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.
"The direct, hard to understand, subtle field of knowing, the Great Path, is non-conceptual (akalpana), and entirely beyond the grasp of intellectual thought. Divorced from verbal ideation, it is difficult to point out and as difficult to enquire into. It cannot be communicated through words and [therefore] is not within the scope of the neophyte (adikarmika). Nevertheless the path is to be approached through studying scriptures (sutra) of the World-Teacher and following the personal instructions (upadesa) of one's Guru-ji."
Bodhicittabhavana by Acarya Sri Manjusrimitra