It is always beneficial to be near a spiritual teacher. These masters are like gardens or medicinal plants, sanctuaries of wisdom.
In the presence of a realized master, you will rapidly attain enlightenment.
In the presence of an erudite scholar, you will acquire great knowledge.
In the presence of a great meditator, spiritual experience will dawn in your mind.
In the presence of a bodhisattva, your compassion will expand, just as an ordinary log placed next to a log of sandalwood becomes saturated, little by little, with its fragrance.
~ H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche