All knowledge and work in the world, even such common practices as having meals and wearing clothes, are learned from the instructions of parents or teachers, not to mention Buddha Dharma. Nowadays, many people practice Buddhism without relying on teachers. They make schedules and plans for practice according to personal preferences, but it is unwise and absurd for them to practice in this way. It can hardly benefit the practice but conversely may cause many obstacles.
Some practitioners choose to become disciples of a teacher but fail to realize the preciousness and importance of wise teachers. They often doubt if the teacher is the right one, for they always want to find a teacher who is more suitable. In fact, how could we know whether a teacher is suitable for us or not? We often indulge in delusion. It is difficult to meet a good teacher, and it is wrong to even imagine one. We need to wish, treasure, create, and even cultivate a good connection to a suitable teacher. Meeting a teacher once and living with a teacher for two decades are determined by different karma. The point is whether we have the karmic conditions to live together, whether we treasure the connection, and whether we can live together longer. Many miraculous karmic conditions underlie the connection, which cannot be changed by our own wishful thinking. The connection between teachers and disciples is like running water — once missing, never to return. We should cherish it with care.