Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Since the 3 kayas and the accumulations of merit and wisdom are complete within rigpa primordially, Dzogchen practice lacks nothing and leaves no fundamental need for any other practice. However, what we have is a question of individual capacity and practicality. Only very rare individuals "get" Dzogchen right off - and by "get" I mean having actual non-conceptual, uncontrived knowledge of their true nature - so it is simply more practical to continue benefiting oneself and others by gathering the two accumulations in the conventional way as one receives Dzogchen transmission, instructions and training and one comes to eventually know the natural state in actuality, unmistakably, and gain stability and strength in that.
Thanks Pema Rigdzin,
I'm not sure about Dzogchen practice being sufficient to accumulate conceptual merit too. Is there any scriptural basis for this? Because if accumulation of wisdom was sufficient to accumulate merit, then there would be no need to divide into the two categories of accumulations right?
Any opinions? Thanks!
You've misunderstood what I said. What I said was that "the 3 kayas and the accumulations of merit and wisdom
are primordially complete within rigpa." We have the entire corpus of Dzogchen tantras as the scriptural basis for this. However, if one has not yet been able to recognize rigpa, or for someone drawn to a path in which recognition of rigpa would be at the end of the path rather than the beginning, then the only way to proceed would be to amass the two accumulations as is commonly taught, right?
Of course, pretty much every Dzogchen master that ever lived spoke of the usefulness and expedience of continuing to gather the two accumulations while
on the Dzogchen path for those unable to fully realize rigpa upon having it pointed out (which means 99% of Dzogchen practitioners so far in this world). This is because for a long time, even people who have been able to recognize
rigpa are unable to continue in it for very long at all... Such people still spend most of their time in ordinary mind, not rigpa, so it behooves them to continue to practice Dharma in a way they're able to until such time as they are extremely stable in rigpa.