Is Tibetan Buddhism for everyone?

Picture of Khenpo Gangshar and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoches instagramed by the old man to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss whether or not Tibetan Buddhism is for everyone

“If you aren’t willing to put in the effort there is no place for you in Tibetan Buddhism.”

Virginia continues.

“It simply isn’t for everyone.”

Karl replies.

“Khenpo Gangshar.”

Virginia replies.

“Here we go again.”

As the story goes Khenpo Gangshar was guru to three men from Kham whom fled China’s occupation of Tibet and ended up teaching us what their teacher taught them, his teaching,

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The old man received this practice from one of those three men from Kham, his teacher, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.

In retrospect, if you think about it, it only made sense for Rinpoche to do so given the circumstances.

When the old man asked Khenpo Karthar to teach him he wasn’t asking Rinpoche to teach him how to be a Tibetan Buddhist.

Sally replies.

“I received this very same teaching from Khenpo Karthar myself here at Chicago KTC.”

Karl replies.

“That’s my point exactly, this teaching is for everyone.”

Caroline adds.

“This is what we all were taught back in the day, that this teaching was for everyone.”

Caroline continues.

“Tibetan Buddhism, aa such, only became a thing for us much later.”

The three men from Kham are Chogyam Trungpa, Khenchen Thrangu, and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoches.

As the story goes.

Virginia replies.

“But Khenpo Gangshar was Nyingma, this teaching aren’t even Karma Kagyu canon.”

Karl replies.

“Nonetheless all three Rinpoches saw fit to teach us this teaching.”

Karl adds.

“Despite his not being a member of the Karma Kagyu sect of his day, despite the novelty, for lack of a better, as a teaching.”

Go figure.

End scene. Fini.

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2 responses to “Is Tibetan Buddhism for everyone?

  1. bluebuddha

    Dynamite photo! Where’s it from?

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