However, this greater accessibility also carries with it a considerable risk. Someone may study and practice up to a point, but may assume prematurely that he or she has sufficient understanding to reinterpret traditional teachings.

Since interpretations based on less than complete understanding tend to accord with one’s culturally conditioned views and personal ways of thinking, the real meaning of the Dharma can easily be lost, buried in a heap of explanations and reformulations that `fit’ better with the views of the audience. This risk is particularly pronounced for those who have a personal or professional stake in presenting the Dharma; for instance, for someone who likes the idea of becoming `the teacher’, `the master,’ or `the professor.’

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mind over Matter

 

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