Picture of Osel Tendzin who as the story goes believed his samaya with his students whom he was having unprotected sex with would protect them from getting AIDS which tragically did not turn out to be the case and they all died thanks to their misunderstanding of Trungpa’s teachings on the subject back in the day
“As long as I do whatever I think the teacher I consider I have samaya with says my samaya remains pure.”
“If I do otherwise I’m damned for eternity in Vajra Hell for violating my samaya with the teacher I believe I have samaya with.”
“Samaya is indeed the touchstone of the Guru-Disciple relationship.”
“It is with the true nature of the mind, represented by Vajradhara in our tradition, but in fact, ultimately, our samaya is with ourselves.
“And not with the person we think of as our teacher, that’s just crazy talk, which is why it’s best to avoid speaking of samaya in such terms in my experience.”
End scene. Fini.
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