Malcolm wrote:Adamantine wrote:
Right. And anything else, organized around "Dzogchen", is just theoretical.
Well Dzogchen Community is not very organized. It has no sangha of monks, no hierachy of practitioners, no unified corporate stucture, etc. This, in a real sense, is Dzogchen community:
In the center there are the Dzogchen Teachings. Surrounding that are the gars, then the gakyils, the groups of pratitioners, then individuals, all interconnected. Gakyils and the Gars have three colors, symbolizing the how we collaborate. The individuals in the periphery have the same color as the teachings in the middle symbolizing that we all have the same state. Everyone is the same, no one is higher, no one is lower.
Whatever the fancy images, it is still a samsaric institution, with flawed beings creating all kinds of political and financial tensions. I don't see how it is superior to what you are critiquing in so-called Buddhist institutions. There are the same tensions about fundraising, supporting centers, paying rent, and not allowing people who are too broke to pay into the teachings. (Yeah, I know there are free webcasts but that is not unique to the DC).