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” (webcast) because he wanted to enable newcomers to start to practice the Dzogchen Teachings transmitted by him without needing to travel to meet him in person. However, newcomers who want to participate in a Direct Transmission via webcast should be seriously interested in the Dzogchen Teachings and 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.