During the this week-long teaching retreat which was held in Guadalajara, Mexico, Geshe Michael Roach lead us through the section of this great text about the importance of having a teacher to guide you along the spiritual path
Four centuries ago there was a Tibetan master named the First Panchen Lama. He learned the traps that can ruin our meditation, and he learned how to beat these traps. He described all this in a book called The Devil Debates an Angel, a very funny and profound argument between the Devil and an Angel, inside of one's person's mind.
We want peace in our life, and we want our life to count. We are not here for long. A big part of having a happy life, and a life which is meaningful, is to find a true Master who can guide us as we travel through life.
Here's how disagreements go: Somebody else says they want to do something one way, and we gently suggest that we might want to do it another way. Then their opinion begins to harden, like cement—and our disagreement with them gets more concrete too. In the end, we reach a point where it feels like we’re completely, solidly stuck. It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s a certain kind of meditation that we can do, for a few minutes, which literally melts disagreements away.