Simon E. wrote:
I had a Dharma name, given to me by my first Karma Kagyu teacher.
I have not used it since shortly after becoming a Dzogchen student.
I did not become aversive to it..it just felt redundant.
To everything there is a season.
Simon, which lineage of Dzogchen instructions do you practice? One of the nyingthiks (Longchen, Khandro, Chetsün)? Or perhaps one of the tersars (Dudjom, Chokling, etc.)?
While obviously the main influence within Karma Kagyu is Mahamudra, there are elements of Dzogchen within the lineage, too. For instance, the Namchö Dzogchen cycle of termas is quite important within Kamtsang thanks to the influence of the 1st Karma Chagme. And of course there's the Karma Nyingthik, composed by none other than the 3rd Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Dorjé---close friend and contemporary of Longchen Rabjampa.
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།