A discussion of whether or not Free Tibet is still a thing

Picture of Adam Yauch and Dalai Lama the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism which has the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discussing the politics of Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s faction of the Karma Kagyu sect

The old man has a snow lion tattooed on his neck.

Virginia replies.

“I’m not a big fan of his neck tattoo.”

Virginia adds.

“It makes him look like a Hells Angel.”

This is apparently a thing in Quebec.

The old man’s mother had a cow.

She refused to be seen in public with him when he visited St Bruno.

Sally replies.

“Rock on, grandpa.”

Sally adds.

“I can only imagine what his son’s bride’s family made of him at the wedding.”

They’re from South Carolina.

Sally continues.

“The idea of a Free Tibet was a thing for his generation.”

The Beastie Boys, Ill Communication, Sabotage.

Virginia replies.

“I never understood the connection between the Beastie Boys and the Dalai Lama.”

Virginia adds.

“The Vinaya prohibits singing and dancing.”

Virginia continues.

“Rinpoche just got back from visiting Thrangu monastery.”

Sally replies.

“I want to know how that is possible.”

Caroline replies.

“Rinpoche accepts that Tibet is part of China.”

Caroline adds.

“And all the better for it.”

The old man never understood this.

Caroline adds.

“He’s all about Thrangu monastery.”

Virginia replies.

“Rinpoche is a practical man.”

Virginia adds.

“So am I.”

The old man thinks HHDL made a mistake when he signed off on China’s approval of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as its choice for 17th Karmapa.

Caroline replies.

“Credit, or blame Akong Rinpoche, depending on your politics.”

End scene. Fini.

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3 responses to “A discussion of whether or not Free Tibet is still a thing

  1. Jackie

    Tibet is part of China just like former Indian, Mexican, Hawaiian, Russian, Spanish, and French lands are now part of the USA. The Tibetans are wise to play ball with the Chinese. If you can’t beat em, join em. If the Rinpoches stay out of politics and are careful about their speech, they seem fairly free to do what they want in Tibet.. Mixing religion & politics rubs me the wrong way anyway. That’s why I can’t stand to listen to the Republican debates..

    • The idea of a Tibetan not mixing politics and religion is an impossibility. In Tibet religion and politics are the same thing. Religion and politics are the way to control people, keeping them dumb and subservient. The Republicans do it for the same reason. Tibetan Buddhism is hopeless. The incarnate lama institution is the mechanism through which the control over the system is exercised. That is why the Chinese are so determined to control who gets selected because they want the control. The Tibetans are too dumb to realize that by continuing this outdated and fundamentally anti-Buddhist charade, they are playing right into Chinese hands. If they selected an Australian or an American to continue the lineage, China would have no way of controlling it but the Tibetans would also lose control. The Tibetans are gambling that they can continue to do things their way but in the end they will lose just the way they lost Tibet. The Chinese will choose the next Dalai Lama.

      None of this is about Buddhism or awakening as taught by the Buddha. Imagine being part of an institution that is actively working to thwart your awakening. Time to wake up.

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