CrawfordHollow wrote:My point is, I am not a dzogchen missionary, believe me...
is that it does no good to just deny karma, deny cause and effect, and just pretend that you are in rigpa 24/7. I mean, didn't your dzogchen teacher give you any practices to do, or did they just say, "OK, now you have the introduction, see you on the other side?" Those practices are for dealing with your samsaric condition. It does no good to delude yourself and think that because everything is unreal, you don't have to worry about anything. Or what's worse, pointing to other practitioners and saying how low their view and practice must be because they are talking about karma, which of course we all no doesn't exist. I mean, is that what your teacher does?
Direct introduction and guru yoga is the main practice. Dzogchen is not the path of transformation so it is not dealing with your samsaric situation. It is going directly from mind to nature of mind. And yes he gave practices from higher and lower tantras. Dzogchen practitioners can even make use of non-buddhist methods if it helps.
And yes my teacher Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche does say that everything is unreal, it's a big dream, so we have to get to reality ASAP by doing guru yoga mainly. According to him, to be a perfect Dzogchen practitioner, simple GY of White A and Tigle, plus presence of mind through the day, is all we need to do.
He doesn't say we can ignore circumstances. We must be aware of our situation all the time. But he does say that we need not theorize about karma or engage in analysis. It is sufficient to be mindful of that state of Guru Yoga.