The term Dzogchen or “Great Perfection” refers to the self-perfected state of our primordial nature, which is both absolute and ever-present within us. Dzogchen meditation brings us back to this innate state, emphasizing a fresh, natural view of reality as it is, unclouded by conceptual thought.
“The Dzogchen view is considered particularly appropriate for our present era. As Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche explained: ‘The stronger and more forceful the disturbing emotions are, the greater the potential for recognizing our original wakefulness. The vast amount of conflict in the world today is precisely why the Vajrayana teachings will spread like wildfire.'”
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
“Dzogchen means Total Perfection and refers to the condition of primordial potentiality of each individual. The method through which we enter into the knowledge of Dzogchen and discover our real condition is called Dzogchen Teaching. The knowledge of Dzogchen goes back to very ancient times, but in our era it was transmitted for the first time by Garab Dorje, a few centuries after Buddha Shakyamuni. Dzogchen has been transmitted without any break in continuity for centuries and centuries, in an uninterrupted lineage from master to disciple down to the present day.”
Namkhai Norbhu Rinpoche
The Berzin Archives
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