others with a compassionate heart and a deep and insightful mind. To conduct yourself with grace, dignity and little ego.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

  • David Lynch says:

    For me a great teacher is one that has received lineage teachings and is compassionate and generous by giving teachings. One that I relate to and find a connection with. He must be the living embodiment of the Buddha and the Dharma. Someone that lives the teachings and leads by example. Also for me being a Westerner it is someone who can relate to the western culture with his or her teachings.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm

  • Mike B says:

    a Great Teacher, can teach you with few words, or many right words....through time and space, a great teacher can point you correctly - afterall thats what the Buddha did himself - pointing to the moon.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

  • Leafy says:

    a great teacher is one that teaches the Dharma in a way that each person can understand. they teach with patience and knowledge. They hold the space for the student to get a firm foothold.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

  • jean-francois tremblay says:

    A great teacher helps you walk by your own on the spiritual path.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  • Sylvia M. Calderón says:

    A great teacher has amazing sense of humor and is an endless source of awakening surprises.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

  • Louise V says:

    A great teacher has the knowledge in his mind and experience but above all in his heart. He is able to communicate at the level of his students. He is excited about his teachings and makes his students feel excited too. A great teacher knows his students and loves them despite that fact. He is an inspiration, humble yet profound. A great teacher burrows a space into your heart and remains there.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

  • rob mcdougall says:

    A great teacher is the inspiration to make a start, a guide for the journey onwards, a refuge and a rock in times of doubt ... and the realization that that great teacher is none other than you!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

  • Lila says:

    A great teacher has great compassion, insight and wisdom. He and his student have a karmic connection. He is able to give teachings suited to the audience, and has the wisdom to guide his students through the path at a pace suited to the student's capability. He introduces things gradually, and encourages his students to persevere. He has great patience, truly loves and cares about his students, thinks of them, and wants the very best for them, like a mother to her only child.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

  • Sharon Thorp says:

    A great teacher recognizes his student and allows the student to recognize himself.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

  • ross lessard says:

    dedicated effortlessness...sweet

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  • Renee Flower says:

    A great teacher is also a student, and with kindness and support accompanies other students on their journeys. Sometimes in the guise of riddles, hints, demonstration, and suggestion, the teacher asks, but does not answer the questions and challenges posed to the student, which lets the student do the most of the work and make the discoveries. In this way, the teacher presents a modest and gentle persona, and does not intimidate or frighten the struggling student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

  • Jonathan says:

    A great teacher is the very embodiment of bodhichitta: limitless wisdom and compassion!

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

  • Jo Wall de Gallo says:

    His teachings are so succinct, so simple and yet so profound. First time I saw a picture of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche I knew I had found my master, and I wasn't even a Buddhist. A good teacher is my role model, he is all I strive for in this and all future lives.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm

  • Kel says:

    A good teacher is a person who has an open heart, and does not judge. Who is always a student and welcomes all beings with smiles. Who sees fear and moves towards it, so that we can see it is possible and the path can indeed be walked.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

  • Kitty says:

    A great teacher speaks from her own heart, her own place of knowing, and allows the student space to learn as he needs to. A great teacher is humble and fearless. A great teacher might not even know she is teaching.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  • Dale Knepp says:

    The trusting relationship is central to making a good teacher. Without that either the teacher or the student is just benefiting for oneself. With trust, the benefit grows between the two and expands to reach out to all others.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  • Sean B. says:

    A great teacher never finishes the quest to learn.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

  • Dharmagya says:

    Life is the greatest teacher, if only one can pay attention. In an individual, a Great teacher will inspire us to notice, pay attention, love and age well.

    Aum Shanti Aum

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

  • Nirbhay Singh says:

    A great teacher embodies the teachings

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

  • bryan hardy says:

    A hired assasin who dismantles our ego.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

  • Shedrick L. says:

    A great teacher is one who lives the lessons taught.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

  • Rose Berliner says:

    A great teacher comes, like a quiet cat, to restore the student to the discovery and practice of the dharma.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm

  • Celine Lavoie says:

    A great teacher makes you see, feel and believe in your deepest potential.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  • elizabeth says:

    A great teacher knows and teach us to know the difference between truth and illusion.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

  • Jodie Robertson says:

    For me, when I see a great teacher....I feel Him/Her too - there is a sense of something quite cosy, my heart warms and opens, tears well, cheeks redden. I feel so Loved, alive, beyondwords, like a little child, ... light, complete, longing... that all things are as they are and should be. Gentle.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

  • Susan Ahl says:

    A great teacher inspires lovingkindness and great devotion in the student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

  • Hans Joustra says:

    A great teacher is like any other great artist, be it painter or sculptor, author or musician, restaurant chef or any other who has a love for his/her trade and intimately understands the materials they work with and who has the desire and patience to instil the same in his/her students.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

  • Barbra says:

    A good teacher reaches the student exactly where they are. The teacher is never hesitant to open the students eyes to that in them that they do not see clearly.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  • V C Thomas says:

    When the life itself is teaching, then you will come to know who is a great teacher.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

  • Laura Edminster says:

    A good teacher unveils what is already purely formed in the student.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

  • Mandy Cameron says:

    A Pure, felt presence
    Knowing how to open the heart
    Few words are needed

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

  • David Westdal says:

    A great teacher is within.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

  • Troy Dillard says:

    A great teacher is a master of Uppaya, skillful means. He or she is able to tailor the teachings to a public talk, inspiring practice, generating insight and wisdom, pointing a finger directly to the Way, simplifying complicated topics and bringing subtlety and nuance to simple topics. With the individual student, Uppaya is still mastered by the Great Teacher, seeing the students' weaknesses and delusions, cutting through them in a skillful and compassionate way. Eventually, the Great Teacher emerges in the student and the roles are intertwined. The student becomes the Great Teacher and Great Teacher is taught by the student. The is the Transmission of the Way, from Shakyamuni Buddha to our modern teachers in America and throughout the world.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

  • Payman says:

    Bodhichitta

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  • Sam Salter says:

    A great teacher inspires and trains, but he actually has no need for pupils (just to feed ego) -- his pupils need him.

    Nevertheless, he is gladdened by his pupils' success. And yet still, he will not hold on to them.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

  • Wendy Campbell says:

    A great teacher listens from an open heart, always.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm

  • Gregory L.Smith says:

    A wise teacher questions a student in such a way that the student questions the reason behind the question.
    A fair teacher gives his students the answers, but makes them look for them in his answers.
    A good teacher shares his own experiences and also argues other teachings with his students to see if they can find the truth.
    A holy teacher expresses the infinite value of the creator and explains his own view of how the world was while he has lived, will be as they live on, and from where it all began as the creator lives.
    A surviving teacher only exists if they have partaken of the Tree of Life and do not have a choice to die.
    A great teacher posesses his soul and teaches his students how to own their own souls also, for sharing will be done at the final day.

    Posted on June 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm

  • B. Robert burns says:

    A teacher helps the student see what they cannot see by themselves.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 1:17 am

  • Joyce Moore says:

    Even though acutely aware that each step of the journey is a point-of-no-return, the good teacher will sprinkle crumbs of Emptiness to mark the Fullness of the path. From above and from below, and wandering in from all sides, generations of hungry students will gather to devour such tender morsels and, just at the height of their satiation, all remnants of a good teacher’s trail will become obliterated. So it is that, time and again, both the good teacher and good student – together - will be lost between soaring avenues of Knowledge and steep boulevards of Ignorance. Undaunted, the good teacher and good student will travel on, moving straight ahead, while meandering through a convoluted vortex of surety and doubt. Yet, beneath the drum and vibration of what can sometimes be a diverse collection of moving, human feet, the good teacher will feel the Earth’s singular magnetic pull, and through a good student’s darting eyes, will readily read the steady points of the compass. And good teacher knows their sense of direction will remain in tact as long as s/he knows exactly where a good student is, and good students know they can only discern a good teacher’s precise location as long as they remain lost. It is also true that a good teacher is adept at finding trustworthy signposts in an ever shifting landscape; knowing it is here, on this exact spot, that a tender, white Lilly perished more than a millennium ago; and over there, in an ancient wood yet to come into being, is precisely where an Eagle waits to be born. While they might live forever in the type of static texts, or forever evolve in colorful transmissions of oral tradition, it is probably wise for a good student to remember, the good teacher not so much talked the path as walked it, and sought not so much to lead down the path as to follow it. For within every good teacher is a sense of interchangeability; between human and creature, creature and mineral, mineral and air, teacher and student. Good teachers instinctively know that at any given fork in the road they might find themselves cloaked in dim starlight and capitulating to the inky blackness of the night sky. They also know at any turn, good students might find themselves standing naked in the brilliance of the rising Sun, and still, bravely contend. Surely, the mark of a good teacher is not so much which direction s/he might have taken, or even how many might have followed that way. Perhaps a better mark of good teachers is how much they delight in Knowing as in Unknowing … where their destination is the same as the definition … good teacher travels as one who forever arrives at the destination of being a good student.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 1:21 am

  • milton oppelt says:

    A great teacher will teach you how to find your path and give you the skill and knowledge to walk it by yourself.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 2:24 am

  • Linda Pankewicz says:

    A great teacher has strength of character.
    A great teacher exudes compassion and wisdom.
    A great teacher has the patience to bring you back to the path again and again and again.
    A great teacher inspires you to become a great student.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 2:29 am

  • Atula Shah says:

    A Great Teacher is an embodiment of his own path. Someone who Listens with Compassion, understands, a person of wisdom & unbound love, guides you & lets you BE. A great Teacher inherits good qualities of his Teacher in his character. A great teacher is a human being with flaws & is willing to learn & be taught. The reflection of great teacher shines in his student.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 3:09 am

  • Martin Perenchio says:

    A great teacher overflows like a gushing spring. Anyone who had been in Dilgo Khyentse's presence when he was discoursing on the Dharma has had this experience, engorged, refreshed, and overwhelmed.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 3:31 am

  • Dianne Gregory says:

    We are enticed by humor, engaged by those whose inner world experience is as great as their outer world experience, but we're not influenced until an individual has the courage to speak her/his reflected-upon experience with unabashed truth.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 6:13 am

  • Dianne Gregory says:

    Minds are enticed by humor and engaged by those whose inner world experience is at least as great as their outer world experience, but we're not influenced unless they have the courage to speak their reflected upon experience with unabashed truth

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 6:15 am

  • Jonathan Beddingfield says:

    A good teacher is someone who is able to teach without being judgmental to ones understanding or abilities.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 7:09 am

  • John Bennett says:

    A great teacher must have what the student needs and the ability to provide it.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 7:30 am

  • Sum Jung Guy says:

    A good teacher applies an appropriate lesson to a given situation for a particular audience.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

  • byang sems says:

    Great teacher is the best of the best of our own projections. The teacher is the path.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

  • Thomas K. Nash says:

    A great teacher embodies all the qualities to which a potential student aspires, generating in the potential student comfort and confidence that increase as the teacher-student relationship develops.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

  • Joe Garofalo says:

    A great Teacher/Realized Master will fearlessly, skillfully, mindfully, and intuitively do anything and everything to Wake-Up a sincere seeker/student. This will vary depending on where the student is "at" at that particular moment in time. Everything is fair game to achieve that Mind to Mind Transmission...

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 9:12 am

  • Sara Stewart says:

    A great teacher is compassionate. Compassionate enough to uphold a student in times of dispare, to share laughter, to say, when a student has stumbled on her/his path, "It's ok. I love you enough to help you pick yourself up, dust yourself off & set you on you're way. The only way any of us learns to walk is to fall & fall again until we find the necessary balance to walk."

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 9:47 am

  • Robert Jihi Merrill says:

    A great teacher not only manifests the Dharma, but transmits the Dharma at all times. Such a teacher is enlightened, understanding and patient. This teacher lives as a non-self and realized it is the Dharma, not the teacher, that awakens beings.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 9:50 am

  • Brandon T. M. Sweat says:

    A true teacher is one who has a heart of fire and uses the flames of that heart to kindle and inflame the hearts of all those who cross their path...

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

  • Nate DeMontigny says:

    A great teacher is someone who not only talks the talk, but walks it as well. So many of us in the West are taken advantage of by so called tulkus and lamas that we do not have the capability of verifying their "credentials". So I believe a great teacher is one that not only embodies the teachings he gives, but embodies the teachings he/ she received. It's hard to tell who is who sometimes, I believe the real teachers, the great teachers, have overcome ego and don't need to tell ou they are a tulku or a lama, or they've been recognized by this person or that one.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm

  • Judith Rasoletti says:

    A great Teacher shows me how to die, moment by moment.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

  • dale Pressnall says:

    A great teacher is one that understands what his/her student is searching for and can help him/her on that path, with guidance, wisdom and understanding. He/she should be able to communicate with each other and neither should be afraid of asking questions.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

  • Larry Morgan says:

    a great teacher isn't

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  • Linda Nockler says:

    A great teacher is one that enables their students to find their own inner guru - their innate inner wisdom - by embodying both wisdom and compassion and inspiring confidence in their students' potential to realize they have the same quality of being. In short, the ability to transmit the view that 'my essence is your essence' with clarity and confidence.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  • char says:

    To tell you the truth, I don't know what makes a great teacher, exactly. I know that an ocean-like capacity for acceptance and compassion would be of use, and so would humility and a light sense of humor. Maybe a keen awareness of her/his student and what engages them in learning... and a curiosity and willingness to explore boundlessly... good question.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm

  • Terri squires says:

    Ai great teacher is someone who can share difficult concepts, ideas ways of being in the world in a meaningful way for each student they teach.

    Posted on June 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm

  • Jonathan Lowe says:

    A great teacher meets the student, connects with him, and walks with him along the path. He does not lead the student, but follows as he grows, and nurtures from beneath like the soil under a plant. He gives freely of himself and he is not diminished, but instead grows with the student himself.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 7:27 am

  • Andrea McIntyre says:

    A great teacher is one whose integrity evokes the integrity of others, a resonance which opens the student to learn, and whose interactions are honed to transmit what the student needs to learn.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 8:08 am

  • Marc Olmsted says:

    Allen Ginsberg once asked my poet friend Peter Marti how Peter picked our teacher, Tharchin Rinpoche.

    Peter thought, then replied: "He likes me. And he's nice to me."

    Ginsberg: "Well, that's important."

    It probably is. At least sometimes. Maybe.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

  • Diana McDonough says:

    A great teacher is one who connects with students, teaches to their individual needs, is compassionate, caring, and passionate about what he/she teaches.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:12 am

  • Marcel silvere says:

    It's someone who makes you a good human being,and "force" you to tame your mind.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

  • Puntsok Smith says:

    A great teacher is a truthful friend, and makes the student aware that he/she has the same buddha nature and can attain the same realization by dedication to serving others. Remembering that Dilgo Rinpoche hardly slept so that he could serve those who called upon him.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

  • Eman Fallah says:

    A great teacher flawlessly reflects back your true nature while embodying unconditional love.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

  • Tina Carter says:

    Great teacher realizes in the student the interchange of student and teacher, student/teacher. Inseparable.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

  • Victor Torrico says:

    A great teacher continually points to the awareness which is our essence.
    Some of the greatest teachings arise from silence. There is no independently existing you or me and this is also pointed out to be experienced by the student.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

  • Darlene Guidry Rose says:

    Fearlessness. Courage. Compassion. And love.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

  • Deborah Willis says:

    These writings have taught me a compassion, an empathy, and a wander that I hadn't felt before; I am truly humbled and thankful for this awakened spirituality. This is a sign only by a great teacher.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

  • Tim Cassidy says:

    A great teacher is one who "knows" by experience and is able to communicate such knowledge verbally and/or non verbally.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

  • Ivan H. Romero says:

    A great teacher is the embodiment of the refuge: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. He is able to show students possibilities beyond their imagination, breaking all stiff ideas, destroying confusion, cutting through distubing emotions. A great teacher is an exhuberance of boundless joy, wisdom and compassion.
    OM MANI PEME HUNG

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

  • Rochelle Weithorn says:

    What makes a great teacher -- easy -- a teacher who accepts their students in their heart even if they don't agree with them on a particular subject. The Vidyadhara said something like that which I read somewhere. A student has to feel accepted by their teacher - in the teacher's heart. I thought about that for a long time and realized that that's why Trungpa Rinpoche's students loved him so much. When you were with him you were the only person in the world. You felt the love, the confidence, the commitment from him to you 100%. In return you gave him your all and still continue to do so even after 25 years. What makes a great teacher is the trust Trungpa Rinpoche put into us by giving us everything he had and then more.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

  • Erika Midori Tazawa says:

    a great teacher does nothing but to give student space to trust to open his heart to emerge his own wisdom.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

  • Siovhon Morgan says:

    A great teacher is someone who sees you for who you are and loves you anyway. A great teacher can teach you to play and lighten up. A great teacher has been there and done that!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

  • John Rockwell says:

    A great teacher knows the full path from confusion to awake, is skilled in teaching this path through all the senses, and ruthlessly and with great humor short circuits the path to wake the student on the spot.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

  • Lisa Leeman says:

    a great teacher gets you over yourself, with compassionate fierceness.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:59 am

  • ernest porps says:

    we have experienced many great Tibetan teachers here in the west but the

    GREAT ONE was VCTR. Why?

    early fall 1971: A friend said that there was going to be a lecture given in a little A frame church across from the university at 7 pm next friday. wanna go? sure? nothing else going on!

    A 7 pm the space was filled by we long haired types. more of the guys were bare chested and not a bra could be detected. it was HOT that evening. 7 pm turned into 8 and then 8:30 but no one minded amidst the guitar sounds, the dancing and, of course. the grassy fragrance that filled the space.

    Suddenly someone shouted "the speaker has arrived!" all turned to the room's entrance to see a short jet black haired Guy wearing a zigzaged striped wool sport coat, powdered blue shirt, grey slacks and an amazing
    tie that is indescribable. The Guy sat down on a raised platform in front and someone gave him a glass of something to drink.

    The party happing subsided. silence became a long, Long. long silence and then suddenly the speaker finally spoke:

    " YOU ARE ALL FUCKED UP! Any questions?"

    That was it! the scorpion had struck with its Dharma Truth. for i knew i was fucked up indeed but i didn't know i knew it until the speaker spoke.

    All the rest is history.

    Great teacher's: yes! but the Greatest was/is the one who joined us as we were. how dressed, how we... were in every way. And then brought us along.

    "COME ALONG!

    Choyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Cheers!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

  • Tracy Good says:

    I would say there is only One Great Teacher. It is everywhere, it is everything, it is all of us. It is that pure consciousness that, like a dormant Dragon, sleeps within us all and within everything and is all that is.
    A great teacher is like a crystallized Diamond Essence through which the Light of this consciousness passes to ignite the Dragon fire of this all and everything consciousness within us.
    And we burst into the Flame of unending awareness, inexhaustible.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

  • Kimberly Carmitchel says:

    For me, a good teacher is one that can see my karmic formations and deliver the dharma to me in a way that I can hear, and therefore apply. This seems presumptuous to say, in that I completely bow in gratitude to any that devote themselves with intention to teach and help others.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

  • Ardeth says:

    A great teacher never stops learning, especially from students.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

  • Jon D'Orazio says:

    A BUDDHA WHO CONNECTS DIRECTLY TO AND AWAKENS ONE'S BODY, SPEECH AND MIND.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

  • DeborahM says:

    What Teacher?

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:24 am

  • Matt DiRodio says:

    As loving as a mother with a sick child,as ruthless and direct as a lighting bolt, as claustrophobic as a smothering pillow and as spacious as the sky/ocean

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

  • Darryl Burnham says:

    A great teacher embodies and manifests unconditional love for all.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

  • Paula Marie Groves says:

    great student makes great teacher & vice versa

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

  • Dirk Boehm says:

    The teacher and the teaching are one. The teacher doesn`t teach. The living teaching is where he was, before he gave space for the teaching.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

  • Kathie Paul says:

    A great teacher breaks open your heart.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:33 am

  • Michael doucet says:

    A great teacher teaches from the heart.
    The intellect follows awareness of the moment,
    not just dharma dogma,
    And laughs!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

  • Mark Bourdon says:

    Who fearlessly shows compassion when compassion is needed; shows firmness when firmness is needed; shows wisdom when wisdom is needed; never giving up in their efforts to help us find our innate basic goodness.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

  • Gregory Yock says:

    Much to my surprise, a teacher appeared and moved me to let my heart be full of everything I have to give: my wealth, my expertise, and the dharma teaching. She said, "Here is the antidote to universal restlessness, anxiety, worry and fear." To reach by surprise one as alienated as myself surely is a mark of a great teacher!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

  • Nancy Iris says:

    A great teacher finds joy in the students accomplishments.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:40 am

  • cesar says:

    limitless compassion

    lama khyenno,
    cesar

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

  • Maria Isabel Corá Coccia says:

    A great teacher is one that appears in our dream to show us the true nature of our mind.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

  • Rob D says:

    The questions that students ask tell us about the teacher. An average teacher knows things are going well when there are lots of questions. This teacher follows a lesson plan. Students are confused yet trying to understand the material. This teacher is likely to say “That’s a great question and we’ll get to that in tomorrow’s lesson.” The student knows he is in the dark but it's OK because the teacher will eventually show him the light. A more skillful teacher prefers a map instead of a lesson plan. This teacher’s role is not as navigator, but more like orienter, continually turning the map this way and that so students can see more clearly the direction in which they might head. Students tend to ask tentative questions. This teacher empowers students to realize they can turn on for themselves the light that dispels confusion. The great teacher has wrapped his lunch in the lesson plan and turned the map into a kite. There aren’t many questions because there aren’t many students and there may not even be a classroom. He talks or is silent and the students are confused but gradually they let go of that confusion as they realize that the purpose of the talking is not to build a hierarchy of ideas, not to free them from confusion, not to take them anywhere. There is no purpose because he is not trying to teach them anything in the way they understand teaching. He is just flying a kite. But while doing that, the teacher has also somehow awakened them to a light shining within which is not separate from their confusion. How does the teacher do this? I have no idea. It is sort of like trying to point with a kite.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

  • David Altschul says:

    A great teacher is experienced enough to have acquired wisdom, committed enough to transmit it, and mindful and compassionate enough to offer it in bowls to hungry student can pick up and digest from

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

  • Laura Duggan says:

    A great teacher is one who kindles within a student their own innate wisdom and desire for liberation, freely offering their insights without binding the student in any way. The teacher's state radiates like fragrance from a rose, available to all who pass by.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

  • Brooke Oland says:

    A great teacher is able to transfer knowledge of nothing.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

  • Christian Weitbrecht says:

    A great teacher is a teacher who inspires one to make use of the means.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:49 am

  • Robin Anderson says:

    A great teacher learns well from all around, inspiring students to do the same, understands the limits of knowledge,and has compassion for human frailty.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:55 am

  • Paul Belserene says:

    a great teacher gives completely, with kindness and unshakable love

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

  • Daniel L. Hess says:

    A great teacher connects with a student(s) before him by the unspoken
    giving of his being through his gestures, eyes, the undeniable, efficacy,
    of his being as he wraps you in his presence, in an unforgettable,
    smile of his heart and mind.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm

  • Stephen Boyd says:

    A true teacher selflessly holds our own enlightened nature, which we project out on to him or her, until we are ready to recognize it as who we really are. Thanks to all of them.
    May it be auspicious,
    Steve Boyd

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  • David Hykes/Harmonic Presence Foundation says:

    A great teacher helps us to awaken.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

  • Don Benson says:

    Walks the talk, and is capable of connecting with students that come, each with their unique stage of development, with appropriate language, metaphor, world view.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

  • Andrew Safer says:

    Realization, vast vision, and boundless compassion.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

  • Barbara says:

    I have not a great knowledge about Dilgo Kkhyentse's life and teachings. But I had a friend, who once gave me a copy of one book of him, and when I saw the photograph, I knew this was The Teacher. I read it and I found inside so much inspiration that I felt that my initial premonition was true. Some monts ago, I felt the need to go back to that book. And I discovered in Trycicle that now there are a Collected Works of Dilgo Kkhyentse. Everything seems to come in the right moment.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm

  • Caro Gannett says:

    A great teacher motivates us to remember every day how precious our human life is.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

  • Patrick Knisely says:

    A great teacher is different for different people. He (or she) is experienced differently by each of his students, depending on their individual needs. He can be compassionate or cutting, deep and complex or simple and direct. Of course I only know this from what others tell me. I hope to meet my own root guru soon (at least in this lifetime).

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

  • Sabine Werner says:

    absolutely great to have this teachings available!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

  • Laura Burnham says:

    Our hearts resonate with the teacher whose innate wisdom and open heart are attuned to the same in ourselves.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

  • Chris McMahon says:

    A great teacher is someone who never gives up on his or her students and inspires them to go beyond their perceived limits.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  • Tracey Clark says:

    I feel that a good teacher is one who is willing to bare her/his humanity, and with a sense of humor.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  • Sheela Devi says:

    A great teacher, always knows how to behave with different individuals, a great teacher is the one who is compassionate to all, yet is able to point one's hidden faults.

    He is the mirror reflecting our own Buddha nature.
    Striking the quintessential instructions and making them relevant to our own life, his insight into reality rains down upon us through the swift path of devotion.

    He inspires faith wherever he may go or dwell and irradiates the qualities of the 3 Jewels to all beings without bias, irrespective of their beliefs, status, attitudes.

    I always pray to come under the compassionate care of such Sublime Being.

    Mangalam

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

  • Ran Edwards says:

    A great teacher of any topic remembers the transformations that brought about his own increase in a manner that enables him to compassionately relate to where his students are, just such that he has both the awareness of the student and his own. Consequently, he knows the mountain from its base to its peak, and for every student at the base he can guide them upon the path that works best for them to the place where they all can have a common view.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

  • Hellen Newland says:

    A person who touches your heart and mind and tho it makes no sense at all, you know they are true.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm

  • marke slipp says:

    A great teacher creates a desire to learn.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

  • mike n says:

    a great teacher treads the path. that is they live what they teach and are an example to their students. a great teacher understands each students needs and gives them a relevant teaching to advance their understanding and experience upon the spiritual path. a great teacher is patient, compassionate and encouraging.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

  • benjhutchison says:

    a great teacher hits you with raw honesty. you say,that's it and it changes you forever.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  • Brian Lee Poe says:

    A great teacher is, of course, beyond words
    and a great user of them at the same time. How-
    ever, in attempting to point at the moon--to
    use what I believe is an old zen reference--the
    words that come to mind speak of one who is very
    ordinary, is able to laugh, places great emphasis
    in being and doing in a way that will communicate
    to and arouse a student, and at the same time is
    fully present. If these words I have typed be
    in any way askance, may the joy of the journey be
    continuously manifesting.

    Very Respectfully,
    Brian.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm

  • A. Kent says:

    tireless demonstration of uncompromising, fearless LOVE!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  • Mike Clark says:

    A great teacher: inspires the student to follow their deepest longings, guides them wisely in practice and points them to the beyond......

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  • Bonnie Winter says:

    Our teachers who show us their qualities of joining heaven and earth will show us the way.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  • Dean Hill says:

    Great teachers inspire us to practice through a variety of skillful means. They may simply pique our interest by suggesting the possibility of a life lived and experienced differently. They exhort us to persevere through the confusion and doubt that arise on the path with both words and their enlightened qualities. Ultimately, they will also show us glimpses of the true nature of both ourselves and the entire universe, and show us how we might come back to this true nature again and again and again. There is nothing more inspiring than this!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  • Steve Winn says:

    Your teacher not only guides you on your precise path, but also shows you how to recognize his mind in other teachers.
    Maybe I only see what I need, but hey, what is this - a debate?

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  • Leda Powers says:

    To me a great teacher is one who embodies Padmasambhava's saying: "My view is higher than the sky, but my attention to my actions and their effects is finer than flour."

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm

  • Lillian Concrdia says:

    A great teacher opens the student's mind into sometimes terrifying space using whatever means the present moment offers exposing mind, raw as it is, effortlessly.
    A great teacher is a mountain of space, permeated with and radiating compassion and kindess in every moment, in movement and stillness.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm

  • Leo T Hettich says:

    The teacher is a compassionate human being who can elicit from the student the ability to use one's head and heart in establishing a sense of values whereby that student can consistently progress along a path from ignorance to enlightenment.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm

  • greg corsten says:

    great teachers smile with their hearts

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  • Anni Heldtz says:

    A great teacher is one who awakens our wisdom and joy by showing us that the sky can never be stained by the clouds!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

  • samuel Gates says:

    Possessing a hunger to learn makes a teacher great.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm

  • rtl says:

    a great teacher is extraordinarily kind

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  • Michael says:

    A great teacher shocks and scares the living daylights out of you. And that is a polite way to say it. Sometimes I wish that I had great teachers like the ones that everyone else is describing here, but that isn't how it has been for me so far.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm

  • Sandy Vondrasek Cooch says:

    A recent Ocean of Dharma quote referred to CTR saying that warriors don't let people hang out in their cocoons. They take them out, and place them in a cradle of loving kindness. I imagine a great teacher does just this.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm

  • leo teehankee says:

    A great teacher teaches the conduct of not dwelling inwardly or outwardly, of coming and going freely, and of casting away the grasping mind. Inside there is no body and mind, outside there is no world. But she does not teach that the body, mind and world do not exist. Rather, she teaches of non-attachment: non-attachment to the body, to the mind, and to the world. Then the student learns to dwell in the thought that abides nowhere, to come and go freely, that there is nothing to grasp or reject, no “me” to do any grasping, any rejecting. He sees that from the beginning, not a single thing is.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

  • Lise Breton says:

    A great teacher is moment to moment transmitting knowledge to all sentient beings he encounters.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm

  • Don Conway says:

    A great teacher's transmission is his presence; the great teacher's presence opens possibilities you can't get except through the experience. And the compassion experience opens you but not like you expect. His simplicity shows up your confusion, but his humor makes the confusion simply regretful and no longer incurable.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

  • Ina Weber says:

    A great teacher manifests the qualities of selflessness,openness and availability in the phenomenal world for the benefit of sentient beings.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm

  • Elizabeth King says:

    The quality that most impresses me about the great teachers I have been fortunate to meet is that they need so little themselves in the way of attention, physical comforts and free time. A teacher who commits 24 hours a day to help relieve others' suffering is truly great.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm

  • Matthew Regan says:

    A Great Teacher is a perfect mirror / Reflecting grime and gems / Smiling with encouragement / Frowning with reproach / Tugging at our frayed ends / Whispering sweetly in our ear

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

  • Patrick Moore says:

    A great teacher is patient, compassionate and understanding.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

  • Jacqui Panek says:

    The ability to be a great student

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

  • Anonymous Lee says:

    True anecdote:

    There is a lady in Taiwan who always felt a strong devotion with the Dalai Lama, and harbored a sincere wish to see him if only once. One day, she finds out a friend of hers is attending a Dalai Lama teaching somewhere outside of Taiwan.

    Filled with desire to go, but a little tormented that she can't attend, she thinks "I may not be able to be there, but perhaps my Dharma books can". She asks her friend to bring the books to the teaching.

    At the day of the teaching, the friend notices that the Dalai Lama kept glancing in her direction. Thinking it was just her imagination, she brushed it aside. But to her amazement, at the end of the teaching, the Dalai Lama made his way toward her and asked "do you have some books for me?".

    Realizing exactly what he meant, the friend handed the books over. The Dalai Lama flipped to the front cover, and started to write something in the book. After he was done, he handed the books back to the friend and went his way.

    Back in Taiwan, the friend shared this improbable moment with the lady. They both took out the book to see what it said, and saw a short sentence written in Tibetan.

    In rough translation, this is what it said:

    "I am never separate from you"

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

  • Simon Lafrenière says:

    A great teacher makes your heart happy by being who he/she realy is !

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm

  • Nan Decker says:

    A great teacher lives the dharma. May we all be blessed with such!

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

  • Kenneth Freeman says:

    A great teacher is perceived through the heart of the student. No more. No less.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

  • Stefan M. says:

    A great teacher can touch with his wisdom mind and his presence everybody around him. Can fill them with love and warmth and show them the path to realize and feel that in every moment.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm

  • Niamh Barrett says:

    A great teacher should have curiosity, clarity, wisdom and perhaps an experience of deep personal suffering but most of all he or she should practice kindness towards self and others as a way of life. The teaching becomes a way of practicing kindness. It's this quality that sets a great teacher apart.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

  • Dhyanne Green says:

    They have wisdom not just knowledge.
    They listen not just talk
    They teach by sharing not just telling
    They are compassionate but know when boundaries are needed
    They know when help is needed and when to step back
    A great teacher is with us always - from the first moment a connection is made until our last breath
    We can think of them and it brings a smile to our face, a lightness of being and a great love in our heart which we, in turn, want to pass on to others.

    Posted on June 12, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  • Yeshe Chodron says:

    ...a great teacher remains a great student...

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 12:59 am

  • Leila Mirzakhan says:

    In my opinion, a great teacher is the one who dedicates his/her life to the teachings. The lessons penetrated in his/her life; every movement of his/her life could be a new lesson for the students, even after his / her life. The teachings would stay fresh at any time.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 1:44 am

  • sall sheldrake says:

    A great teacher leads his students to their own awakening, pointing out the way; is a vehicle gently holding his students to the path of openess, clarity and sensitivity when they go astray; a wrathful compassionate generous being whose every breath is breathing the Dharma, whose speech teaches the Dharma, whose every movement is expressing the Dharma, whose mind we may become one with in the greatest of all journeys, whose very life is a living example of that journey we are all participating in on the way to Buddhahood.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 2:05 am

  • debra dougherty says:

    a great teacher accepts all students and all things as they are. she/he gives compassion and wisdom through words,actions and being, expecting nothing in return. thank you.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 2:34 am

  • Liam Lindsay says:

    Your great teacher is the one with whom you have a heart connection that erases all doubt

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 2:43 am

  • Sally Walker says:

    A great (Vajrayana) teacher embodies enlightened mind and reflects the student's mind, thus inspiring the student's confidence and conviction in his/her own Buddha Nature.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 3:02 am

  • Alexander Cameron says:

    A teacher opens the flower of liberation through an awareness of how to nourish a students openess to the sunlight of compassion, the air of emptiness, the courage of water and the wisdom of the Earth.In the end the student radiates goodness into the World. In the end the lotus is guided to enlightened living and the teacher was responsible for the richness that opened the blosum.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 3:45 am

  • Greg Germano says:

    The teachers that I have found most influential are the ones who's words come back to me, even years later, deepening my understanding of what practice, and, ultimately, life, is.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 4:18 am

  • Roy Tuckman says:

    A great teacher has love and passion for the teaching. This is transmitted as enthusiasm in the student.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:05 am

  • kai schoormann says:

    a great teacher draws his inspiration from the true nature of awareness and connects his students to it.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:17 am

  • Ziska Riemann says:

    A great teachers nature is beyond birth, old age, sickness and death.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:40 am

  • Tatiana Tchernoussoff says:

    undeniable compassion

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:58 am

  • Paivikki Lepisto says:

    A great teacher listens to the audience and adjusts the way he teaches according to the audience's needs.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:58 am

  • Wendy Hiltz says:

    A great teacher mirrors the jewel within the student, gifts a glimpse of who they really are; stirs, awakens, confirms that knowledge within them.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 6:09 am

  • Susie Anstey says:

    A great teacher is a being who through wise and compassionate activity, shows the student his or her own mind; this enables learning to unfold.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:02 am

  • Bill Barstad says:

    A great teacher breaks your heart and tells you the truth.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

  • Val Vontourne says:

    To me, a great teacher is one who inspires all, students and nonstudents alike, through their words and actions.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:15 am

  • Kathleen says:

    A great teacher is willing to suspend their expectations and allow themselves to listen and observe their student to discover the student's knowledge of the world. That intersection is the launching point from which the teacher can illuminate the individual student's path. Every student is unique and in a state of change. That intersection for the teacher is a constantly moving meeting place. So, too, the teacher lives their values and their life is an example of that choice for their students. There always seems to be a depth in the eyes of a great teacher that lets the student know there is so much more to learn. Love, energy, humility, nimbleness, wisdom, generosity, compassion – so many qualities in a great teacher.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:22 am

  • Marcelo Prado says:

    A great teacher has ultimate bodhicitta.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:29 am

  • Diane di Prima says:

    A great teacher is like the sky. Omnipresent, always present in the student's mind. Or like the ground--an unquestioned and unquestioning support. S/he is kind, and fierce; not afraid to contradict himself--giving instruction to each student in the moment, and for that particular moment and situation. Instruction that is always clear and always confusing. A great teacher's words return again and again, long after s/he is gone, and in each time her words are remembered, they reveal another layer of possibility. A great teacher never abandons the student, but pulls the rug out from under her, again and again. I suppose this presupposes trust on the part of the student--trust that often comes after long questioning.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:51 am

  • anonymous says:

    A great teacher knows how to get out of the way so that whatever needs to be communicated in any situation will be.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:55 am

  • Sarah Farash says:

    A great teacher exemplifies and awakens the student's primordial intelligence...a sense of curiosity and longing for practice and study, grounded in basic goodness.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

  • Michael R. Marantz says:

    A great teacher is one who makes sense to you. When he speaks, your mind and heart say "Yes, this is what I have been longing to hear." Then it occurs to you that you are likely to spend the rest of your life as his student. When you experience doubts and confusion, you turn to your teacher. His teaching and your learning never ends. Your life and his are entwined by karma.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

  • Willa Lombardi says:

    A great teacher adapts his teaching to every level of student. He/She helps people understand how all the different paths, spiritual traditions, and all the many varieties of types of meditation are all one inter-related whole. He/She guides each student to try out different methods until he/she finds what works for him/her. He/She also encourages students to respect the traditions and lineages of all teachers, even the ones that aren't particularly useful to him/her in his/her own practice.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

  • Christophe P. says:

    A great teacher has infinite love and infinite patience.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

  • Margo says:

    A Great Teacher "shines the light on the Path and not in the eyes." Great Teachers give us Great Teachings, calling forth our Confidence to meet whatever circumstances life brings with compassion, wisdom, warmth and humor....moment to moment ruling our world.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 9:49 am

  • Scott Shafsky says:

    Kind and fearless open presence... and humor.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

  • edward j walsh says:

    A great teacher is deeply compassionate and one who has struggled mightly. This teacher must be thoughly trained in the Dharma and have great patience and enthusiasm in transmitting it for the benefit of all human beings.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

  • Martyn Dunne says:

    Some people seem to be born with a restless desire to search for a truth. Experience of life modifies this but I think it is inate and never goes away competely.. Perhaps a great teacher is someone who has given themselves wholeheartedly to this search and is still in the process of searching, an aspect of which is expressing their experience of life through communicating with others. I think this probably holds true wether or not I personally view their expression of truth as valid from my level of experience.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

  • Gregg Winston says:

    A great teacher is one who most fully embodies the truth that he/she teaches, and points the way through every action, and through just being.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

  • Kathy Emery says:

    Ruthless Compassion....

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm

  • Julie says:

    A good teacher:
    Empowers
    Encourages
    Listens
    Shares knowledge and experiences
    Doesn't get bored or boring after saying the same thing hundreds of times
    Responds intuitively and spontaneously to the person/s, the moment and the situation

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  • Stephen Ho Teong Hock says:

    A great teacher teaches what he has realised, with words that are most appropriate.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

  • Karma Dorje Chosang says:

    A great teacher couldn't care less about anyones "comfort"or "individual needs." A great teacher is one with great students who quickly develp great fearless devotion.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

  • Frank Henry says:

    the abillity to bring about in the student the same changes that have occurred in him/her.at the optimum level to be a pure reflection of natural mind, reflecting to each student exactly what is needed at that moment.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

  • Kerry says:

    Well, genuine bodhicitta of course, you know the more enlightened they are the better, a genuine compassion based on directly experiencing the truth and the reality of the interdependence of the minds and bodies of all living beings.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  • Fidelis Warren says:

    I believe there are but three key ingredients in the making of a great teacher. Honesty, compassion and patience.

    Blessings to you for maintaining this blog~~~Peace~~~

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm

  • rose mcgowan says:

    A great teacher gets you comfortable then pulls the rug out from under you.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm

  • Ariel Broido says:

    An authentic Dharma teacher holds an authentic lineage and is endowed with great compassion. They must also have some degree of realization.
    A great teacher has great realization. There are still some great teachers in the world at this time. They bring to mind the words from Bodhicaryavatara:
    Ordinary beings think only of their own benefit,
    Buddhas are concerned only with other's benefit,
    Just look at the difference between them!

    It is unbearably sad that most of the people in the world do not even imagine that such beings exist or that such wisdom and compassion are possible. By the power of the Buddha Nature inherent in all beings may humanity manage to survive on this planet, may authentic Dharma free of commercialization and materialism remain available, and may awakened teachers continue to manifest among us in this world which has suffered so much.

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  • Gordon Rappole says:

    Teaching us not to fear emptiness but appreciate it's luminosity & energy, that was his great gift to the Sangha of the Shambhala community,

    Posted on June 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  • sigridur eythorsdottir says:

    When the heart of the teaching is communicating intimitly as one where the sense of sepperation is no-where,there is resting, deep and profound nourishing born off no-thing.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:21 am

  • Mariah Freemole says:

    I think a great teacher is someone who cares deeply about herself and the world and wants for all beings what she wants for herself.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:54 am

  • Will Brown says:

    A great teacher seeks to receive the dharma in order to pass it on.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 4:53 am

  • Fernando says:

    Great teacher is someone who carries the heaviest burden and takes joy in the task.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 5:04 am

  • veronique says:

    A great teacher is inspiring you to follow in his or her footsteps by simply being. Such teacher's special energy haunts your day and night, illuminating your thoughts and actions moment after moment, cooling down the heat of passion and connecting your awareness to its countless ramifications around you. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was such master, his enlightened energy touching and opening your heart, his voice penetrating your cells and purifying them, even remotely by watching him walk, talk or moving his graceful hands on a TV screen.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 5:52 am

  • Deborah says:

    My greatest teachers have all shared a deep knowledge of their subject, meaning they can answer any questions paired with a beautiful understanding of how difficult it can be sometimes to be a student; always teaching with a love of their subject and for their students.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 6:32 am

  • Grace says:

    A great teacher somehow relates the dharma on many levels simaltaneously, so that the newest and most advanced hearers gain new insight or infomation; and in her being,
    exemplifies the teachings. And somehow remains cheerful with a sense of humor. The great teacher with whom one has
    a heart or karmic connection will speak to one from the
    written page or photograph, or even hearing the teacher's name. I don't know how it works, but it happened to me
    two times and it has been bourne out to be true.
    And sometimes the students of a great teacher manage to be
    come obviously kinder...but sometime this takes a while....

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 6:41 am

  • Kathleen Wallace says:

    I think a good teacher has first learned the lessons s/he teaches about in their own life experience.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

  • Nancy Gillis says:

    A great teacher has more confidence in his/her students than they have in themselves.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 7:40 am

  • Dr. Sandra Masters says:

    A true teacher is one who loves God with their own heart, mind, Soul and Being. One who desires to live every moment in God-Consciousness, the Kingdom of God, and there to learn God's realities and to share these truths with all.

    A teacher is one who is God and Self-aware and has a burning desire and love to share all that they KNOW (within themselves) with all others, to make their lives as glorious as it can be, in union with the Divine.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 8:22 am

  • Bel says:

    A Great Guru with profound wisdom will always give heart advice to the disciples, according to their current level, mode of acceptance & practice method. He is like a experienced captain, showing the direction to the students, with tender loving & care. Knowing what's their strength & weakness. Always react with unconditional love, forgiveness of their past wrongdoings, supportive & appreciative of their good motivation. An advice go straight to the heart whenever he thinks it's appropriate & useful in their dharma practices. He does everything for the benefits of all sentient beings.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

  • Bob Vogler says:

    Compassion that shines like the sun!

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

  • Kathryn Larsen says:

    Great teachers utilize their life experience in their teaching, so much more interesting!

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 11:39 am

  • Kaaren Fladager says:

    A great teacher loves life.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 11:41 am

  • Jigme Eaton says:

    A great teacher introduces you to the nature of mind.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

  • Glenda Gill says:

    A great teacher is a living Buddha who sees you as a living Buddha as well.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  • ellen says:

    a great teacher will teach you to teach yourself. a great teacher transmits what helps: what helps them, you, us.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm

  • Anne McGInn says:

    A great teacher has patience to let the seed of his knowledge and teachings germinate in his student and smiles with delight when the seed ripens to full blossom

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm

  • Andre says:

    A great teacher leads you down your own path to a moment of discovery.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm

  • George Cleveland says:

    A great teacher is one who does not initially appear to be a great teacher.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm

  • Germaine says:

    A great teacher is one who listens more than they speak. They show the way by what they do more than what they say.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm

  • Campbell says:

    A great teacher makes you want to know more of the world.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

  • Fred says:

    A great teacher can even help the dumb and thick headed like me!!!

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  • Jerry says:

    A great teacher is one who kindles a genuine interest, a genuine fire.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

  • Chris Keyser says:

    Compassion that shines with equanimity like moonlight in a million bowels of water, dispelling the temporary clouds of confusion; empowering and instilling in students fearless confidence in their own buddha nature.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

  • Sandra Lam says:

    A Great Teacher is one with boundless love and compassion for his fellow sentient beings and his teachings transcend time and space. He is one who is passionate about what he teaches and excels in it. Through his words and deeds, he leads his students out of confusion and leaves a lasting effect on the lives of his students. He mirrors both the shortcomings and goodness within the student, and each according to individual capactity and aptitude, imbibes what he can and reaches the level that he strives for. With bodhicitta, no student is turned away although some may have a closer karmic connection than others. To have come across a Great Teacher, albeit through his teachings, is the greatest boon in life.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

  • David says:

    Myself

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm

  • Robin Bishop says:

    A great teacher can be anyone who or anything that helps you wake up to the true nature of reality. Usually this involves the heart, not just the mind, and that is where a human who has gone before you can be your own great teacher.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

  • Tashi James says:

    Hi everyone,

    One of the first quotes I ever read regarding dharma was from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche...Like clouds of impermanence and illusion dances the lightning of life. Can you say you wont die tomorrow? Practice the Dharma!

    Therefore, i think a really great teacher is one who inspires and cuts through to the truth. Like a doctor, the teacher should be wise and compassionate with the courage to cut through ones self-clinging. Though it might be painful to accept, they should be like the doctor who gives a vaccination knowing that it will be painful yet of ultimate benefit to the patient.

    Much love and warmest regards,
    Tashi

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 6:18 pm

  • Rosemary says:

    A great teacher is one who is able to give you insight into who you are and how your life is an inner reflection. They have understanding and compassion that everyone is on their own evolutionary path and help you to be open to your growth, no matter what shape or form it is shown to you. One who touches your soul.

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

  • huw says:

    A truly great teacher will cut you to pieces, will tear up every single last strand of belief and concept in the separate self, so all thats left are the burning ashes of awareness, shimmering in the luminious vast expanse of primordial awareness. All concepts of enlightenment and awareness are seen and cut through, all ideas of so called spirituality, all notions of lineages and traditions are surpassed to truly see once and for always that the teacher is not outside but everything is a myriad reflection of the supreme source, an aspect, flavour and taste of emptiness...a true teacher will show that enlightenment is not about being a better person, successfull or even happier, its just a funeral pyre of beliefs.......

    Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  • Sarah Susanka says:

    Although I see I've missed the deadline for describing what a great teacher is, your post inspired me to write a post of my own about what a Teacher really is--a post that I've been meaning to write for more than a year. It's the top post on the Not So Big Life website.

    And I really look forward to reading The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse. I have always felt deeply connected to him for some reason, though I haven't studied his words as yet. Perhaps now is the time. With deepest gratitude. Sarah

    Posted on June 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

  • Robert Birkenes says:

    A great teacher knows the student well, and chooses the right way to communicate so that the message is understood and effective.

    Posted on June 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

  • Stephanie Jadotte says:

    Behind a great student is a great teacher.

    Posted on June 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm

  • Dean Pielstick says:

    A great teacher abides softly in immeasurable, unconditional lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity and deeply in pure, nonconceptual awareness of the ineffable, oneness, openness, and spontaneous radiant display for the benefit of all ... always and all ways. OM AH HUNG HRI DRUM

    Posted on June 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm

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