gad rgyangs wrote:I don't think anything related to view is embargoed as secret, but ChNNR was just explaining why thogal and yangti teachings (which are practices) need to be secret: without a firm foundation of thekcho, one will fall into dualism vision if one does thogal and it will be finished for this lifetime in terms of possibility of realization. so, these should not be taught openly without the student first being appraised by the teacher as to their level of understanding. it is to protect the student, not a control thing.
I understand the argument, but certainly in today's world, lots of what I would consider much more dangerous knowledge is easily accessible. Togal instructions are already publically available in English; its not totally irrational to say that perhaps a different understanding of how spiritual practices should be conveyed is appropriate.
That said, I'm not a Dzogchenpo, so I don't want to go around telling practitioners how Dzogchen should be taught.