Buddha Is as Buddha Does explores the ten paramitas as the “Bodhisattva Code” for enlightened living. The ten paramitas—or as Surya likes to call them, the “ten transformative practices”—are as follows: generosity, ethics, patience, heroic effort, mindfulness, wisdom, skillful means, spiritual aspirations, higher accomplishments, and awakened awareness (these can also be looked at in terms of multiple intelligences or developmental lines).
Tami Simon shares her experiences of being painfully disappointed by various spiritual teachers, as well as her own personal methods of working with this disappointment. What do we do when our spiritual guides don't quite measure up to our own expectations of them? Can recognizing their limitations actually help free the wisdom the have to offer us?
Source (incl. comments): http://integrallife.com/node/2030
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn