Actually , some how , one way or another we need certain kind of teacher , not necessarily Straight to Nibbana . If we attend to dhamma classes and talks and workshops or courses , all those things need certain kind of teacher and guidance .DooDoot wrote: ↑Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:52 amThe Buddha said the suttas will be the teacher when he is gone. Sorry but I can't walk or talk different to what the Buddha said. Nibbana is the cessation of craving. The path is upholding morality (with wisdom) & abandoning craving. This is the whole path, according to the suttas, which also say abandoning or giving up craving is even the method to develop samadhi (SN 48.10).
I didn't mention the above. I referred to the suttas as the teacher.
Meditations certainly need a good adept teacher , that's for sure .
Even , as a bhikkhu(ni) , you need to learn Dhamma and Vinaya from your preceptor .
The first five bhikkhu needs the Buddha to expound the four noble truth to them without which they could not have attained liberation what more are we in this age of degeneration .
To find anyone that able to attain nibbana in this age , my guess the chances are really slim .
Perhaps , no .
I believe most of the members here are actually very well versed in the dhamma and some even vinaya , especially those well educated , and I supposed have certain degree of jhana , but then to attain even first fruition is something very rare .
It seems that prior to attain sotapanna , one has to be able to comprehend the whole nidana links .
However , many still could not understand what is namarupa for certain .