Tibetans carry the dharma in their mouths, the Chinese carry the dharma in their wallets

Picture of the public spectacle Ogyen Trinley Dorje wants to foist upon the American public, good luck explaining to your friends, family, and neighbors what groveling on the ground like a dog before its master has to do with being a Buddhist

“This Wadsworth, Illinois business is an obvious attempt by the Chinese to Bigfoot American Buddhism like it is trying to do in India, the birthplace of Buddhism, all in the name of remembering Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, the last Karmapa of a Free Tibet, best known for refusing to live in a Tibet occupied by the Chinese who are picking up the tab for his stupa here.”

So says Allen.

“I dread the monument to spiritual materialism Ogyen Trinley Dorje and his partners in crime back in Asia have in mind for us.

Caroline responds.

“Rangjung Rikpe Dorje didn’t chose to pass into parinirvana in America’s heartland for.”

Caroline adds.

“This is exactly what His Holiness taught us to reject as Buddhists.”

End scene. Fini.

A presentation of the Naropa Prairie Dog Players for your entertainment pleasure.

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3 responses to “Tibetans carry the dharma in their mouths, the Chinese carry the dharma in their wallets

  1. jacdsr

    My first experience of prostration was in 1971 at San Francico Zen Center, at the beginning of a Suzuki Roshi teaching. I started giggling as I went down, but it felt good! Several prostrations later, I see its utility in losing or relaxing the ego. Thanks to Geshe YongDong for this explanation:

    Many western students cannot accept the idea of prostrating because they think they are giving something of themselves up to the teacher or the statue in front of them. Some people have told me, that no, they cannot bow down to anyone. They do not want to give “control” of themselves to someone or something else. They think of prostration as a sign of weakness. It is the ego who does not want to prostrate. It is the ego who does not want to let go, to give up its control or power. And, it is the ego that is our source of suffering.

    First, let me say, prostration in the Tibetan spiritual sense is not a sign of weakness! When done with pure intentions and devotion, it becomes an act of respect; compassion for all sentient being; purifies your negative past and present karma; and, creates positive merit for yourself. When you practice prostrations, what are you losing? What do you give up? You loose nothing except your ego attachment! You give up your ego! The more or bigger the ego – the more suffering. The lesser or smaller the ego – the less suffering you have.

    Why not give up the ego? If we can free ourselves or even lessen our suffering, why would we not want to give up the ego? That is the view of Buddhist teaching.

    When you do prostrations in front of a teacher or master, you not only are giving up your ego, you are showing respect to his or her Buddha nature within. Every sentient being has Buddha nature. So the simple idea of prostration is to give up the ego and show respect to anothers Buddha nature.

    The Tibetan word for prostration is “chag tsal”. Literally,”chag tsal” means sweeping or cleaning all the dirt in your house, outside or inside. So prostration is the cleaning, purifying all the negative karma of past lives or your present life, from your physical, mental and spiritual home. Your body, speech and mind. That is why we call prostration”chag tsal” – it is to clean and purify.

    Karma is created by the ego through what we Tibetan Buddhists call the three doors, “gosum” – which are, the body, the speech and the mind.”

    • okiebuddhist

      I don’t disagree with you, Jacdsr. I prostrate visually or physically to make a connection to buddhanature–the ultimate space of wisdom and non-self taught by the kings and queens of mahamudra.

      The three doors–body, speech, and mind–are phenomena we have clinged to our entire life. Prostrations, for me, break down the notion of physicality. Mantras, prayers, and supplication further deconstructs the view that speech is a sound wave impacting our physical being, including clinging emotions or distractions. And visualizations during a prostration process allow for emptiness to present itself fully as realization of Buddha nature.

      I view prostrations as one method of cutting through materialism and the build up notion of self. It’s a purification process that provides a method of seeing our true nature, which is karma-less.

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