• I was inspired to write a poem to my students after a workshop I held in March 2012, where I encountered an understandable but unfavorable response (which I get often) to one of my suggestions. The response was "You don't understand how hard it is". I wanted to explain to those who see me as an awakened teacher that people often get to the place of being awakened by suffering, like I did. And thereby explain that I do understand how hard it is. But that not only does it not have to be hard but also that hardship is often what creates in us, the very transcendence that we seek and that I have achieved. (My Students)

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