The foundation of the path to enlightenment is the realization of guru devotion—seeing the guru as a buddha. On the basis of this, one makes offerings, offers service, and most importantly, requests advice and follows it. There is no quicker path to enlightenment than this.

In Living in the Path module “Guru Is Buddha,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives instructions for how to generate this realization and how to take advantage of the guru-disciple relationship for maximum benefit.

And in this short video, Ven. René Feusi provides a brief presentation of the importance of finding and following the advice of a qualified guru in order to achieve the spiritual realizations that lead to full enlightenment. 

Watch “Guru Is Buddha: An Introduction to Guru Devotion” on YouTube:

A more detailed explanation of this topic can be found in the Living in the Path module “Guru is Buddha.”

All of the modules of the Living in the Path program are available on the FPMT Online Center. This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings. As the teachings often assume familiarity with the lamrim, participants are recommended to have previously received teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Ven. René Feusi attended the one-month lamrim November course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal at the age of twenty and ordained six years later. From 1988-1992, he lived at Nalanda Monastery in France where he studied with Khensur Jampa Tegchok and also completed the nine traditional preliminary practices. From 1993 to 1995 he did a two-and-a-half year solitary retreat in Spain. He was resident teacher of Vajrapani Institute in California from 2002-2008. Ven. René is an FPMT registered teacher.

Living in the Path is an FPMT education program.