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LittleDragon

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Posted - Jul 20 2006 :  12:10:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit LittleDragon's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Message

Qualities of a Dharma teacher
The Buddha speaks with the Venerable Ananda:

"It's not easy to teach the Dharma to others. The Dharma should be taught to others only when five qualities are established within the person teaching. Which five?

"[1] The Dharma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak step-by-step.'

"[2] The Dharma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak explaining the sequence [of cause & effect].'

" The Dharma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak out of compassion.'

"[4] The Dharma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak not for the purpose of material reward.'

"[5] The Dharma should be taught with the thought, 'I will speak without disparaging myself or others.'

"It's not easy to teach the Dharma to others, Ananda. The Dharma should be taught to others only when these five qualities are established within the person teaching."


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