"In the famous book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Richard Baker Roshi describes his teacher Suzuki Roshi, a Zen master, as:
'a person who has actualized that perfect freedom that is the potential for all human beings. The flow of his consciousness is not the fixed repetitive pattern of our usual self-centered consciousness, but rather arises spontaneously & naturally from the circumstances of the present. The results of this, in terms of the quality of life, are extraordinary: buoyancy, vigor, straight-forwardness, simplicity, humility, serenity, joyousness, uncanny perspicacity, and unfathomable compassion. His whole being testifies to what it means to live in the reality of the present. Without anything said or done, just the impact of meeting a person so developed, is enough change another's whole way of life.'
At their best, our teachers become mirrors to us. ... To be in the presence of a wise teacher reminds us that we're not the limited beings that we take ourselves to be."
- Receiving the Living Wisdom of Spiritual Teachers - In-depth
reflections and teachings on the student-teacher relationship." www.soundstrue.com