Here are some essential points on Dzogchen teaching by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche on May 1-3, 2009:
1. Dzogchen is beyond tradition and limitation. It is a necessary teaching if one needs total realization.
2. We need to apply the teaching to everyday living because we live in limited society, limited condition.
3. No matter what role we assume, what kind of work we do, we can integrate the teaching to our life. We don’t need to live in monasteries to be a practitioner.
4. The main point is to be always in the present state.
5. Be aware and relaxed. Today’s problems are caused by tensions and confusions. There is no other way to cope with them unless we discover our real nature.
6. How can we become relaxed – regard everything as unreal. Life is a dream. But it’s not a dream of one night. If we understand this, we can be relaxed.
7. The most important practice is guru yoga – be in the same state with your master.
8. Guru yoga can be combined with other practices that may be needed at certain times in our life, such as Avalokiteshvara, Tara, Guru Padmasambhava, Long life, Medicine Buddha and others. The key is when we do these practices, we no longer remain in dualism. In that way, we can say that we are integrating Dzogchen to the practices.
9. Dedicate yourself to Dharma practice. Nothing is difficult if we are determined to learn.
10. Do quality practices together to develop each person’s capacity.
Rinpoche concludes that a good Dzogchen practitioner is never distracted. He/she is always in the present state. He also emphasizes on the importance of transmission from a qualified master (lung). Without lung, mantra just doesn’t function. And the last point he mentioned is harmony among students.