We can say, “As yet, I do not know for myself, but the Buddha said this … And Bodhidharma said that… Let’s practice together in this way.” This is fine! Who knows? The student may awaken before the teacher.
In Buddhism, there is the saying: “Although there might be a hierarchy according to who has entered the temple first, in awakening, there is no hierarchy, there is no line —it is according to our roots and our efforts.”
—Ven. Haechun Sunim