It’s Third Friday here in Chicago.
Japhy and Gigi were at the opening for “Ego Exploitation Glorification” at the Zhou Brothers Arts Center in the Bridgeport neighborhood earlier this evening.
His Freshman year roommate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Harold Sudman, had a photograph in the show.
Japhy has been going to his openings since 1976.
Ar the gallery there was the kind of mix of old and young people that would make a KTC director green with envy/
Japhy liked this from William.
Personally glad you turned on the spam filter. Quite enjoy thoughtful, articulate, sincere differences of opinion, and will not stick around for thuggish, tedious, group-think or disingenuous ones.
A big difference between HHDL and HHGK is that the former succeeded to an inherently political position, and the Karmapas have had the good fortune and/or sense to be out of that game at that level for quite a while. There is nothing to be gained from getting into it again, although HHGK might be able to negotiate a better deal for the Tibetans in Tibet by remaining independent of the “government in exile” and dealing directly with the Chinese government instead.
Haven’t read _The Heart Is Noble_, but the stuff I have read from him in translation would not be considered remarkable if it had been written by Harold Schwartz of the lower Milwaukee KTC instead of the Karmapa. That’s sort of my test. If Harold Schwartz had written _As It Is_, I would be paying close attention to Harold Schwartz. Probably, most of his fellow KTC members would be shunning him as a pretentious poser. Form follows function.
What does “root teacher” mean in Karma Kagyu. In Dzogchen, it’s almost always described as the teacher who pointed out one’s true nature such that one could effectively take that experience as the basis for practice; so, if one hasn’t had that experience, one shouldn’t be talking about having a root teacher quite yet. Most people in Karma Kagyu talk about HHGK as their root teacher, even though they’ve never personally studied with him, let alone gotten a pointing out. It seems a little bit like the line, “God bless and keep the Tsar . . . far away from us.” If the Karmapa becomes this abstract symbol that people venerate without expecting it to impinge on their mundane lives any, then he seems sort of like a cargo cult, where people make up elaborate mystical transports over what washes up on the beach.
Hierarchy is not a substitute for direct spiritual transmission.
There’s a lot going on in this post.
William’s “Harold Schwartz” critique of the Karmapa as a Buddhist author being no more insightful than a randomly selected KTC member is spot on.
Japhy imagines the Karmapa with his English translator.
He is writing for people that think they can silence a blog without making the it go viral in the process.