heart wrote:Then of course there is also the question how many Yidams one actually need to practice as a Dzogchen practitioner?
The answer is none. Zero.
Of course, but it helps just like all the preliminaries. But will 50 Yidams help more, I don't think so.
"To reject practice by saying, 'it is conceptual!' is the path of fools. A tendency of the inexperienced and something to be avoided."
"Even though you have recognized your essence, if you do not get accustomed to it,
You will be carried away by the enemy of thoughts, like a small child in a battle field.
So long as you are not free from the limitations of accepting and rejecting,
That long will you not recognize the view of the innermost secret heart-essence."