Thanks for the text links, very helpful, it will make things a lot smoother, provided the internet streamcasting actually ends up working. I'm getting quite psyched for this. I was suprised that a hardcore Catholic high school buddy of mine who has never been motivated to do any Buddhist practice, has been really drawn in by the idea of the drubchen and Vajrakilaya as well as Lama Garchen's whole story of living so many years in a Chinese labor camp and deepening his realization all the while. He's going to participate. He seems to have almost had a conversion experience from Catholicism to Vajrayana…
...OK, well, maybe that's a bit exaggerated, but he's gone from little knowledge or interest to: Whoa! This is profound stuff, what have I been missing out on, I want to get into this. For whatever that is worth…we'll see…quite amazing he's suddenly so taken by all this.
Also, If I may, I'd like to also ask about some other things, which y'all might have insight or inside info I'm not privy to, not having registered for the event and not being a Drikung Kagyu regular:
1. Does attending the empowerments via streaming broadcast actually confer the empowerment? Seems there is some controversy, we know that CHNN seems to feel its valid, a lama I'm starting to work with gives them but says, you are going to have to see me for the real deal in the end and the online empowerment is simply provisional till a better option is available. Just intuitively to my mind I don't see why an online empowerment would be any different, but I'm wondering how Drikung Kagyu will think of what has transpired, there's no mention that I could find that you were actually getting the empowerment via a streamcast in their view.
2. I notice that the earlier scheduling mentions that it will continue a round the clock schedule for 3-4 days afterwards. The re-scheduled schedule just mentions 9-12 noon for one day. Does that mean that the rest of the Drubchen will not be streamed live?
3. I have ngondro and yidam practice commitments, if I participate in the 24 hour sessions, is it possible to take a break to do some abbreviated ngondro and yidam sadhanas without missing out on all or some of the effectiveness of the drubchen?
4. If we are good to go with the online version of the empowerment, does it make any sense after the drubchen to try and do Vajrakilaya as a regular practice in addition to another yidam, Vajrasattva specifically, or is it really just redundant. If such a practice is good along with Vajrasattva, are once weekly sessions enough, or would have to be daily?
Thanks for wading through all my nagging questions about this drubchen and thanks in advance for any suggestions or comments.