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About the transmission of texts

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Tashi Delek!


I know that a mantra has to be orally transmitted (Lung) to be functional.

But I heard that it is the same with Texts - that a person can't fully understand a Text just by reading it, studying it etc., but that an oral explanation is necessary from a qualified Teacher who himself received the explanation from his qualified Teacher etc.

So can I ask for a little explanation about this? Is this true, and if yes, is it valid only for Sutras, or also for Texts from Masters like Atisha, Shantideva ... ?


Thank you in advance. :)

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