Picture of Ogyen Trinley Dorje visiting Rinpoche’s three year retreat in Delhi, New York, Karme Ling, in 2008 the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss whether we can work and practice at the same time
The old man believes you can work and practice at the same time.
“And look how that worked out for us.”
Their son, now a grown man, one day beat Karl up in a drunken rage and threatened to kill Virginia.
“Our son was just a teenager when you and your husband decided you had to be the first of Rinpoche’s students to do his three year retreat.”
“I was glad to have him move in with me, but I regret it.”
“I don’t blame him one bit for hating us.”
Somebody had to be the first of Rinpoches students to do his three year retreat.
“I’m sorry but I think that is just messed up.”
“In Tibet it was a thing, everyone supported the idea.”
“In Tibet you spent your life in retreat though.”
That’s the rub.
Rinpoche had an agenda.
“Rinpoche needed some pretense to make his students lamas.”
“His plan was that after retreat they would serve as our lamas here in Chicago.”
“That isn’t how it worked out though.”
No, obviously, it didn’t quite work out as Rinpoche had expected it would.
End scene. Fini.
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