Andrew108 wrote:Are we talking about Dzogchen? About receiving the Dzogchen transmission? Or are we talking about paying for the hundreds of secondary practices we can do because we still haven't understood something.
If there are problems with the Dzogchen Community it is the problem of the proliferation of secondary practices. If a person wants the Dzogchen transmission then it's right there at an unbelievably low cost. It's really simple.
Oldbob and young Andrew are equally fresh? No? I have an idea. If you go to four retreats a year and have been doing that for quite a while, why not instead of going to a retreat, sponsor someone who can't afford it? I don't mean this in a sarcastic or negative way. If you can't change the policy or what the Dzogchen Community has become then why not set up a fund for poor people who cannot attend when the Direct Introduction is given? I think this would be helpful. Also a others have mentioned you might want to get more involved with the gakyil and try to work at it from the inside.
The primary practice is Guru Yoga. My job is to do my best to be present 24/7 with the feature of allowing whatever arises in my continuum to dissolve as it arises (in a non-dual sort of way).
Within this continuum of awareness, I can choose what secondary practices that I would like to do. While you are correct that I don't understand anything, I do have the right to choose what secondary practices that I participate in. Because I like variety, I like to know of many different secondary practices. Then I can choose according to how I am feeling that day. In the DC, this is allowable.
I would explain Andrew's dynamics not through a square peg round hole analogy but by suggesting that he is talking about apples while I am talking about bananas. When you talk about things, you need to talk about apples as apples and bananas as bananas, so it seems he is left holding the apples and I, bananas - or did I get that backwards.
I usually don't sponsor a poor person for retreats because it is not a good use of money. This only helps one person. Reinventing the DCA so it can help many people - now that is interesting.
Since I have had enough bananas for the day I will end any further dialogue with Andrew here.