Stewart wrote:I'm sorry Serge...this is a fantasy...ChNN teaches from many aspects of Dzogchen....Semde, Longde etc....he has just finished giving a retreat on Shine and Lhatong for instance. He also prolifically teaches Anuyoga practices. To hold the idea that he is somehow apart from other teachers is just a contrived view.
ChNN told me that he teaches the same as other Dzogchen masters and he is not in contradiction as many people like to think. It's a fact that he is an amazing master, but really we don't have to create a separate category for him....that would be silly.
Yes, Guruyoga, Rushan, Trekcho (and Togal if you've had instructions) are the main practices of Dzogchen, but constantly harping on that anything else is secondary and by implication not worth looking at is ridiculous, ChNN himself does 'secondary' practices everyday....what does that say about him?
There is no such thing as 'pure' Dzogchen, ChNN also says this....I find it hard to believe you are sitting at home doing nothing apart from resting in the natural state constantly....I know I'm not.
Semde, Longde are not aspects but divisions. They are different approaches of the same teaching which is Dzogchen, the 3 statements. Because it can be helpfull to many of his students, he also taught anuyoga practices (not ati), the Tun book and other practice and he clearly often repeat that "it is not ati" but anu, for noone could make a mistake. What is different by him and some others is preciselly that ... he does not pretend to teach atiyoga when it is maha or anu yoga, and he systematically underligne that it is not dzogchen and that dzogchen is GY ... but despite that, some of his student don"t want to hear it and they go on and on ...
Of course, as I say myself, everything else is a secondary practice, including walking, swimming and playing poker ... as far as it is practiced with the dzogchen view (back to the 3 statements). So we all have secondary practices, ChNN too.
Pure dzogchen is a terminology used to differenciate dzogchen taught by the time of Garab Dorjé (3 statements) and what comes latter, mainly the nyingtig and all other preliminaries or secondaries. This differenciation does not come from me ... it's a current classification. Sorry for that (but you can have your own opinion).
As for your last ChNN's quote, as I already told, everything is a secondary practice (with dzogchen view), therefore you are not resting at home ... do not over interpret what ChNN says.