I submit for your consideration “So that happened…”, an account of Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s visit to Chicago KTC from @copedog, Rob, who reached out to me on Twitter in response to my post on the subject. He had posted on his account of it on his blog “Chard Times” based on his role in the historic visit.
I know Rob as a frequent re-tweeter of my content on Twitter. Like me he lives in Chicago, but in Bucktown, on the near Northwest side though, a historically sketchy neck of the woods here. Unlike nearby Wicker Park, Milwaukee and Damen, further northwest, Bucktown, Milwaukee and Western, on the CTA blue line has yet to be gentrified, which is to say, like myself he is no stranger to life on the streets here.
He’s a carpenter by trade, like my son, Jeff, who joined Habitat for Humanity when he was younger. Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s visit to Chicago wasn’t his first rodeo. He sat around the Shambhala “campfire” as he put it to me, so he knows our common history as it pertains to how the swan came to the lake. He can write, too. We had an interesting discussion of the exploitation of labor, which Tibetan Buddhism has a long and sordid history, of which Ogyen Trinley Dorje supports in the name of “preserving” Tibetan culture. I took him to task for not charging Ogyen Trinley Dorje for this labor as a carpenter.