For 2,500 years Buddhists
have considered with awe the achievement of Siddhartha Gautama
. What induces such tremendous respect in them is not just that he gained Enlightenment
, but that he did so without a teacher. Contemplating the difficulties that the Buddha
had to overcome has given Buddhism
a very great appreciation of the value of a spiritual teacher.
As Buddhism developed, and the three yanas unfolded, the role and significance of the spiritual teacher changed. .