In—almost—the words of former US President John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your lineage can do for you, but what you can do for your lineage.” The teachings and practices of Aro are rich and vast – continuing through the centuries and generations of practitioners. At a certain point, one begins to feel personal responsibility for the continuation of the teachings – hence, ordination and vajra relationship. One needs a closer relationship with the Lamas at this point, because errors in actions and view can create problems not only for oneself, but for others. Vajra relationship is also for those who feel that ‘there is no time left to lose’. One wants advice from the Lamas, and one has agreed to take advice. Advice can come in unusual forms, including recommendations on clothing, hair, recreational activities, exercise, and especially – attitude. You know that advice is not arbitrary – you trust that the Lamas have your best interests at heart, and would not give you advice that would not ultimately be of some benefit.

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