According to Buddhism, arising and cessation of all phenomena hinges on dependent arising, and are free from the power of any ghosts and gods. Our happiness and suffering are not related to any ghosts and gods, therefore we don’t need to worship them; rather, we need to worship compassion and wisdom.
There are two ways to realise Dzogchen: one is to listen to dharma extensively, then to accumulate immense merits by engaging in the practice of cultivating renunciation and bodhicitta, the practice of mandala offering and embarking on the path of bodhisattvas. When accumulation of merit rises to a certain level, one can realise emptiness; another way is to rely on the qualified master’s blessing. The premise to receive such blessing is to have devotion. The stronger the devotion, the more blessing one can receive.
In secret mantra vehicle, blessing from the guru is very important. Especially in enlightened Mahamudra. In this practice, there is no need for logical analysis or the practice of the breath and channels. Even the generation stage is not emphasized. Although in the practice of Vajrasattva, there is some simple practice of generation stage; this is, however, not essential. At the end of all practices, the essential link to enlightenment is the blessing of the guru. Of course, not just any guru can give this blessing. It has to be a guru who has the power to give blessing. Only then can we receive this blessing.
In our world today, it is increasingly apparent and obvious a lot of problems of a spiritual nature cannot be resolved by material means. To treat mental problems we must work with the mind. It is imperative that we look immediately for answers within the Buddhist culture to address concrete problems in our life, and to ameliorate the stress and anxiety we feel.