My Favourite Quotes (3)

The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.  (William Arthur Ward)

Beginning dancer, knows nothing.  Intermediate dancer, knows everything, too good to dance with beginners.  “Hotshot” dancer, too good to dance with anyone. Advanced dancer, dances everything, especially with beginners.  (Attributed to Dick Crum)

I try to help dancers understand that dancing is joyful, and that they are fortunate to be doing a wonderful thing.  I also emphasis that life is now, not later; live it every day at every level.  A good class is part of the fun of living!  (Maria Grandy)

There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.  (Gandhi)

A great teacher never strives to explain one’s vision.  He or she simply invites you to stand alongside and see for yourself.  (Rev. R. Inman)

So how does one choose a teacher or know a teacher to be reliable? It should be done in accordance with your interest and disposition, but you should analyse well. You must investigate before accepting a lama or teacher to see whether that person is really qualified or not. It is said in a scripture that just as fish that are hidden under the water can be seen through the movement of the ripples from above, so also a teacher’s inner qualities can, over time, be seen a little through that person’s behaviour. We need to look into the person’s scholarship – the ability to explain topics and whether the person implements those teachings in his or her conduct and experience.  (HH Dalai Lama).