Dear all and All,
All excellent posts from the heart.
Who should attend DC webcast?
If you are asking who should, it is one thing. If you are asking who could, it is something else.
If someone is interested in the Teachings of ChNNR, then they should attend the webcasts: open and closed, if they are a member, and open only, if not.
If someone is not a member, then they can attend only open webcasts.
If someone is a member, they can attend open and closed webcasts.
If you can afford to be a member, it is really the best (this shows commitment to the Teachings, and sponsors the activities of the DC) but maybe you should not sell your gold tooth, or slight your family in any way.
Maybe it is better to respect and work with your circumstances, and slowly, slowly get the teachings, and keep your teeth and your family.
Instant presence is a birthright. You cannot buy it with money or earn it with good works.
(Shhhhhhhhhhh - I didn't say this.)
If you have a friend who is a member, maybe they will let you listen and you can get the benefit.
In the style of Mahayana, practitioners should help each other get the benefit. Otherwise it is Dzogchen in the style of the Pratyekabuddha. This is also perfect Dzogchen.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratyekabuddha
Dzogchen practitioners, in the style of the Mahayana, help each other. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahayana
Both systems are really perfect and I am not suggesting that anyone should correct anything.
Commitment for/ from the webcast?
This is a strange question.
The humorous answer is that if you are not committed to smiling when you are happy then you should NOT listen to the webcast.
If you can manage just a little smile - then I think it is OK.
Here, we are not talking about the 9 Yana system where breaking a commitment sends you to vajra hell.
Here, we are talking about the all good and the ALLGOOD: BODHI
gone beyond any quality what-so-ever.
Here, we are talking about gaining awareness of what you already have - and have always had, your Buddha Seed.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tathagatagarbha
Here, this is gained through taking pointing out instruction, followed by doing practices that help you develop confidence in, and continue in, that state.
Here, we are talking about the path of result, not of cause.
Here, we are talking about instant presence, which from the point of view of instant presence, has no characteristic what-so-ever, and can not even be spoken of.
Here, the question of commitment never arises or doesn't arise.
Here, "doesn't arise" means that if the question, or anything else, did arise, it would be co-temporaneously liberated, with its arising, and not leave a trace.
Here, if you want a commitment, then the commitment is to do your best: to be aware, and maintain instant presence 24/7. Note: instant presence is not instant pretense.
I cannot remember hearing any Master speak about how YOU should recognize instant presence, maybe this is up to you. All the Masters speak of the qualities of the natural mind, as empty, clear, vast and luminous, pure from the beginning and spontaneously arising, etc.---. "As it is", natural mind has no nameable qualities what-so-ever, and any quality is just an imputation from the viewpoint of ordinary mind, perhaps to help you to be able to relax into it, without any concern as to its qualities.
Anyway, you relax and do your best. (A little like instantly
sinking into a hot tub after a long day's work, but with awareness, not sleepiness.)
When you are less relaxed, then there are lots and lots and lots of secondary practices to do.
Good fortune to all and All!
Long life to the Dzogchen Masters, may they live long, in good health and with success in all things.