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untxi wrote:I got a prompt note back from Lama Tsewang offering to call me and personally give me the particulars about the program. I suggested that they be posted here so that everyone who might be potentially interested can benefit. Having been involved with on-line shedra before, I would categorize the pertinent questions into:
Costs: What are the costs for participation? If there are costs for attending the cyber shedra, what are the other anticipated costs? The costs for texts, supporting teaching materials, and if some portion of the shedra requires travel to be on site in LA, that should be disclosed.
Texts: What textual materials will be made available? Will the shedra only be teachings *from* root texts, or will the root texts be available in translation? If not, will it be built around texts already in translation? What other supporting materials will be given? Will lungs of the root texts be given?
Teaching Format: Will the teachings have to be attended on line in real time, like a Skype-in sessions? Will the past teachings be view-able in an archive? Will they be downloadable? Will Khenpo teach in English, or through a translator?
General Format Questions: Will this be a traditional "the lama lectures and one listens" format, or will there be opportunities to address questions? Will these formats be provided separately at different costs as with the Rangjung Yeshe shedra? If there is an interactive format that allows for Q&A, will this format be directly with Khenpo in real time via a Skype sessions, or will it be facilitated by email, personal Skype sessions, etc.? What should be expected as "homework"?
Travel Requirements: Will participation require travel to LA to be with Khenpo in person? If this is a traditional Nyingma shedra, it would include material on tantric topics such as Guhyagarbha, etc. Will the appropriate transmissions and empowerments be given as part of the shedra?
These are just things that came up with some friends in discussion of such a shedra.
lama tsewang wrote: As far as when to start it , he wasnt clear some time after the start of 2014 , when is the lunar new year?
I am going to need help with a website for all of this , how can this be facilitated?
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