The goal of enlightenment is to be immersed in
the message of the Dharma, to take refuge in the teachings rather than depend on a teacher. The authentic self needs to be
an autonomous self with many influences shaping it.
-- Margaret Petersson
Attainment without a teacher occurs when one takes
refuge in the Dharma itself rather than relying on another karma-bound being for one’s own awakening but while still
allowing us to receive guidance and direction from experienced teachers.
-- Diane Lux