One should not postpone one's practices saying, "It is quite hard to practice now, I will do later." One should not generate this kind of thought.
It is said that if a blind person drops a precious jewel from his hand, it would be extremely hard for him to find it again.
It is said that when one undertakes the #dharma practices, one should not count the months or years; rather one should be reflecting on how much realization or how much influence towards virtue one has gained.
HOW ONE SHOULD SEE ONE'S #GURU
One should never cease to consider the teacher to be the #Buddha in person. Each of his acts is simply the activity of a realised being attuned to the nature of those he has to benefit.
The disciple should be like a #tsa-tsa from the mould of the teacher.
Pure vision means viewing the #Lama as a Buddha and taking the three kayas of the lama as the path of practice. If a would be #Tantric student does not see the teacher as a buddha, this is called the first and greatest of the Fourteen Root Downfalls. (From Dangerous Friends)
For this reason, one is advised not to go to public initiations or #empowerments as there are many commitments that one has to keep and breaking them is a broken samaya.
A point that seems worth emphasising is that the terms of #vajra relationship do not define the role of the vajra master, who is understood to be beyond definition. The terms only define the role of a student, and by far more stringently than in #Sutra.
In Sutric tradition, the teacher/student relationship can always be checked against written rules and principled, and the Buddha made it clear before he died that these can be altered after his passing according to the requirements of time, place, custom and individuals.
But in #Vajrayana, the emphasis is on an inner commitment, not an outer one: one uses one's awareness of the teacher from moment to moment.
The how of pure vision is technically impossible to keep perfectly unless one is #enlightened. How else could it be possible to see the teacher continuously as a buddha?
As the proverb goes, when #sentient beings look at buddhas they see sentient beings; when buddhas look at sentient beings they see buddhas. (From Dangerous Friends)