Interesting that this thread seems to have plateaued at only seven (7) responses.
Clarence, is your "other" Lama Adzom Paylo Rinpoche?
Ngodrup, is your Teacher Bhakha Tulku by any chance?
In any case, I'm wondering if the lack of interest in this thread is because this forum is so heavily represented by students of ChNNR.
The reason I posted this thread to begin with is because I have mixed feelings about how many people are studying Vajrayana these days. Lamas come to the U.S. (for instance) maybe once a year or even less. During those visits, there may be public "retreats" and teachings, but often the rank and file do not get to have face time with the Teacher. So there is not the give and take of a close, personal relationship, the kind of relationship Yeshe Tshogyal had with Guru Rinpoche, Naropa had with Tilopa, Milarepa had with Marpa, etc. It used to be that really serious students would live with their Gurus for years or even decades. Even in the U.S., back in the day, many, many students, (maybe even most) had long-term, on-going, f2f relationships with our Teachers. We saw our Teachers on an almost daily basis and interacted with them in all of life's activities. This was typically not easy if both the Teacher and the student were really serious about practicing the Dharma, but it was incredibly powerful. After some time, the student realizes the inner and even secret levels of the Teacher and such face time becomes, at least in my experience, less. Nevertheless, I always choose studying with a Teacher I can have a personal, f2f relationship with if possible. Perhaps I'm dense enough I need that constant kick in the pants.
In any case, I'd like to hear how younger students in the Dharma feel they are doing with the kinds of long-distance relationships so many seem to have with Tibetan Lamas these days. As the Tibetan saying goes, "The student needs to be close enough to the Lama to feel the heat, yet not so close as to get burnt."