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Asymmetry of Realization between Teacher and Student

The relationship between teacher and student can change as our practice matures. At the beginning, there is often an asymmetry of realization between teacher and student that needs to be acknowledged. This asymmetry is part of the truth and it’s the reason why the student comes to the teacher in the first place. In time, as the student learns and matures, the asymmetry can decrease, but even when there is symmetry between student and teacher, the reverence continues. Both the student and the teacher need to recognize the teacher as the teacher, and the teacher needs to relate to the student as a student, even though they might feel more like friends. This is a subtle dynamic that requires a great deal of realization and understanding in order to unfold in an optimizing way.

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