In view of the passing away of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche in September of 2018 the arrangements for the introduction of new members to the Community have changed.
The starting point for the practice of Dzogchen is to receive a ‘Direct Transmission’ from the teacher. This ‘Direct Transmission’ is the means by which the teacher introduces us directly to the true nature of our mind: our primordial state or ‘rigpa’ (in Tibetan). Ideally, it is best to receive the ‘Direct Transmission’ from the teacher in person by attending a retreat, but this is not possible at this time.
The Gakyils of the Dzogchen Community and all instructors received this communication via the International Dzogchen Community Gakyil in early September from Rinpoche:
“Rinpoche has agreed that during this period, when it has not been possible for him to give the transmission, that those people without transmission but with sincere interest in the Dzogchen teachings and desire to participate, can be admitted to Santi Maha Sangha base courses, and First Level Yantra and Vajra Dance Courses. They will also be welcome at the Ganapuja. Furthermore, after three years, even if they do not have transmission, they will be eligible for membership in the Dzogchen Community. It should be noted, however, that at the first possible opportunity to receive the transmission, those persons should make a sincere attempt to be present.”
As a consequence the Shang Shung Publications staff prepared a list of restricted books that are provisionally available to seriously interested newcomers. Please apply to Shang Shung for the list.
Newcomers should also try to train and collaborate with the Sangha of the International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Newcomers contact point is: Tara Sinclair