If you are a Tibetan Buddhist can you work and practice at the same time?

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.

Virginia replies.

“I couldn’t.”

Karl adds.

“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.

Virginia pauses.

“In Tibet.”

Karl replies.

“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.”

Karl adds.

“I was glad to have him move in with me, but I regret it.”

Karl continues.

“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.

Sally replies.

“I’m sorry but I think that is just messed up.”

Virginia replies.

“In Tibet it was a thing, everyone supported the idea.”

Karl replies.

“In Tibet you spent your life in retreat though.”

That’s the rub.

Rinpoche had an agenda.

Karl replied.

“Rinpoche needed some pretense to make his students lamas.”

Karl adds.

“His plan was that after retreat they would serve as our lamas here in Chicago.”

Sally adds.

“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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