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Mentor & Disciple

Disciples understand the greatness of the mentor only to the extent that they themselves grow.

I think that young people should have good seniors and conscientious teachers in whatever endeavor they pursue. This invisible human-to-human bond can be defined as the mentor-disciple or teacher-student relationship.

One who refuses to seek the advice of others will eventually go astray. A mentor helps you to perceive your own weaknesses and confront them with courage. The bond between mentor and protege enables us to stay true to our chosen path until the very end.

The enlightenment and happiness of both self and others: a true mentor in Buddhism is one who enables us to remember this aspiration. A true disciple, meanwhile, is one who follows the mentor’s teaching, who recalls that this most profound aspiration is in fact their own, and who, convinced from the bottom of their heart that this is indeed so, launches into action in accord with the mentor’s words.

Without a mentor in life, one can easily succumb to folly. Without a mentor in life, one can easily become self-centered, capricious and arrogant.

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