The Tradition spreads with strength essential information for our personal evolution: this information is distilled with wisdom by the Professor and perceived by our mind, exchanged within the School.
If information is inestimable, if exchange is essential for a just evolution, it is the clarity of our mind and its availability which are going to make everything.
But the subject of the clarity of the mint is a subject which we often treat …
The subject here, it is the uselessness of the Professor … under certain angles.
The realization, the experiences and in general the life of the Professor have no importance for one’s personal practice.
Careful, it is obvious, and I often say it, that the Professor must be a follower and a man of letters of his tradition, that his life must be coherent with its teachings and that he has to be a source of inspiration by his joy and his actions.
On the other hand, the choices of his practice, the actions which he undertakes or his choices of expression of the Way are not useful for the development of the students.
The fact of taking too much of an interest of the professor, of trying to copy him or of trying to understand his life, all this is only entertainment and guarantees a failure in one’s personal evolution: in fact, everyone evolves in one’s way, every human being has his road and his qualities, it is not good to copy the evolution of somebody else.
The qualities of the teacher are the product of his work and of the evolution within his teaching, not the causes: if we try to copy the effects, we imitate and it is not an evolution, it is pretend!
We have to find our own means to work the causes who will produce the effects: and all this is within the Practice which is taught by the Professor.
As vector of the Way, the Professor has no importance, no interest.
He only has to give the good exercises to the good students, at the right time.
His personal stories are only anecdotes and his path an example among others.
The transmission is long, often too long for the common of the practitioners who prefer to spin without settling, to accumulate without deep foundations, to speak more than practice.
The relationship to the teacher is essential to acquire all the subtleties of the Way and this over years (traditionally three cycles of jing: one to be a practitioner, one to be an expert and the last one to become a Master).
- Respect your professor, but do not copy him!
- Follow all the teachings which you can, but do not speculate!
- Do not pay attention to the private actions of the Professor, but do not accept incoherence!
- Develop your independence, but remain faithful to ONE tradition and teacher!
The Way is a road traveled alone, formed of personal direct experiences, on the other hand this road is indicated by the Professor (not by one’s mental creativity or one’s falsified observations!)
The Practice requires a good dose of creativity and freedom, but the assimilation of the concepts of the Way requires to make a commitment fully after thinking about it.
The freedom of one’s Practice comes from a precise assimilation of one’s Tradition, not by imagination or band-aid of ends of practices.
The personal benefit of one’s evolution, the deep knowledge of one’s nature and the stopping of the unfounded questioning are considerations which are inestimable … but which ask for efforts in return!
The knowledge transfer requires the professor, but there ends his use!
The Tradition goes through the teacher but his role stops there!
Only the Way asks for an exposure to the world, not its vector.
And for the one who is a student of the Way, it is good to content oneself with self cultivation
and let oneself be traversed by the teaching …