How our living room became Chicago KTC, a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center

Picture of Rangjung Rikpe Dorje performing the Black Crown ceremony in Boulder, Colorado back in the day, before today’s KTD, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Karma Kagyu sect’s monastic seat in North America became a thing for us

“I met Rangjung Rikpe Dorje through Chogyam Trungpa, which is to say I saw His Holiness at the Blackstone theatre.

Virginia continues.

“I was living in this old mansion on the North Side, there’s a condo there today.”

Virginia pauses.

“One of the girls I shared the place with was a student of Trungpa’s at the time.”

Karl replies.

“This was before me, her hippy dippy days, I had joined the Air Force.”

Karl continues. 

I was stationed in Germany at the time, my answer to avoiding the draft.

Karl adds.

“But that’s how we ended up turning our living room into what is today Chicago Karma Thegsum Choling in Cicero, Illinois of all places.”

End scene. Fini.

A teachable moment brought to you by the Naropa Prairie Dog Players for your entertainment pleasure.



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5 responses to “How our living room became Chicago KTC, a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center

  1. okiebuddhist

    I wonder how much it cost then to see the 16th Karmapa. And, were there personal times for people to receiving pointing out instructions? I am sure you might say, stay tuned! 🙂

  2. we attended the Black crown ceremony for ten dollars in 1979

  3. SocioEcoRadical

    $10 in 1979 equals $34.68 today, more than any suggested donation for any empowerment I’ve been to. But, today, due to the continuing growth of most sanghas in the west, it can be difficult to find a teacher to spend one on one time with to receive pointing out instructions, though one on one time isn’t necessary depending upon one’s connection to the teacher or level of realization due to implementing the Vajrayana practices

    • The comparison is between being asked for a donation at the door, as was the case in 1979 with Rangjung Rikpe Dorje and how it is with Ogyen Trinley Dorje in 2015 with his premium priced ticketed events.

      Let’s be clear what this dialogue is about.

      It is not about the cost of living in 1979.

      Is Ogyen Trinley Dorje raising money for his sect under the guise of teaching us the dharma?

      What the players are suggesting in their discussion here is that he is.

      This is how it appears to them, nothing more.

      What we have are three people talking to each other.

      Reasonable people reading this exchange may feel otherwise.

      There is nothing here to either accept or reject in this.

      This is simply what the characters are talking about.

      They don’t like what is happening as they see it.

      Are they alone in this regard?

      For instance, in Germany the that Ogyen Trinley Dorje taught on the subject of equality at a premium ticketed event, if you paid the 1000 euro price for the weekend you got free parking in front of the venue and an exclusive audience with the young man.

      This is something so different than how it was with Rangjung Rikpe Dorje that it an issue for the players.

      Even people who wanted to see Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Germany couldn’t get into his ticketed event thanks to the nature of the event, which was to raise as much money as possible from his appearance.

      Thanks for playing along with the Naropa Prairie Dog players.

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