Malcolm wrote:heart wrote:
So you are saying he reached the third vision himself? Or isn't that necessary to be able to guide people through the visions?
I don't know. I don't know Lama Drimed personally.
I have friend of mine who did an 8 year retreat under Chagdud Tulku focusing on thogal. But I don't think he got past the second vision himself.
It took Kunzang Dechen Lingpa seven years to reach the third vision in strict retreat.
I have heard that generally the Dzogchen masters only authorize people to to teach Dzogchen if they have reached the third vision. And, of course, he or she is someone who is a suitable teacher. Scholars shouldn't teach from books about what they have not experienced for themselves.
Although I do not know him personally, I think we should all assume that, since Chagdud Tulku named him his Dzogchen heir, Lama Drimed is a very high level Dzogchen practitioner. I would think this whould be encouraging for those of you who practice Dzogchen because he did not do three year retreat until after Chagdud Tulku passed. However, I hear he was unbelievably diligent in practice... and of course he was officially recognized as a tulku as well.
I'm a ngondro practitioner myself.