Dzogchen or the Great Perfection is the highest level of the Vajrayana teachings. It deals directly with self-liberation into our innate Buddhanature, abiding in the state of rigpa. This overview describes the three branches of Dzogchen teachings--the mind series, the space series, and the special instructions (including trekcho and togal). Students will be introduced to basic concepts and how they differ from lower sutra and tantra teachings, as well as the special preliminary practices for Dzogchen. Text: Quintessential Dzogchen - Confusion Dawns as Wisdom trans. by Erik Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmidt. PREREQUISITES: Natural Liberation 1-8 or instructor permission.