The Student-Teacher Relationship

In this collection, you will find many wonderful and juicy teachings that openly explore the student-teacher relationship. These teachings are from great masters and teachers who have also been students and sometimes struggled with this topic themselves!

Many people who were fortunate enough to receive some of these teachings in person or read them when they were published have found them to be very helpful, but many of us did not have that opportunity, so we have tried to gather them here so the whole sangha can benefit from them.

Written Materials

In the guidelines, you will find links to fantastic articles by great masters and teachers including Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, Pema Chödron, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche & Sogyal Rinpoche.

Audio & Video Teachings

Online Video
Video 01

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on devotion

Lerab Ling, 2 September 2011

Video 02

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Lerab Ling, 10 September 2011

Video 03

Pema Chödrön on "Troublemakers"

Omega Institute

Video 04

Patrick Gaffney on devotion & the student-teacher relationship.

Berlin, 3 January 2012

Video 05, 06 & 07

Elisabeth Mattis Namgyal: Understanding the Student Teacher Relationship

Lerab Ling, 9 May 2009

Video 08

Mingyur Rinpoche on devotion

Delhi, 21 May 2011

Video 09

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, on "The Teacher"

Sadhana Mahamudra Seminar, November 1975, Boulder, Colorado

Video 10

A story from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche on how to see the teacher.

Seth Dye, Paris, 7 October 2018