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-LaSara (aka @Yoga_Mama)
No guru should be held to some unreachable ideal, and the best thing that can happen, and I dare say perhaps the only thing that can happen, to help a student "reach" or "attain" enlightenment is 1. the ignoblement and debasement of the guru through some sort of transgression, or 2. the total disappearance of the guru.
Trungpa pulled off both! Good job.
But seriously, enlightenment, or the state of being "awake" is almost never a static one. It phases in and out. Or, should I say, we do. And, as Trungpa - and many other teachers - said, holding on to some ideal of what presence or enlightenment is, is silly.
It's just now. Presence is, even when we are not awake to it. And it's no less so in suffering than in blinding joy. And no less so in blinding joy, than suffering.
Guru, and ideas of perfection, or expectations of some way of righteousness, should not be the thing that comes between any person, and their own awakening. And if we do, our bad.
The moment that happens, presence in our own "presence" becomes more possible.
Yes, a hard concept to teach. Easier to sit in. Wish I lived nearer by, I'd love to come and sit with you all.
Thanks again. Deeply.
Peace, and gratitude,