At the heart of the Nyingma tradition is the practice of Dzogchen, 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 Dzogchen teachings are the clearest, most effective and relevant to the needs of beings today. Untouched by the sometimes tragic events in Tibetan history, the Dzogchen 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.
Dzogchen 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.
Dzogchen can only be understood and fully realized with the direct guidance of a qualified and experienced Dzogchen master.