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Unformatted text preview: should jump right into studying intensely without wasting a second (97). This demonstrates the importance of a teacher who the follower can connect with, and emphasizes the ripple effect these teachers have on the lives and enlightenment of their students. The book stresses that there is no difference between male and female teachers, and once truth is realized, no reality of gender exists. This goes along with what my preconceived notions of Buddhism were before I took this class: Buddhism provides a rhyme and reason for equality, and it is spread through the teachings of the wise to those followers who then become the wise. Zen Buddhisms emphasis on teachers shows that it recognizes the tradition of the religion and the dharma while getting rid of the ridiculous Mahayana requirements. In my opinion, when Zen Buddhism was established, they finally got it right....
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- Fall '08