Questions for Sakyapa

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Questions for Sakyapa

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So I have a close connection to the Sakya lineage, I've taken teachings from some of it's bigger names, my core Dharma education comes from a Sakya Loppon, and I do one of their practices with a group regularly, probably will forever. Anyway, some of my closest connections are here. Soon I will have the opportunity to go deeper, but I have some reservations about doing so, so I thought maybe those who have spent some time might advise.

Basically, I feel like I am too much of a wild hippie to do the whole Sakya "program", despite me having these connections. It seems so graduated and all-inclusive, from the outside it often looks like an all-or-nothing deal. This, and the fact that I ended up with ChNN as a root guru, makes me feel like I simply won't have the investment in (for instance) doing Sakya Ngondro. Is there a supplemental value in engaging in Ngondro, for someone with my weird history, or is it really just a thing you should do if you one day want to do the Sakya HYT practices (which I don't really)?

I do plan on asking my teacher this, of course, though maybe with more polite verbiage;)
"...if you think about how many hours, months and years of your life you've spent looking at things, being fascinated by things that have now passed away, then how wonderful to spend even five minutes looking into the nature of your own mind."

-James Low
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