When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
"Zen practice requires incredible spiritual courage and perseverance. We
have to face our deepest fears. It is also sometimes runs counter to
“common sense” and certainly to cultural norms – where when you
encounter something or someone that makes you uncomfortable, you are
supposed to get as far away from it/them as possible, as quickly as you
can. In our practice we move toward such things, and pay close
attention. Most of us find we need encouragement sooner or later to
tread in such unfamiliar and scary territory"
In my current understanding of Buddhism , anything or anyone is teacher to me regardless their nature , living or non-living ......Dalai Lama is same and equal as Osama , same and equal as any human , plant , animal or any non-living ...............
Quote: "But a good living Teacher can push and intimidate you to the ultimate." .........
Yes , but if I choose "teacher" , judge them for being " good or bad", perhaps I will always be the one I wish to be ..........be someone I want to be and will always be the self that will be the cause of my existance .