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What is Buddhist ‘training’? I have written on the dangers of misunderstanding this term before. Here I would like to try to say a little more, since this is an important issue for all of us and especially for those who have made a full time commitment to the Dharma life.

Essentially ‘training’ refers to the transformation that goes on in one through the medium of the relationship that one has with a Dharma teacher. It is the relationship that provides the motive and power. The term ‘training’ seems to imply a series of exercises designed to cultivate a specific talent. Some of that certainly goes on – the teacher wants to see the disciple progress – but technique is not the core of the matter.

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