I think I am more interested in figuring out how can you reach the "me" generation and teach them kindness. Anyone have any ideas?
Perhaps you should teach Mahayana. Be the change you want to see in the world.
As far as what KY taught today, i heard several things that i can begin to put into practice, to bring to fruition. He said enough that was practical, that will carry me for a long time to come. And for this i am grateful. His personal "style" is irrelevant to me.
I could chittle and chattle on some more but there is no point in doing so. Everyone will hear from todays teachings what they are able to hear based on their previous experience, on their frame of reference.
If i were to offer anything here, it would be to remind people of something that ChNN has been saying alot lately, that dzogchen is not a tradition
. Of course people organize and codify the teachings they hear, they write books, etc., this is one of the things that people do, but when you get right down to it, dzogchen cannot be organized or codified in any way whatsoever. This is why the way KY lives his life, the way he teaches, makes his living, etc. etc. etc. is irrelevant to me. It is a subtle but important point i think. At least for me. Lol.
Hmnnnnn - Teach the Mahayana?
Two ways to approach the issue of approaching the Yeshe Lama from the point of view of the Mahayana.http://longchennyingthikngondro.blogspo ... -mind.html
ANDhttp://www.bodhicitta.net/The%20Practic ... rables.htm
The key point is that Dzogchen (the Yeshe Lama or the collected works of ChNNR) can be taught from the viewpoint of any of the 4 major divisions of Buddhism.
From the Dzogchen side of "instant presence" / one taste, it makes absolutely no difference.
Sure, the 9 Amazing Things, or the 12 Vajra Laughs are true, but this is from within the view of Dzogchen and NOT from the side of normal human beings seeking Dzogchen Teachings.
From the point of view of normal human beings seeking Dzogchen instruction, the point of view from which Dzogchen is taught, can make a huge difference.
Taught from the view of the Pratyeka Buddha, Dzogchen appears to be very cold and without kindness.http://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/pra ... index.html
I fear that many normal people run away from the DC because of the apparent lack of kindness of its members and some of the hierarchical social structures, especially as regards to equal access to the Teachings.
The traditional nundro teachings / SMS base level teachings, create a practical context from which the higher views can grow.
A Mahayana approach, (Dzogchen as if kindness matters) as applied to the recent Teaching of the Yeshe Lama by K Yeshe, could have the characteristics of:
Having a better translator for English, both in terms of English pronunciation and knowledge of the subject matter.
Use a de-esser to remove sibilance (the hissing sssss souud at the end of words) in the translators voice.
Learn to allow the translator enough time to do the translation, before starting to speak again.
Allowing the syllabus /text to be available on line, before the teaching started, so that everyone could follow along. (Not just those who had the great good fortune, and funds, to already own the text.)
Having better audio quality, and balance, between the translator's voice and K Yeshe's voice.
Allowing CDs and DVDs to be sold at cost.
Allowing replays so that those of the DC who are far from the Italian time zone wouldn't have to wake up in the middle of the night and disrupt their energy for the following day's work / activities, and this applies especially to the sick and elderly.
Allowing replays in an MP3 form that do not have to be restarted from the beginning if the play is interrupted.
Organizing Yeshe Lama study groups / practice groups at the different Gars and Lings of the DC.
Organizing transcripts of the talks to be available at low cost.
Have the retreat cost be on a sliding scale so that no one is turned away from lack of funds, and clearly publish this.
Have the retreat allow for doable work study for anyone seeking it.
I am sure that many other ideas of kindly changes can be thought of and forwarded to K Yeshe for his kindly consideration.
We can all remember to send hugs to K Yeshe,