Believe it or not, Dronma, I was quite
the traditionalist back in the day.
I was going through the traditional tantric approach to Dzogchen, with a few very strict teachers (good teachers whose debt I won't ever be able to repay), until some significant events lead me to ChNN. I had heard about the DC, but I was so boxed in my conceptions that I never really payed much attention, until a few shakes. But we are heirs to our own karma... even the positive one.
Today I understand why I thought the way I did, how wrong I was and believe me, I was a fierce defender of the traditional approach. When I approached ChNN and his teachings, I was so lost that you can't begin to imagine. I was totally clueless and barely knew what he was talking about. My first webcasts were a train-wreck! So I started buying books. Things got a little better, bit by bit, but now I realize that even then I knew nothing! I took time. ChNN teaches with such depth that it's very easy to miss him, especially because you need experiential knowledge. You need insight to understand him and that comes from practice. Unlike other teachings, through which you may in fact learn a lot of intellectual material- important things mind you- when it comes to ChNN one really needs to go beyond the intellectual level (I'm not saying, by all means, that you didn't!!). Otherwise one will be missing most of it. I know that by experience, unfortunately!
Today I couldn't agree more with what Namdrol wrote. Mind you that I have unspeakable confidence in our teacher and I'm very minute when it comes to understanding what he teaches. If Namdrol goes against his opinions, I won't budge and will stick to ChNN teaching. Namdrol can tell you this is true because we had the good fortune of disagreeing in the past, something very healthy for our friendly relation!
Of course this is the exception to the rule in our story. Normally when Namdrol and I disagree, he is right and I'm wrong, plain and simple. That's also something I know very well by experience. The guy is an encyclopedia with a tremendous amount of formal training, for goodness sake! I can't compete with that. But if it comes to things I already understood from our teacher, I'll stick to my story, as they say. And in this case, I assure you that to the best of my understanding, what Namdrol said could practically have been said by ChNN, in his own style of course. And I'm sure you will come to understand it too.