I'll share a little from my experience, what really made me decide to go for ChNN (and the DC). I knew about the Dzogchen Community and the webcasts for some time, yet, as many of you probably think right now, it seemed a little too unorthodox for my taste. I was used to more traditional teachers and was satisfied with the way things were going. Nevertheless I came to a point in my life where I had a few interesting occurrences that made me interest for this particular teacher, ChNN, of whom I knew little about. Nothing extraordinarily noteworthy, but I shared, at that time with Namdrol-la.
A few years now I've been giving some time to practice and there was a time when I felt it had come to a halt. There was a time, after these events, that in my practice I was finding some peculiar inner obstacles and with time I realized they were becoming serious hindrances. It was easier for me to ask to teachers I knew better, whit methods I was more at ease and so I did, even if I had already decided to explore the teachings of ChNN. Anyway, I've asked around to a few teachers how to proceed, some well known and respected lamas (that I continue to see as my great teachers). I spend some time with the advice was being given, trying to overcome these obstacles, but I wasn't succeeding, even when doing exactly what I was told to do. I was a little concerned, I confess.
It was when I took ChNN's advice, for two times, that it worked like a charm. The obstacles were dissolved and I overcame those hindrances. There you have a case of real help
to my exact needs
. As you understand I won't go into details, but these obstacles were neither easy nor simple to explain. Yet, very simply with the right advice it was like pulling a string and seeing a knot untying by itself. This was the turning point for me. I need a teacher to do exactly that: giving me teachings that work when I'm in need for them. His methods and approach are by far the best I've tried. Perhaps not the best for everyone, but it works for me. So I'm happy where I am.
I really don't mind to attend webcasts all year round and seeing my lama when possible. I don't have that many questions that I need to ask urgently and if needed I can always pick a flight to wherever he is teaching. Plus, Merigar is two days driving (a bit fast, though, but feasible) from Oporto (a little more than 2.000 kms). I can go there and to Barcelona very easily. London is a short flight. There's plenty of opportunities to see Rinpoche. What I am saying is that "electronic" or not, it has shown to work and in the end that's all that matters.