Sally Gross wrote:
Was your connection restored? The webcast connection seems to have been intermittent at times, but it seems to have come back, and I hope that you persevered despite the interruptions.
Oh, and the answer is yes.
Dear Sally, all and All,
Not to worry if you loose the webcast.
The replays (for those who can access them because they are members) usually have less drop outs and you can record them with Jacsta or Debut for video, or Sound Forge or Audio Hijack Pro (mac) for sound. There are many similar recording programs. Ask you local computer geek. Of course it is very good to also support the precious webcasts, through large contributions to SSI. There are expenses for the webcasts.
If there is a drop out during a lung, maybe it doesn't matter. Perhaps each part of the lung is holographic and contains the rest of the lung within it: intention / belief / confidence is everything.
Also, ChNN Rinpoche is always giving the lungs again and again.
Also, the webcasts are inherently delayed (by at least few seconds) from the original time of the sound from Rinpoche, so perhaps it is just a matter of understanding that you can connect with the lung (on the also delayed replay), if you do Guru Yoga of the white Ah, to Rinpoche, at that time too, while you are receiving the lung. Remember that instant presence is beyond time, so you can't say transmission depends on time if you are in instant presence.
Originally Rinpoche had said that you can get transmission from replays, but that was changed. I was present when someone asked him the question, "Can you get transmission from a recording?" and he replied, "It is all sound." Now you might say that the non-dual state of Guru Yoga needs to be present for transmission to occur, but perhaps you can initiate this, from your side, at the time of the replay. Perhaps Rinpoche, and all the "knowledge holder" Rigzin, Dzogchen Masters are always transmitting the state of Dzogchen, even though they are not always saying the words of the lung. Maybe the words of the lung are not so important, but are a vehicle for allowing the transmission of the state to occur.
Anyway, you are not going to harm anything by trying this and seeing if it works.
The point is to get the "live" transmission, and apply the teachings so you get the benefit, if you are practicing Dzogchen from the Pratyeka Buddha point of view, or so that you, and all sentient beings, get the benefit, if you are practicing Dzogchen from the Mahayana point of view.
Perhaps Dzogchen has no point of view (and can't even say that it has that: it is beyond any quality or limitation). Perhaps all points of view can be seen as only temporary constructions / conventions, to support philosophical political positions (so as to influence market share), if you are practicing Dzogchen from the Dzogchen point of view.
Of course whatever Rinpoche says is exactly correct, and you should follow his instructions precisely.