I've been a Dzogchen lurker for a bit, it IS in Dudjom's lineage I practice out of... but never felt I was advanced enough as a student to be able to access the teachings, because it's 'for the big kids.' I've heard several times, 'when you've done Ngondro,' or Dzogchen is 'the highest level.' *snip* I have a LONG way to go.
This is not really the tradition of Dudjom's lineage, not how I was introduced to it or understand it. Dudjom Rinpoche gave direct introduction constantly, he was a living, breathing direct introduction. Also, my root teacher is like this, and is a Dudjom Lama through and through. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche always taught Dzogchen, but emphasized ngondro as a formal method to relate to that (being a guru yoga practice), as does Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche --both Dudjom Rinpoche's sons. *snip*
Hi again Ogyen, I just wanted to reply again, and say that I apologize for anyone speaking about my post making claims that it was "damage control" etc. This is sadly misguided, and just reflective of the odd polarizing nature of a particular trend happening on the forum right now for whatever reason. I wanted to share an example of what I am talking about, something that just popped into my email box. These are public, unrestricted teachings on Dzogchen View, Meditation and Action
with the lineage holder of the Dudjom Tersar, Dudjom Rinpoche's son Shenpen Dawa Rinpoche:
Teachings on the Nature of Mind at Orgyen Cho Dzong
Friday, July 27 from 5-7 pm,
Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, 10-12 & 2-4
Appropriate for all those interested in Buddhism, this seminar introduces three basic tenets of all Buddhist practice: view which is the perspective for re-understanding our experiences, meditation which is the path, and action which is the result of the previous two.
Simlarly, I personally attended a public unrestricted teaching on Dzogchen meditation with Lama Tharchin using this text by Dudjom Rinpoche as a basishttp://www.keithdowman.net/dzogchen/dudjom_counsel.htm
in Los Angeles in 2009
I have been to countless unrestricted teachings on Dzogchen including pointing out with various Dudjom Lamas over the course of many years. Despite what some may claim, this is the very heart of the lineage and is commonly presented from the very beginning, to the fortunate who have the attraction and without any requirements or restrictions. But as the Tibetan saying goes "each Lama has their own Dharma". And so, even in the same lineage, various Lamas may embrace different approaches. Perhaps your Lama has a good reason to do things they way they do. But I am sure they would not discourage you from attending Dzogchen teachings with another Lama who is properly qualified.