Is KTD a cult? It all began so innocently

Picture of Rangjung Rikpe Dorje that the old man instagramed off of Werner Erhard’s web page, the world may have forgotten about EST, speaking of sentient mêmes, but for as long as something leaves a digital footprint it lives on, so to speak, and the cow jumped over the moon

I was looking at our numbers on Tinfoil Ushnisha and of our recent episodes the one where we discussed why young people in the 1970’s were into what Rangjung Rikpe Dorje was doing at the time has the most views at the moment so let’s take it from there.

Allen replies.

“He was checking us out.”

Allen adds.


So His Holiness is one of the stops on the hippy trail since forever, it was an experience, part of the coming of age for a generation.


That happened.

Sally adds.

“Great credential seeing the 16th Karmapa in Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, India, back in the day.”

Sally continues.

Which brings us to the Werner Erhard, EST is a cult-thing we began to explore the other day.

Allen replies.

“So W goes to India, invites HHK16 to America, but where is Trungpa in all of this vis a vis what the old man characterizes as a cult.”

Allen adds.

“What’s a cult?”

Caroline adds.

“Is KTD a cult?”

You just had to go there.

It all began so innocently, or not, we shall see.
End scene. Fini.

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  1. It’s a cult when those who claim to be teachers can’t transmit the dharma. The absence of Western Vajrayana monasteries and Western Vajrayana teachers after over 40 years of contact with the West is your answer. They couldn’t turn us into Tibetans, but we managed to turn ourselves into Western Buddhists. We don’t need their recognition.

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