Yes, I can hear a small volume with a hearing aid. Is Mandarin the official language of the Chinese?..
I can watch the DC webcasts but generally need a modern English "translation."
Everything he's saying is in english (just with an accent), except for the lungs he gives for the certain practices which are in tibetan (and are the mantras for the practice), during those just be present, they are transmissions to do those practices.
Some of the terminology he uses is also in the context of the teaching he's giving, and can be hard to decipher if you're not familiar with the full spectrum of practices and yānas. The more you listen the easier it will become to understand.
That's not how the hearing problem works.
I hear the voices and sounds but what is being said is not clear - so deciphering is involved in what the other person is saying.
Hi Wesley, all and All,
I have the same problem. It is a very complex issue involving not just sound quality but money and politics.
If you want an example of good sound quality that improves intelligibility, and really excellent video quality (that allows you to go full screen on a large monitor) then check out:http://dalailama.com/webcasts/post/240- ... -teachings
This is the replay, but I listened live, and the excellent audio and video quality was the same.
It is my strongly held personal conviction that the DC webcasts could have the same quality.
It is a matter of will and money. It is up to everyone concerned to bring this to the attention of the people responsible, if they want this to happen.
The other key issue is that the way the DC webcasts are set up, the replays suffer from the same breakup of the digital stream, on the web, as the original stream and that requires you to go back to the beginning to start over if the digital stream drops. It is also not ideal if you miss something and want to go back over the recording again. You have to start from the beginning. For some people this is a show stopper because they do not have the time and/or ability to overcome the many drops of the web stream and the many times, required, starting over.
The replays of the HHDL webcasts are also available in a format that you can easily download onto your computer and then transfer to your mobile device or computer and then listen to whenever you want. It is clear that whomever is in charge of the HHDL webcasts really want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to benefit from the teachings of HHDL.
My strongly held personal conviction is that the current business plan of the Dzogchen community could be improved by making high quality streaming and down-loadable replays (same quality as in those of HHDL) available to the DC.
The increased costs of the improved quality (if any) would be more than made up for by the huge
increase in membership in the Dzogchen Community, that would occur if easier access to the teachings were allowed.
Another important point is that it is doable, now, is to have a transcript typed and published shortly after the actual webcast by having 12 typists type up each 10 minute segment of the 2 hour webcast at the conclusion of the webcast. Then an editor could splice the 12 typed segments into a word document for editing and then this roughly edited version could be released as a pdf or Google doc, on the replay site. A fully edited version could be sold on SSI later. This is doable within 2 -3 hours of the completion of a webcast. With 2000 plus listeners I am sure we can come up with 12 volunteers, or 24 so there is back up if someone gets sick. The typists would have to be provided with their high quality 10 minute segment of the webcast immediately after the completion of the cast. Technically this is easy and doable now.
Another way to generate an immediate roughly edited transcript, would be to ask if there are any high speed typists in the community who are currently generating a transcript as ChNNR is talking. If there are no volunteers, then it would be possible to hire a "stenographer" whose regular job it is to type as fast as people could speak. This could be paid for by providing the roughly edited transcript, at actual cost, on the replay web page. The finally edited version with normal SSI pamphlet packaging could be sold later on SSI.The key point is that there needs to be a two tier distribution plan that allows usable quality print and recordings to be released to the entire DC, contemporaneously with the webcast and then a higher quality, high production value - value added - version sold on SSI later.
This would allow easy access of the precious teachings of CHNNR by the entire DC. Now only those purchasing the DVDs and CDs from SSI, perhaps quite a while after the webcast, are assured high quality recordings of the teachings.
If anyone agrees with these ideas you might make this known to the webcast team at:email@example.com
I also should end with a huge vote of thanks for the hard work and current excellent quality of the SSI live webcasts and replays and a big
to all involved.
Perhaps with dialog and collaboration we can improve an already excellent situation.