The mentioned post looks like it is referring to receiving the teachings online via live webcast.
I didn't see anything there about recordings.
Perhaps some are not getting that a recording of a online webcast is not the same as a live online webcast.
It's addressed specifically, go back and read the whole thread please.
So unless we are missing something, Garchen Rinpoche does indeed say that the recordings are valid empowerment with the qualifying circumstances that he mentions, and when one cannot make it in person. I am glad to hear about it if someone interprets his words differently, but they read as pretty unambiguous to me. Note though, eh does mention that the recordings are not some excuse to not go in person as well.Hello Everyone,
We have received several inquiries asking if one actually receives the empowerment if done by streaming, and following is Rinpoche’s reply:
“The touching of the vase to the crown of the head is the outer empowerment. The inner empowerment is to visualize yourself as the deity. The real empowerment is to realize the nature of your mind.
“When you cultivate bodhicitta, that is the real deity, and when you do this, that is when you actually receive the empowerment over the internet.
“If you live near the temple and think, ‘Oh, I don’t need to go to the temple; I can just receive the empowerment over the internet,’ that is not the right motivation. If you have the opportunity to come to the temple, then you should come.
“If you don't live nearby and cannot come, but with all your heart would like to, that is the right motivation for receiving the empowerment over the internet.”