padma norbu wrote:
the webcasts due to poor recording quality,
Are you sure you're not having internet problems? Or when was the last time you listened to a webcast? I think the quality is just fine most of the time.
his accent, the long pauses with a translator hurriedly repeating everything in a different language, plus all of these factors combined with technical Tibetan language terminology which he often expects his students to know while he is teaching.
Funny enough I have no problem with his accent or translators in this case, I have a little problem when I have to listen to the translator when the teacher is speaking in Tibetan only. I've found that it's much harder for me to pay attention in such cases.
I think he explains most of the Tibetan words, though many times it's hard to "hear" the Tibetan words. I think this is due to Tibetan language itself though, not the quality of the sound. So many times if I don't know the word in advance, I won't be able to understand which word it is (this actually happens on occasion in my own and English language too). Like I remember one time he said "Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo" and to me it sounded like gibberish basically. With listening to many webcasts and recordings though I think I tune into it more and more so it's easier to hear.
I have fallen asleep trying my damnedest to pay attention MANY times.
I've fallen asleep during the webcast myself several times, not good, though sometimes it can have interesting effects too hehe. I think for me it's because of my very poor sleeping habits but also as a friend told me, while receiving teachings, the same obstacles as during meditation can arise. In my experience it's also more difficult to pay attention while participating through a webcast than if you're at the teachings in person.
As far as I can tell, he's definitely an older, advanced student and extremely knowledgeable, seemingly able to pull a succinct and helpful answer out of his pocket like spare change.
Sure, I think so too.