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). Ideally, it is best to receive the 'Direct Transmission' from the teacher in person by attending a retreat, but since this is not always possible, Rinpoche also gives 'Direct Transmission' via the worldwide web. On three occasions each year, corresponding to particular anniversaries in the Dzogchen calendar, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gives the direct transmission of Guru Yoga necessary for starting to practice.
Originally Rinpoche had the idea of 'Transmission via the Web' because he wanted to help people in difficult situations who could not travel at that time to meet the Teacher. The Transmission enables them to start to practice the Dzogchen Teachings transmitted by him without being in his direct physical presence.
Newcomers who want to participate at a World Wide Transmission should be seriously interested in the Dzogchen Teachings, which are transmitted by our Teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and practiced by our worldwide Dzogchen Community. New participants at a Direct Transmission should try to receive Teachings from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu personally in the future. After having received the Transmission, they should also try to train and collaborate with the Sangha of the International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
In order to learn the appropriate mantras, mudras, and melodies correctly, it is important to hear an explanation from a knowledgeable student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu well in advance of the event. To attend a Direct Transmission, please call your regional contact at least one month before the date of the direct transmission you wish to receive, as you will need prior instructions.
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