"The teachings have the quality of warm, fresh baked bread; the bread is still warm and hot and fresh. Each baker must apply the general knowledge of how to make bread to his particular dough and oven. Then he must personally experience the freshness of this bread and must cut it fresh and eat warm. He must make the teachings his own and then must practice them. It is a very living process. There is no deception in terms of collecting knowledge. We must work with our individual experiences. When we become confused, we cannot turn back to our collection of knowledge and try to find some confirmation or consolidation: ‘The Teacher and the whole theaching is on my side.’ The spiritual path does not go this way. It is a lonely, individual path."
from ‘Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism’ by Chogyam Trungpa