MalaBeads wrote: They rely on the perception of other students for their interpretations of the teachers words and behavior, of their interpretations of other students.
There is the intellectual understanding, which is important, it is the compass to know what we are looking for. And then there is the awareness knowing itself, here no compass is, since there is no "looking for something". From there guiding teachings are in my simple understanding.
In case of Wisdom-Compassion; master-student it is like football. ( bad example but I cannot find another) There is no football in which there are fellows taking the ball from one pair of feet and are bringing it to another pair of feet. Like that I see the intellectualizing in between. Then awareness seems to turn sleeping, forgetting itself and distraction is fully awaken.
That is like neglecting the healing finger pointing, classify it merely by importance to know or philosophy and continue smoothly distraction. Of course this is my experience only.
In this way, I understand your words. Then we can inspire eachother a lot, sharing compasses when we can, offer informations and so on. Others are the means for own recognition of suchness.
"Despite the fact that we are a ceaselessly transforming stream, interdependent with other beings and the whole world, we imagine that there exists in us an unchanging entity that characterizes us and that we must protect and please. A thorough analysis of this reveals that it is only a fictitious mental construct".
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.