Dzog Chen Teachings

Padmasambhava

Pad­masamb­ha­va

The Nying­ma (ancient) school of Tibetan or Vajrayana Bud­dhism was found­ed in the eighth cen­tu­ry by the great enlight­ened Indi­an tantric mas­ter Pad­masamb­ha­va, “the sec­ond Bud­dha,” and is the old­est of the four schools of Tibetan Bud­dhism (Nying­ma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gel­ug­pa). Its teach­ings, trans­mis­sions and lin­eage of enlight­ened mas­ters have con­tin­ued unbro­ken to this day.

At the heart of the Nying­ma tra­di­tion is the prac­tice of Dzog Chen, the most ancient and direct stream of wis­dom with­in the teach­ings of Bud­dhism. Mipham Rin­poche (1846–1912), one of Tibet’s great­est schol­ars and mas­ters, wrote:

Crown­ing the ban­ner of the com­plete teach­ing of the Bud­dha, is the beau­ti­ful orna­ment of the clear light teach­ings of Dzog­pa Chen­po.

Through prac­tic­ing and real­iz­ing these teach­ings, tens of thou­sands of beings have become enlight­ened. Although the Nying­ma school is the old­est tra­di­tion of Tibetan Bud­dhism, its Dzog Chen teach­ings are the clear­est, most effec­tive and rel­e­vant to the needs of beings today. Untouched by the some­times trag­ic events in Tibetan his­to­ry, the Dzog Chen teach­ings have been passed down in an unbro­ken line from the Pri­mor­dial Bud­dha Samantab­hadra, teacher to stu­dent, to this day, in all their fresh­ness, imme­di­a­cy, and pow­er.

Dzog Chen is a state, the pri­mor­dial state, the state of total awak­en­ing that is the heart essence of all the Bud­dhas and all spir­i­tu­al paths, the sum­mit of an indi­vid­ual beings spir­i­tu­al evo­lu­tion.

Dzog Chen can only be under­stood and ful­ly real­ized with the direct guid­ance of a qual­i­fied and expe­ri­enced Dzog Chen mas­ter.