Jeff wrote:A specific example that is very similar to Dzogchen is found in various threads of Gnostic Christianity. A Buddha is similar to a Christ.
Dzogchen is not even like Mahamudra, yet its similar to Gnostic Christianity?
Again... Further information regarding similar practices...
"As an example, practices of the Transference of Consciousness assume that an initiate becomes somewhat established in the practice of Union with Partzuf, just as the practice of Clear Light Union assumes some experiential foundation in the Transference of Consciousness. Unless I can generate and actual light body, and merge my consciousness with the consciousness of the Partzuf (divine or enlightened personification), then an actual shift of the center of my consciousness into the light body of the Partzuf is not possible, let alone the experience of dissolution in Clear Light Union, the primordial foundation of consciousness. This, however, is all based upon actual developments in consciousness, in the experience of the initiate, not upon length of time or numbers of repetitions of practices.
Within and behind this is another phenomenon, though, which is more difficult to explain outside of the direct experience of it – there is a distinct play of Divine Grace, or the Light-presence (Christ) and Light-power (Holy Spirit), and the development in consciousness, the process of self-realization in Christ, does not occur is as linear a way as provisional teachings make it sound; also we find that spiritual works can often be accomplished of a far more advanced level than the level of spiritual attainment or development of which we might be conscious or aware. In other words, through Divine Grace, the power of the Holy Spirit, radical leaps can occur in the development and evolution of consciousness, and likewise, through Divine Grace, it is often possible to engage in spiritual works that may seem well beyond our present capacity.
We watch a similar play in the process of the Gnostic and Light Transmission, and the transmission of spontaneous blessings and empowerments, of which there are many gradations – very often, through Divine Grace, a spiritual transmission occurs of a far higher gradation than we might have thought possible; it is all dependent upon the extent to which we live within, take up an active and dynamic surrender to Divine Grace, the Holy Spirit, and have the love of Christ, cleaving to Christ with our mind, heart and life – the extent to which we allow this Light-presence and Light-power to take up our person and life."
Also, take a look at Sufi lineages...