"How Can a Buddha Have Faults?"

Jamgon Kongtrul


Jamgon Kongtrul, The Torch of Certainty, transl. Judith Hanson (Boulder, Colo.: Shambhala Publications, 1977), p. 130. A representation of the Tibetan Vajrayana (or Tantric) path.

Jamgon Kongtrul How can a Buddha have faults? Whatever he does, let him do it! Even if you see your guru having sexual relations, telling lies and so on, calmly meditate as follows:

"These are my guru's unsurpassed skillful methods of training disciples. Through these methods he has brought many sentient beings to spiritual maturity and liberation. This is a hundred, a thousand times more wonderful than preserving a pure moral code! This is not deception or hypocrisy but the highest mode of conduct!"

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