Atisha explicitly stated not to concern oneself with others
What, throw the bodhicitta out with the bathwater? Where is practice then?
hmmmmnnn.... is this the missing puzzle piece? did i get it right?
I don't see how the statements contradict. I think Atisha was talking about comparing your progress to others. That doesn't imply negating the cultivation of a pure intention to wake up for the sake of others.
As for judging a guru, I think you need to look at how their other students get along with their practice in order to accurately judge their merit. Like I've said before, take chogyam trungpa: a drunk and a fillanderer. But his students are very well trained.
Excellent. A little context often clears things up. Tnx