When establishing an awareness practice one can attempt this without a teacher. However, this often leads a person to a dead end or to what Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche calls a Spiritual Supermarket. Sokuzan discusses further in regards as to when you may need a teacher.
Fear manifests in a lot of different ways. It shows sometimes with another persona and we tend to go to extremes over this. So, what fuels fear? Presumption is explained further.
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Forms will either release or confine you. A metaphor for this is like a glass holding water. Without a solid form water cannot be held. The glass then either confines the water at the bottom or is released when drinking.
We use belief and disbelief all day long. All evidence it partial and we do not have enough to take a position on anything. Throwing the evidence out is disbelief but that doesn’t mean we should grasp or cling to it because that is belief. Both are equally harming.
Karuna is Sankrit for compassion. While we often like to be a person that is compassionate we add that as part of our ego. Compassionate people feel along with the person suffering and are unaware of the emotion. Sokuzan expands further on the topic through questions from the Sangha.