YouTube Broadcast Details:
(Revisions below effective July 1, 2021)
There are three types of retreats that Rinpoche offers: open, advanced, and online. The text below describes the qualifications for each one.
Open, foundational, six or seven-day retreats are open to everyone with no prerequisites for attendance.
These retreats require students to be a student of a Vajrayana and/or Dzogchen master and having received pointing out instructions. If you did not receive pointing out instructions directly from Tsoknyi, Mingyur, or Tulku Urgyen Rinpoches, you are asked to watch an open retreat teaching by Tsoknyi Rinpoche to familiarize yourself with his use of terms and style of teaching before attending the retreat. Once you register, a link will be sent to you by the Registrar with this retreat.
Online Retreats – Q & A’s
We offer two kinds of online retreats:
Practice Questions and Answers
To attend online retreats, you must be a student of a qualified Vajrayana or Dzogchen master. Pointing out instructions are not necessary for these teachings.
You Tube Broadcasts:
We often broadcast our “in person” retreats from our retreat center in Crestone, CO, (both open and advanced). The qualifications for these are the same as noted above for open and advanced retreats.
Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions regarding the above. ([email protected])
Please Note: Occasionally Rinpoche will require a certain number of previously attended retreats (including at least one open retreat) to attend a particular advanced teaching.
To test that you are able to view YT videos, simply visit www.youtube.com and watch some videos. If these can be viewed with relatively good video/audio quality and limited or no buffering, then you should be okay for our broadcast.
To view YouTube’s recommendations for the most current browser versions, click https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/175292?hl=en.
Without the most up-to-date version of your browser, you may be able to watch the YT videos, but may have problems using YouTube’s newer features. You can check what browser version you’re currently using at https://www.whatsmybrowser.org/ For instructions on how to upgrade, visit your browser’s help resources:
Many retreatants report that wearing a set of quality headphones is very helpful. Laptop speakers may not be loud enough for most viewers to hear the subtle content of guided meditations and instruction.
If you are using Google Chrome: The link to the Audio EQ browser plugin allows you to boost the volume of your web browser video. This can also be helpful for increasing the volume of some of Rinpoches teachings: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/audio-eq/lfafdlnjaliaghpjdajmlcnnblkgcefh
Keep in mind that viewing videos over a 4G-cell connection will take several gigabytes of data for the entire retreat. If you are only using a cellular connection, make sure that you have a data plan with your provider that allows you to add data if necessary. You may have to check on this. A broadband internet connection (wired or wireless) is recommended.
YT will send video at the resolution and data rate that your internet connection is able to best display. If you are experiencing considerable buffering or delays, you can change the quality settings on YT to a lower resolution by clicking the gear icon in the lower right of your YouTube playback screen. Changing these settings to a lower rate may help with the buffering, but reduces quality to some degree.
To make sure that you are ready to view the videos on YouTube, it is recommended that you use the latest version of your favorite web browser.
It may be possible to playback the YouTube playlist on your Smart TVs. Careful attention needs to be used when typing in the address for Smart TV viewing. Because there are so many manufacturers and brands of “Smart TVs,” we will not offer technical support on accessing the YouTube playlist on Smart TVs.
Should you have questions on the YouTube registration or payment aspect of this retreat, please contact Susan at [email protected].