Although we have taken refuge, engendered bodhicitta, and made prayers,
Devotion and compassion have not arisen in the depth of our being.
Dharma activity and the practice of virtue have turned into hollow words;
Our empty achievements are many, but none have moved our mind.
Lama, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion.
Bless us that whatever we do is in harmony with the Dharma.
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
The ultimate teacher, the absolute, is never separate from us,
Yet immature beings, not recognizing this,
look outside and seek him far away,
Sole father, with your immense love
you have shown me my own wealth;
I, who was a pauper,
constantly feel your presence in the depth of my heart.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Just as fog is dispelled by the strength of the sun and is dispelled no other way, preconception is cleared by the strength of realization. There’s no other way of clearing preconceptions. Experience them as baseless dreams. Experience them as ephemeral bubbles. Experience them as insubstantial rainbows. Experience them as indivisible space.
Not only is there no difference between being close to the guru or far away, the guru's blessings are stronger when you are far away. For example, Milarepa stayed with Marpa in order to receive all the oral instructions, then went off to practice in the mountains of Lachi. Once, when Milarepa supplicated Marpa with great longing and devotion, Marpa appeared to him in the midst of a cloud, riding a lion, even though he was very far away.
I say this because some people think that when they are a student of a particular guru, they need to stay with the guru all the time. This is not the case. There is actually no difference between staying near the guru or staying far from the guru. If you have very strong faith, although you may actually be living far from the guru, the guru will be right there. But if you have no faith, you may always be in the presence of the guru but still be far away.
Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche