Wake Up Call! – Your Unexpected Teachers


Unexpected teachers surprise and expand your consciousness.

After a small private event ended I said to an acquaintance, “What an enriching evening!” I was startled by his response, “I came expecting to listen to the wisdom of a teacher and got really angry that we had to listen to the college-aged kids sitting with him.”

thinking about his choices he quickly added, “I could have remained angry but I began to listen and my appreciation led to gratitude for these young people teaching me new things.”

I felt glad for him. Most of us had arrived with curiosity and expectation to meet His Holiness the 17th Karmapa knowing of the love and affection the Dalai Lama has for him.

I empathized with the upended expectations of my acquaintance. Our conversation turned quickly to the inspiring young teacher’s and the illuminating interactions we were privileged to experience between them and the young Buddhist Karmapa. What unexpected teachers will you be open and present to this week?


  • Be aware of how your expectations might limit you
  • Be present to wisdom and learning from unexpected ones

Notice how the unexpected teachers inspire and expand your life.

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Written by Robert Taylor