Do you need a meditation teacher? Should you join a meditation group/center? This is a very common question for people learning meditation, and one for which there is no easy answer. Yet the number of meditation teachers out there is increasing, and it's important you know who can better serve you, and also be able to separate the genuine from the phony.

Let's take a look at what's involved.

The traditional role of a meditation teacher

Traditionally speaking, meditation was not taught as a standalone technique, but as a spiritual practice inside the context of a tradition (Buddhism, Yoga, Daoism, etc.). The meditation teacher's role was not only to impart the technique, but also to teach the principles, ethics, the worldview and way of life of that tradition. In other words, to help the student live that wisdom tradition. People usually wouldn't learn meditation or spiritual philosophy from books. ...[Continue reading on Live and Dare]