I was researching a potential teacher, and I was watching an interview with him in which he was shown rolling a cigarette... the interviewer asked him, isn’t that an addiction, a sign of attachment? His answer was “well, it has to be possible”, and when asked what his students would think of it, he replied, “it’s up to them”.
I’m not quite sure what to think of this, because I do feel that dealing with ones addictions is quite high up there as a sign of competency in the spiritual path. The fact that he hasn’t addressed this sign of clinging makes me wonder about him... also I find his answers somewhat easy. It’s about living the path, not just talking about it.
That said, he was sympathetic and likeable.