Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s hopes for the commodification of Buddhism in India! / Les espoirs de Khyentse Rinpoché Dzongsar pour la marchandisation du bouddhisme en Inde!


I submit for your consideration Dzongzar Rinpoche’s “How India Is Squandering Its Top Export: The Buddha”from the Huffington Post.

I’ve been focused on completing the first chapter of my autobiography “Chez Barbe: @ryderjaphy on Twitter” so when I first read the article I had not noticed that it was from Rinpoche until someone in my stream retweeted the link and a little light went off in the recesses of my reptile-like blogger brain reminding me that I haven’t updated it, my blog, in a while and that this article would be an excellent opportunity to do so.

Oh, snap. It is a totally different read when you realize that the article is written by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. No he didn’t! Check this out from the article.

“India purports to value its heritage, but in practice acts more in accord with Western, worldly, materialist and non-spiritual values than with the profound wisdom its traditions have bequeathed to the world. And so, while India proudly claims its place as the world’s largest democratic country, the Buddha remains a stranger to most Indians. Indeed, India’s educated intellectuals know more about Marx and Marxism than about Buddha and Buddhism.”

I haven’t had the opportunity to drill down into the piece. That being said it doesn’t appear that Rinpoche is giving Nahendra Modi much credit for making India being the birthplace of Buddhism the centerpiece of his foreign policy.

I like this part about Burma, you go Rinpoche.

“Diluting the truth and watering down historical facts in the name of secular political correctness serves nobody. On the contrary, denying reality and burying the truth actually nurture extremism, even in traditionally non-violent cultures like Burma where Buddhists have acted violently towards Muslim neighbours.”

That being said, does not Dzongsar Khyentse’s Bhutan have an issue with its Nepalese Muslim minority? I thought I remember reading something about the issue last year when Nepal took exception to the fact that Shamar Rinpoche had a Bhutanese passport.

Has it been a year since the Shamarpa’s Parinirvana already? Not quite. Anyway. Here we are with something interesting. You would think that Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s being here would be interesting. The Karmapa’s Twitter feed hasn’t been updated since last month. I thought I saw something about His Holiness visiting Princeton but nothing that anyone is talking about in my Twitter stream.

Karmapa Chenno!

Je soumets à votre considération Dzongzar Rinpoché “Comment l’Inde gaspille Son Haut Export: Le Bouddha” dans le Huffington Post.

J’ai été axée sur l’achèvement du premier chapitre de mon autobiographie “Chez Barbe: @ryderjaphy sur Twitter” alors quand j’ai lu l’article que je ne avait pas remarqué que ce était de Rinpoché jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un dans mon flux retweeted le lien et un peu de lumière s’en alla dans les recoins de mon reptile comme blogueur cerveau me rappeler que je ne ai pas mis à jour, mon blog, dans un certain temps et que cet article serait une excellente occasion de le faire.

Oh, snap. C’est une lecture totalement différente quand vous réalisez que l’article est écrit par Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoché. Non, il n’a pas! Check this out de l’article.

“Inde prétend à valoriser son patrimoine, mais dans la pratique des actes plus en accord avec l’Ouest, mondaine, matérialiste et les valeurs non-spirituelles qu’avec la profonde sagesse de ses traditions ont légué au monde. Et donc, alors que l’Inde affirme fièrement sa place de plus grand pays démocratique du monde, le Bouddha reste étranger à la plupart des Indiens. En effet, les intellectuels instruits de l’Inde en savoir plus sur Marx et le marxisme à environ Bouddha et le bouddhisme.”

Je ne ai pas eu l’occasion de descendre dans la pièce. Cela étant dit, il ne semble pas que Rinpoché donne Nahendra Modi beaucoup de crédit pour faire de l’Inde étant le berceau du bouddhisme la pièce maîtresse de sa politique étrangère.

J’aime cette partie de la Birmanie, vous allez Rinpoché.

“Diluer la vérité et édulcorer les faits historiques dans le nom de la rectitude politique laïque sert personne. Au contraire, nier la réalité et d’enterrer la vérité fait nourrir l’extrémisme, même dans les cultures traditionnellement non-violents comme la Birmanie, où les bouddhistes ont agi avec violence l’égard des voisins musulmans. “

Cela étant dit, ne Bhoutan Khyentse Dzongsar ai un problème avec sa minorité musulmane du Népal? Je pensais que je me souviens avoir lu quelque chose sur la question l’an dernier lorsque le Népal a pris exception du fait que Shamar Rinpoché avait un passeport bhoutanais.

At-il été une année depuis Parinirvana du Shamarpa déjà? Pas assez. De Toute Manière. Ici, nous sommes avec quelque chose d’intéressant. On pourrait penser que l’être de Ogyen Trinley Dorje ici serait intéressant. Twitter de Le Karmapa n’a pas été mis à jour depuis le mois dernier. J’ai pensé que je ai vu quelque chose à propos de Sa Sainteté visite Princeton mais rien que ne importe qui parle dans mon flux Twitter.

Karmapa Chenno!



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16 responses to “Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s hopes for the commodification of Buddhism in India! / Les espoirs de Khyentse Rinpoché Dzongsar pour la marchandisation du bouddhisme en Inde!

  1. Didi

    Will your namthar be translated into Tibetan?

  2. Warrenz

    Modi apparently responding positively to request by Sikkim Chief Minister for Ogyen Trinley to visit Rumtek in this report (points 11 and 12):

    With Modi due to visit Sikkim in December, could we see an announcement this year?

  3. Oh? Is Buddhism not the center of the universe that it’s elite followers need it to be? Why is this published in english. Clearly, the barbarians aren’t evolved enough to do anything about furthering Buddhism. India is inept now too? I guess Tibetans are really the only ones getting it right. How sad for the rest of us.

    • It is time for Tibetans to become citizens of India. There is a path to naturalization available to those Tibetans living in India but they think themselves to good for the country that has kept them whole for over half a century now. Until Tibetans living in India become citizens of India they have no right to complain about the place to us. The problem with India vis à vis Buddhism is not that it has failed to commodify Buddhism. The problem as such are Tibetans, India’s Buddhists, and their relationship to their elites, the very same elites that lost their homeland to their former Chinese neighbors over fifty years ago.

  4. Didi

    Good point. I’ve read The piece several times. It actually comes off with a resentment and complaining that has become typical of DKR.

  5. Karma Tashi Namgyal

    Reminds me of Alan Watts, “Buddhism is Hinduism stripped down for export.”

    • Kim

      Khyentse Rinpoche is fighting a losing battle. India only cares about Buddhism when it serves its historical cultural narritive. It does not seek to imbue its larger culture with Buddhist values unless they reflect a shared perspective with the Hindu tradition. His balking at Buddha being considered an avatar of Vishnu reflects the same sectarianism that he is complaining about. As for Nepal, well, it’s been caught in an internal debate between democracy, monarchy and Marxism. Does Khyentse Rinpoche believe that the celebration and adoption of a Buddhist value system in a primarily Hindu country with a leadership that leans Marxist will solve the problems of one of the poorest countries in the world?

      He clearly has drunk the cool-aide around Bhutan’s claim that it’s adoption of Buddhist solved the problems of all problems there. But as Bill brings up, the Nepali minority there has suffered terribly (both Hindu and Muslim) at the hands of the upperclass “pure Bhutanese” Buddhist majority.

      It’s distressing that Khyentse’s conservative views are sucked up and worshipped by a western audience who lacks the confidence to examine with a critical lens his writings. It is as if his being a Tulku grants him an impeachable view.

      Consider his demand that all students of his refrain from using and tantric imagery on social media. It sounds very much like he enjoys the dictatorial position that he has been raised to appreciate. He, like many Tibetans of the same religious caste, like Ponlop Rinpoche for example, have no place assuming that they can speak for the common person, anywhere!

  6. Kim

    I don’t think I’m an American exceptionalist at all, I just feel like my bullshit meter goes crazy when Khyentse writes such whiney drivel.

    Seriously, it’s almost as if the only reason these rants of his make it into Huff Post is because he’s a Tulku. Put anyone else’s name on it and it wouldn’t received a lick of attention.

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