​HOW DO WE RECOGNIZE A TRUE DHARMA TEACHER? 

How do we get the real deal regarding the Buddha’s teaching? How do we get a true taste of the Dharma? When do we know that a teacher is speaking authentically of the Dharma?

The rule of thumb is to ask whether he is promoting himself or presenting the Dharma.

A cult guru is one who himself moves us; an authen­tic Dharma teacher moves us with the Dharma.

In the Anguttara Nikaya, the Buddha said:

“Monks, these four qualities are according to the true Dhamma. What four? Regard for the true Dhamma, not for wrath; regard for the true Dhamma, not for hypocrisy; regard for the true Dhamma, not for gain; regard for the true Dhamma, not for honors.”

Khen HM

(Partially edited from original text by Piya Tan)

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