I find his approach just a tad too systemised. He gives the impression of certainty in matters that life experience has shown me can never be certain. ... In other words, I find him a little young and inexperienced when it comes to understanding why people can’t necessarily meaningfully go where he has gone;
one of my teachers said something like, "you hear about the path steps 1-2-3, but it's actually a mess". Hang out in a group of teacher / students and, you know what?, most students are average (and with very little cultural prep for the esoteric process). Teachers often have a very rare level of development that most of us are working hard on the early prerequisites
for those attainments. I guess, my point: I found Damo's descriptions optimistic re: ease of attainment and assuming lack of obstacles.
Still, I found some of his descriptions immediately useful. For instance, Damo's description of the central channel overlapped and complemented Sifu Matsuo's description
when talking about silk reeling.
Once a student really gets bitten by the path, they might not know it yet, but they're in it from there on out ... and inevitably over decades study with a number of different teachers, different modalities etc. Lots of methods all toward one thing, it turns out. There's no substitute for going around the block a few times.
I also, btw, appreciated that Damo was refreshingly unpretentious about several subject areas and saying straight out that he hadn't gotten that far and so couldn't write much but to only mention the topic.
Edited by Trunk, 19 December 2016 - 12:56 PM.