From another recent thread:
Well for the Six Lokas practice for example, if we were to do two & a half hours each morning and each night, I reckon that one could complete one Loka each week and therefore finish the entire practice in seven weeks; or one & a half hours each morning and each night and complete it in 14 weeks, etc. (don't take this as an exact calculation, as there are many factors to be considered, and for each individual, and the specific version of the Six Lokas practice one is doing, etc.).
That way, assuming we won't have too many distractions from noisy neighbors, etc., we wouldn't even have to go on vacation and do a solitary retreat. However I think that it is important for such a practice, to not miss a single day until it is finished. So if we can, it is always better to go do a solitary retreat, where we could also complete the practice in a shorter span of days or weeks.
Or as Pemachophel said, if we can go on retreat for years at a time, even better. Although I think that with maybe the exception of the Outer Rushen, we could do all the Rushens at home (and it is said that the Outer Rushen is not indispensable).
Has Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche or any other Lama ever said anything about this^, or implied anything about it; related to for example, practicing the Inner Rushen at home over a 14 week period at two one-&-a-half-hour sessions per day, while making sure to never miss a single session?
Dear all and All,
I don't recall what ChNNR, or any other Lama, said about this, but ChNNR always says for us to work with circumstances. When I did my 6 Loka retreat in 1989, or so, I spent 4 months at it, spending as much time as I could be comfortable with, each day. My comfort level is different than yours. So you may spend more or less time with it than I did each day, and so you may finish in more or less time than I did.
ChNNR always reminds us to work with circumstances and fulfill our responsibilities. This again, will vary from person to person, and from time to time, when practicing.
So I think there is no set rule. The key point is to turn the Wheel and make progress. You never want to force yourself, or constrict yourself, and then develop an anti-feeling and run away from practice.
It's talked about like tuning a guitar, not too tight and not too loose. Then slowly slowly / quickly quickly, you get through the accumulation. In the teachings of ChNNR, there is no set point at which you "complete" an accumulation (except perhaps in SMS; please ask an SMS instructor). The principle is, that the practice has to work. There is alot more to be said that is not appropriate to discuss here, and should only be shared with those who have the transmission from the same Master.
I did my first Rushens in 1980, in a Longchen Nyingtig retreat, and was very happy to have done this in the presence of a Dzogchen Master, because this allowed an ongoing dialog about the practice as it developed. The Rushens are working with your energy on many different subtle levels, and are different when you do them at home, by yourself, or in the presence of a Dzogchen Master.
Hope this is of help to someone.
May the Dzogchen Masters live long, in good health, and with success in all things.