Once you’ve obtained an Invite, and signed up for Mattermost, you can submit Dhamma questions here. Tip: Here’s one way you can arrange these 2 windows side by side: this window, and Mattermost. Middle-click that immediately previous link (as in, press and release the mouse wheel without rotating it), or on a Mac, hold down the “Command” key, while clicking that link. Then Mattermost opens in a new web browser tab. Drag this new tab away from your web browser to open it in a new window. Then arrange these 2 windows side by side: this window, and Mattermost. Note: I promise I won’t spam you, if you sign up for a Mattermost user!

I live-stream a 1-hour Dhamma talk just below, every Saturday night, 7:30pm MDT (Alberta time), which is Sunday morning 9:30am, Malaysia time. For all other times outside that, the embedded video player just below will display an error message. Note: you can see past recorded Video Dhamma Talks, on the front page of this site here.

Are you watching in Android? Wondering how you can see this page, and Mattermost at the same time, while I’m streaming a video?

There is a neat trick possible in Android (which I call the “face hovering” trick), to see both my video Dhamma Talk, and Mattermost in the background. It will look similar to this:

How to do this?

1) If you don’t already have it, please install VLC in Android. Launch it.

2) Open the “burger” menu (three horizontal bars) in the upper left corner.

3) Tap “Stream”:

4) Paste in the following:

https://ctbc-hls.secdn.net/ctbc-live/play/st-8gvyct4pd.smil/playlist.m3u8

…and press the Orange Arrow (just to the right of that)

5) Once the video (my face) is displayed fullscreen, and you can hear me speaking, great. To make the video shrink down to a rectangle, use the “Pop-Up Player” feature of VLC (and this works in Android only; it’s not found in VLC for iOS on an iPhone!):

  • 5a) tap the screen to reveal the controls.

  • 5b) To the right of the Pause/Play button at the bottom, is a menu button with three circles. Tap that and a menu pops out.

  • 5c) In there is “Pop-up Player”. Tap that and the video (my face) turns into a small hovering rectangle. You can drag it to whatever corner of the screen you like.

  • 5d) Now switch apps to your web browser, where you are logged into Mattermost. It should now look similar to the screenshot above.

Are you watching on an iPad? Wondering how you can see this page, and Mattermost at the same time?

Similarly to Android, there is a VLC for iOS. After reading the directions above for Android, here is what you’d do differently.

You can approximate the “Pop-Up Player” feature (which VLC for Android is capable of, but not VLC for iOS) using the so-called “Picture in Picture” feature with iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Air 2 and later, or iPad mini 4 and later. See here for more details (search for “Picture in Picture” there).

Note: in VLC for iOS, the “Stream” menu item has a different name: “Open Network Stream”

Are you watching on an iPhone? Wondering how you can see this page, and Mattermost at the same time?

iPhone’s don’t have any way to show two web pages at the same time (or VLC in Pop-up Player mode, plus another app in the background). It’s advisable to use a laptop instead of an iPhone. On a laptop, you can show the video stream in one window, and have Mattermost beside it, in a second window. Or if you have no laptop, maybe show my talking head on your iPhone, and have Mattermost on your iPad.