Since the passing away of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche in 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). Unfortunately, at the time of writing (late 2020) no specific arrangements are currently in place for this to happen .
If you are in the situation of not having received transmission you are welcome to make contact with us, join in some of our activities & practices or become a member.
Before he passed away, Rinpoche sent the following message to the Gakyils of the Dzogchen Community and all instructors:
“… 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.”
In light of this Shang Shung Publications make it very clear which books are suitable for new people & which are not. Please apply to Shang Shung for the list.
Newcomers contact point is: Alexander Studholme