The User's Guide to Spiritual Teachers

A wise and practical quickstart guide for anyone who wants—or already has—a spiritual teacher. 



182 pages, 4.5 x 6.5 inches


ISBN 9780861716104

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ISBN 9781614294184

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“This concise handbook belongs in the hands of every new spiritual seeker. The author clearly outlines the joys and pitfalls of establishing a student-teacher relationship and clarifies numerous questions that beginners have as they enter this new terrain. There’s a quality of respect for our spiritual longing, and a sensitive guide to finding our way. This is an indispensable companion for anyone on the spiritual path.”—Pat Enkyo O’Hara, abbot of Village Zendo

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 14:38 -- Kestrel Slocombe

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.