The Guru Disciple Relationship in Vajrayana Tradition: A Sacred Path to Enlightenment
The guru-disciple relationship holds profound significance within Buddhism, encompassing a unique bond of spiritual guidance and transformative learning. Rooted in the teachings of the Buddha, this relationship serves as a vital conduit for transmitting wisdom, fostering personal growth, and nurturing the path to enlightenment. This paper explores the importance of the relationship between the Guru and disciples in the Vajrayana tradition. These research findings indicate that Guru is the guide and the initiator or an ignitor for the disciples guided by compassion and wisdom, serving as a spiritual mentor, providing instruction, guidance, and personal example. Further, research reflects that in the Vajrayana tradition, Guru initiates the disciples by giving oral commitments before certain following practices to lead all other beings to the path towards enlightenment. it examines the emergence of the guru as a revered spiritual teacher, possessing deep insight and direct experiential knowledge of the Dharma. By researching the importance of the Guru and disciples’ relationship in the Vajrayana tradition, without the qualified masters, with the uninterrupted transmission of Vajrayana teaching and blessings, the disciples cannot freely initiate the Vajra Dharma practices. Vajrayana tradition transmission occurs through the continuous lineage of the Guru. Thus, to attain the ultimate stage of realization in Vajrayana practice, this research reflects that one should rely on the Guru to empower the transmission of profound spiritual teachings and Vajra practices.