A wise and practical quickstart guide for anyone who wants—or already has—a spiritual teacher.
The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers is a necessary book for anyone who has, or wants to have, a spiritual teacher—regardless of faith or tradition. This book addresses concerns that many of us have on the spiritual path, including how to find a spiritual teacher, how to manage expectations about what they can do, and what to do when you realize you’re in a dangerous relationship with one. Spiritual teachers of all traditions will themselves find this book incredibly useful as they reflect on how they benefit their students or may be overstepping their boundaries and actually creating harm. This is your place to look for information, inspiration, sanity, and words of caution.
|Publisher:||Wisdom Publications MA|
|Product dimensions:||4.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Scott Edelstein is the author of the highly acclaimed Sex and the Spiritual Teacher: Why It Happens, When It’s a Problem, and What We All Can Do (Wisdom Publications, 2011), as well as 15 other books on a wide range of subjects. He is a longtime practitioner of both Buddhism and Judaism, and a committed proponent of serious spirituality in all forms and traditions. He lives in Minneapolis.
Table of Contents
How This Book Can Help ix
1 Basic Wisdom 1
2 Expectations, Assumptions, and Misconceptions 27
3 Relating to Your Teacher 47
4 Red Flags and Warning Signs 65
5 The Off-Duty Spiritual Teacher 83
6 Some FAQs 89
7 Life Balance 107
8 Spiritual Community 111
9 Opening to Life 123
10 Saying Goodbye 133
Appendix: When You're the New Kid at the Spiritual Center 145