Another great podcast by Karma Yeshe Rabgye:
Certain Buddhist schools seem particularly vulnerable to a kind of abuse by gurus or teachers who exert unnecessary control over their disciples, but this kind of unhealthy relationship can happen in any Buddhist temple or community.
There are examples of teachers who have abused their students, and it’s interesting to see how some students will still defend their teacher, even make excuses for the abuse, simply because the teachings they offer are so great. I believe though this is what Karma Yeshe Rabgye means by leaning on a teacher, rather than learning from them. You want the teaching so badly you’re willing to put up with all kinds of abuse, but as Karma Yeshe Rabgye says, this is just another form of attachment.
Anyhow, something to really think about.
Buddhist teachers in the West are so few and far between, and there’s not always enough oversight on them, leaving room for people to get taken in by charismastic teachers. However, with the right mindset one can avoid some pitfalls, and thereby avoid a lot unnecessary grief.