A koan, in its most simple and profound aspect, is an exploration of paired opposites. The fact that a koan appears simple and yet is not so simple is paradox. How can it be both? When it comes to the koan of “seeing” whether a particular teacher or guru is right for us, how can we see deeper than just with our eyes to the very heart of the matter?
Seeing Through the Guru does not take the teacher/guru at face value because of a title. We want to “see through” in order to determine if the teacher/guru is fulfilling their role in pointing to the truth of the matter related to our journey and us.
Yes, I am implying that because one has the label of “guru,” it doesn’t automatically signal that the service he or she offers is true, trustworthy, and pure of heart. This assumption has caused grief for many. I believe that’s an easy proposition to agree with.