“It’s said repeatedly in the Dzogchen teachings—Guru Padmasambhava himself said this many times—the Dzogchen view is vast and open and does not negate. If you say no to bodhichitta, no to refuge and devotion, no to visualization, and say yes only to emptiness practice, how is that a vast and open view? The Dzogchen view includes appearance and emptiness. To unveil the true nature of appearance, perform the Visualization Stage practices. To unveil the true nature of emptiness, perform the Completion Stage practices. Both are needed. Of course, emptiness and appearance are inseparable; the same is true of Visualization and Completion Stages. But until you fully realize this, it’s important and necessary to practice them sequentially.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Beauty of Awakened Mind: The Dzogchen Lineage of the Great Master Shigpo Dudtsi (pg 100)
Photo of Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche praying at the Palm Beach Dharma Center in January 2020.
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