Skype - the way forward to practice together?

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Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby thewhiterussia » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:44 pm

Dear Dzogchen practitioners who live "in the galaxy far far away" has anyone of you tried to use Skype to do Ganapujas and other collective practices together? Please share your experience..
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Dronma » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:01 pm

Skype has many interruptions and delays in both video and voice.
Not good for practicing together!
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Zenda » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:08 pm

I've used it and it's worked fine. :)
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Yudron » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:12 pm

People are quite happy with "Google Hangouts." It's free, and good for groups up to 8 to all see each other. I haven't tried it yet for tsog, but it sounds like a good thing.
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Dronma » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:41 pm

Also Google Chat gives interruptions and delays.
Maybe it is good idea only for explaining practices to new people.

PS. It might works fine when we use them for a few minutes, but connection does not remain stable for long time.
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Yudron » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:58 pm

Maybe it is your location, Dronma... Skype is working fine for me.
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Postby justin.hudgins » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:02 pm

Both work great for me, the only issues I've ever had have been with another user's hardware or internet connection, not the service itself.

I've heard that DC members in China regularly do tshogs online, but I don't know if it's through either of these services or something else.
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby thewhiterussia » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:13 pm

thanks for sharing..
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Dronma » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:20 pm

I connect with people from very different places of the planet, Yudron.
And we all have the same problems with both Skype and Google Chat.
You can check it by searching in relative forums. A lot of people complaining there...
That's why both programs develop new upgrades all the time, while trying to resolve these problems. ;)
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Yudron » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:26 pm

Dronma wrote:I connect with people from very different places of the planet, Yudron.
And we all have the same problems with both Skype and Google Chat.
You can check it by searching in relative forums. A lot of people complaining there...
That's why both programs develop new upgrades all the time, while trying to resolve these problems. ;)


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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Stewart » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:52 pm

Yeah same here, I hardly ever have a problem with Skype or Google chat Dronma, so maybe it is your area. Sometimes universal updates are put out to deal with regional issues.
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby pemachophel » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:58 pm

Our small group in Boulder studying with Tulku Sherdor Rinpoche (who lives in upstate NY) has been using Go To Meeting to practice together and receive teachings in real time. Our Go To Meeting sangha also includes a group in Lisbon, Portugal (headed by Lama Gyurme), and other individuals around the States and even in Scotland. Works really well. Everyone can see and hear each other (if you go with that option), and people can ask questions either by writing them or speaking out loud (as long as they have a mic attached to their computer). It helps that people in Portugal are used to staying up late. We start on one Sunday each month around 1 PM Boulder time and in Portugal it's 9 PM (I think).

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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Tue May 28, 2013 11:36 am

pemachophel wrote:Our small group in Boulder studying with Tulku Sherdor Rinpoche (who lives in upstate NY) has been using Go To Meeting to practice together and receive teachings in real time. Our Go To Meeting sangha also includes a group in Lisbon, Portugal (headed by Lama Gyurme), and other individuals around the States and even in Scotland. Works really well. Everyone can see and hear each other (if you go with that option), and people can ask questions either by writing them or speaking out loud (as long as they have a mic attached to their computer). It helps that people in Portugal are used to staying up late. We start on one Sunday each month around 1 PM Boulder time and in Portugal it's 9 PM (I think).

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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby mandala » Tue May 28, 2013 1:42 pm

pemachophel wrote:Our small group in Boulder studying with Tulku Sherdor Rinpoche (who lives in upstate NY) has been using Go To Meeting to practice together and receive teachings in real time. Our Go To Meeting sangha also includes a group in Lisbon, Portugal (headed by Lama Gyurme), and other individuals around the States and even in Scotland. Works really well. Everyone can see and hear each other (if you go with that option), and people can ask questions either by writing them or speaking out loud (as long as they have a mic attached to their computer). It helps that people in Portugal are used to staying up late. We start on one Sunday each month around 1 PM Boulder time and in Portugal it's 9 PM (I think).

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Wow, that's fantastic! Wonderful to be able to share with your sangha around the world, in real time, especially to be able to interact.
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby oldbob » Wed May 29, 2013 3:37 am

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Put your hands on your computer folks and feel the warmth of Dharma comin to ya! :smile:

So then the practical issue of making the connections between Dharma teachers and Dharma students all over the world.

Maybe a "new" DW can have a multiplicity of vetted chat rooms where teachers and students, or students and students, can get together and study and practice.

Maybe there can be a permanent thread on DW that posts on-line interactive, and non-interactive, teaching offerings.

Maybe there can be a 501C3 charitable NGO, to collect (as permitted) all of the recordings of the on-line teachings and make them available, for free, on the web.

Maybe there can be a world peace protector practice, handed off to different time zones, to keep it going 24/7.

Maybe there can be a Dharma Dewey Decimal System and hyperlinked, multi media, and multi dimensional data base of all teachers, lineages, spiritual transmissions and practices (and scanned in print media) to enable easy access to Dharma sources for seekers.

Here are 3 old ads from the DC. I think you could write to the references and see what is coming up.
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http://atlantadzogchen.wordpress.com/20 ... -11th-8pm/

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Event: Rhythmic Breathing with Naomi Zeitz
Date: January 29th, 2013.
Time: 9:00 PM
Category: Yantra Yoga
Contact: Nancy Paris nparis122@gmail.com
Online via WebEx
Open to Dzogchen Community Members who have received Transmission and are a current member of the Dzogchen Community.

There is a 25 participant limit. If you plan on joining, Please RSVP Nancy Paris at nparis122@gmail.com. We will then send you an invitation from Chodak Dorje, with a link to the Webex session.

If it's your first time using WebEx Online Meetings Click here for Webex Information.
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Dear Vajra Family,

On May 20th at 19:00h (GMT+2) there will be an open webcast (http://www.shangshunginstitute.net/webcast/together.php) from Kunkyabling (Prague) of the Mandarava Ganapuja specially dedicated to the health of our beloved Master and all practitioners who also need this practice.

We will do the practice without Namkha, Lungta neither Dance.

We hope that all of you can follow it, wherever you are, so that we can do the practice together, increasing its potentiality and our capacity for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Long Life to our Master!!!

The Team.
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Querida Familia Vajra,

Este 20 de Mayo a las 19:00h (+2GMT) habrá una webcast abierta (http://www.shangshunginstitute.net/webcast/together.php)desde Kunkyabling (Prague) de la Ganapuja de Mandarava, especialmente dedicada a la salud de nuestro amado Maestro y a todos los practicantes que lo necesiten.

Haremos la práctica sin Namkha, Lungta, ni Danza.

Esperamos que desde donde os encontréis podáis organizaros para seguir la práctica juntos y así podamos entre todos incrementar nuestra capacidad, desarrollando nuestro potencial en beneficio de todos los seres sintientes!

Larga Vida al Maestro!!!

El Equipo.
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and yes, Skype / Go to Meeting is a way forward now, up and running.
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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby MalaBeads » Wed May 29, 2013 4:12 am

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Re: Skype - the way forward to practice together?

Postby thewhiterussia » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:58 am

Many thanks for such an informative answer I feel that I need to catch up with modern technology...
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