A Buddhist blogger, and someone Japhy considers Vajrayana friendly, reached out to Japhy in response to his take on Dzongsar Khyentse’s Facebook update.
“Tricycle credited Justine for breaking the story. As a blogger, I’m happy for him.”
The only mentions Japhy has received in Tricycle, two, have been negative. Tricycle isn’t a fan of his.
“Somehow I have found the will to go on.”
Japhy is a work in progress, seven years in the making, and frankly, he will never be well received outside of his Vajrayana cohorts as a Buddhist.
“After launching a message board on MySpace, the Hate Club Buddhists declared me an enemy of Buddhism. Not much has changed over the years.”
Hate Club Buddhists insist that the burden of reconciling the Vajrayana to their Buddhism of hate, is Japhy’s and his cohorts to reconcile.
“Even Justin, who is Vajrayana friendly, expected me to justify the Vajrayana take on Dzongsar Khyentse’s Facebook update.”
Outside the Vajrayana, Dzongsar Khyentse’s Facebook update, has been taken to represent a Vajrayana code of conduct for social media.
“This is utterly ridiculous. That isn’t how the Vajrayana works.”
As Japhy pointed out to Justin, even if Dzongsar intended to promulgate a code of conduct for his encampment, it would only apply to that encampment.
“A perfect example of this is His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and his being a vegetarian.”
As head of the Karma Kagyu, it is his prerogative to dictate that his monastic encampment not serve meet.
“Khenpo Karthar has eaten meat for over eighty years. When the Karmapa said no more meat, as a Karma Kagyu monk, he stopped eating meat,”
Beyond this particular cohort and their encampment though, eating meat isn’t an issue for Japhy and his meat eating Karma Kagyu cohorts.
“Nothing in the Vajrayana is one size fits all.”
As a blogger of Buddhist Ethics, Justice welcomes someone stepping up and formulating a Social Media code of conduct.
“With all due respect to my fellow Buddhist blogger, that dog won’t hunt. Sometimes a Facebook update is just a Facebook update.”
If there was such a thing as Buddhist Ethics, Justin would respect Japhy and his Vajrayana cohorts in this regard.
“As initiates, Dzongsar Khyentse’s Facebook update, if it was a code of conduct, would concern us first and foremost.”
The fact of the matter is that Dzongsar Khyentse’s was responding to the actions of the people he friended back on Facebook. Nothing more.
“For instance, Dzongsar Khyentse’s 1600 member monastic encampment, has not been asked to abide by the dictates of Rinpoche’s Facebook update.”
Even if it applied to these specific cohorts, it would not apply beyond their particular encampment.
“In the Vajrayana, we come together as cohorts in our respective encampments, and pretty much do as we see fit as individual cohorts as members of our encampments.”
Japhy is perfectly okay with the uninitiated poking their noses in Vajrayana business. He’s all for transparency.
“We have nothing to hide as Buddhists. If you have a question, all you need to ask.”
As a Vajrayana Blogger though, a credible source on the subject of the Vajrayana in Social Media, neither Justin nor Tricycle reached out to Japhy for a Vajrayana response to Dzongsar Khyentse.
“This just blows my mind as a Vajrayana cohort. Buddhists simply refuse to allow us a place in the public square.”
Japhy thinks Justin is great, but unfortunately, he is pretty typical as a Buddhist in his bias against the Vajrayana.
“In the Vajrayana we take the first turning, and the second turning, refuge and Bodhicitta respectively, as the basis of everything we do.”
Instead of inquiring what this means for us, Justin wrote in his blog that Dzongsar Khyentse is wrong in saying Vajrayana is based on the Hinayana and Mahayana.
“So much for Buddhist Ethics. This is clearly biased against the Vajrayana.”
On Reddit when Japhy posts a link to Tinfoil Ushnisha it is routinely listed as controversial.
“A perfect example of Reddit’s bias against Vajrayana bloggers.”
Tinfoil Ushnisha is on the forefront of challenging the anti-Vajrayana status quo on the Internet.
“Hopefully, someday Reddit will see fit to not routinely label Tinfoil Ushnisha as controversial.”
It’s an uphill battle for Japhy and his Vajrayana cohorts online.
That Buddhist are so hateful in their bias against the Vajrayana is nothing new to Japhy.
“I’ve been dealing with this hatefulness since MySpace,”
Japhy has faith in Justin though.
“He’s good people. Reddit is probably a lost cause.”
Japhy recommends reading Justin’s post on Dzongsar Khyentse’s Facebook update on his “The American Buddhist Perspective” if this subject interests you.
“I’m chilling this morning over a cup of joe at Metropolis Coffee Company on Granville Avenue in Edgewater.”
It’s a mild day so Japhy is taking advantage of the January thaw here in Chicago.
Anyway, Japhy has embarrassed himself enough for one day. Karmapa Chenno!