A lot has happened since Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche went into retreat

Picture of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche enjoying himself in retreat made available online after the earthquake in Nepal that the old man has instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prarie Dog Players compare Yongey Mingyur Dorje’s before, during, and after four years living rough and off the grid in the wild

Here’s an after picture

Allen begins.

“He was the face of Tibetan Buddhism.”

Caroline replies.

“Now he looks like the sun burned face of Tibetan Buddhism.”

Jonathan replies.

“I prefer this picture taken of Rinpoche.”


Caroline replies.

“The other one.”

Caroline pauses.

“I imagine this is the look on Rinpoche’s face before being told.”

Allen replies.

“Insert your own punchline.”

Sally replies.

“I saw Rinpoche at KTC Chicago in Cicero.”

Virginia replies.

“His people had some issues with the event.”

Virginia adds.

“They would have liked it if the center had better publicized the event,”

Karl replies.

“Had the event someplace other than Cicero, Illinois.”

Sally replies.

“Rinpoche had a great time, regardless”

Allen replies.

“It was in the Spring, I remember Rinpoche grabbing a hat.

Allen pauses.

“Rinpoche wanted to go for a walk which involved his being driven somewhere it was safe to walk .”

Allen adds.

“So it was tense for a moment.”

Sally adds.

“Until Rinpoche appears wearing a floppy woman’s gardening kind of hat, something my mom would wear while doing yard work.”

Sally continues,

“A lot has happened over the past four years.”

Welcome back Mingyur Dorje.

Perhaps Ogyen Trinley Dorje should give retreat a try.

End scene. Fini.

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6 responses to “A lot has happened since Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche went into retreat

  1. He writes nice books. What is less nice is that he before the retreat tried to put pressure on the Gomde Sangha of his brothers to side with Ogyen Trinle. Most were with him anyway (of course Chokling not and Chökyi Nyima neutral) but the Sangha didn’t appreciate his intervention in theit personal internal affairs. And on top his father Tulku Urgyen had told them to see the two 17th Karmapas as the two apples of their eyes (and not Thaye Dorje as fake apple as Thrangu wrote).

  2. Jethro

    In defense of the commentator who maligned Thrangu Rinpoche, I do have to admit that this interpretation of the 5th Karmapa’s prediction regarding 16th/17th Karmapa remains fascinating.

    Mingyur Rinpoche is definitely the odd man out in relation to his brothers’ political views.

    Imagine what their thanksgiving conversation would be like…

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