We have to realize the Dharma is priceless. That does not mean Dharma is free. Practicing Dharma requires sacrifice, and sacrifice comes in many forms. If you are a hippie-dippy person and your guru tells you to get a job at a bank or to become a CEO, that is probably one of the most effective forms of guru yoga you could do. And if you are a fresh Ivy League graduate and your guru tells you it’s time to do a nine-year retreat, following that suggestion would be a good act of renunciation.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book The Guru Drinks Bourbon?
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- Look beyond titles and hats
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- You and only you will decide
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