04 November 2021

‘spiritual friendship with teeth’ - Illusory Advice


The system of apprenticeship is one where new apprentices enter ‘spiritual friendship’ with their chosen teacher, and it is up to the student to decide at what pace they wish to proceed. There is the expectation that sufficient interaction will happen between the teacher and student to enable the apprentice to decide whether they feel at home with this mode of practice. This requires sufficient interaction and exposure to the teacher, which can be challenging, because the student cannot hide out. This is why Ngakma Nor’dzin once described apprenticeship as ‘spiritual friendship with teeth.’

page 36, Illusory Advice, Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin, Aro Books Worldwide, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-898185-37-6


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