Buddhist Philosophy 1.2.3
The ten characteristics of a qualified teacher of Buddhism
- They should be a person who "controls themselves well," meaning they practice the extraordinary training of an ethical way of life very well.
- They should be a person who is "at peace," meaning they have achieved a high degree of the extraordinary training of meditative concentration.
- They should be a person who has "high peace," meaning they practice the extraordinary training of wisdom to a high degree.
- They should have "spiritual qualities which exceed" those of their student, so that they can help them.
- They should be willing to make "great efforts," or take great joy in helping their students.
- They should be "rich in scripture," or have a deep knowledge of the sacred books.
- They should have a "deep realization of suchness," meaning they should either have perceived emptiness directly, or at least have an excellent scriptural and intellectual understanding of it.
- They should be a "master instructor," meaning they know their student's capacity well, and fit the amount and order of spiritual information to this capacity. This also includes some method for determining the cognitive and emotional capacities of their students.
- They should be the "image of love," teaching the Dharma out of love for students, and not for any worldly motives.
- They should be "beyond becoming discouraged," never tiring of repeating teachings if necessary to the student.