Ayu wrote:I see my teacher twice a week in meditation.
In reality he is very buzy. There I meet him for an interview every two years. Many people never spoke to him personally... Some often meet him to ask wordly questions like "Should I leave my job because it makes me sick?" and such things. I count up in my mind: if everybody would ask him such questions he would be 10 times more buzy than he is now...
So my ambition is to get by without such questions.
I think your desire to have frequent direct contact with a Teacher is both a healthy and intelligent one. I feel very skeptical about the way Vajrayana Buddhism is currently being taught to and practiced by most Western practitioners. IME, regular, as in weekly or biweekly, interviews with the Teacher are extremely important for answering practice-realted questions, getting feedback about one's meditation, whittling down one's ego, and making sure the student keeps moving forward (by both carrot and stick). Again IME, the more face-time you have with the Teacher, the better as long as one is able to maintain their samaya/pure perception. (Of course, no easy feat when one is with the Teacher closely and frequently.) Personally, I see far too many practitioners stuck in a rut for years and years, even decades, due to not be under the direct guidance of a Teacher. So, if you can find a situation where you can have frequent direct access to the Teacher, that's a great thing. It may not always be comfortable or easy, but it is the surest way to catalyze real progress on the path.
Just my experience and on-going concern.
Also, if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen.
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