Paris, 11/13, the morning after, and the teachings of the Buddha

Picture of Le Bataclan, a place in Paris we will be hearing a lot about in the coming days, the old man has instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Prairie Dog Players discuss the 11/13 attacks in Paris, yes, it is now a thing, the morning after the attacks…

Allen begins.

“I agree with Sharon Salzberg that we should never as Buddhists speak of other people’s karma.”

Virginia replies.

“According to Sharon.”

Karl adds.

“What is that supposed to mean?”

Virginia continues.

“In the sutras the Buddha taught…”

Sally replies.

“That the Buddha said something to someone else in the past does nothing for me in the present.”

Allen replies.

“When I was in Paris two years ago I stayed across the street from Le Bataclan at Francoise’s sister’s place.”

Allen continues.

“The last thing I want to hear is a lecture on karma.”

Virginia replies.

“Like it or not, it’s a teachable moment.”

Sally replies.

“Okay.”

Sally continues.

“What did the Buddha have to say about what happened?”

Caroline replies.

“As a dharma practitioner one of the things I have learned over the years is how to not freak out in moments like this.”

Caroline continues.

“On 9/11 Traleg Rinpoche was in NYC.”

Caroline adds.

“It was his day off.”

Sally replies.

“And.”

Caroline replies.

“He experienced what happened just like anyone else that was there that day.”

Allen replies.

“That’s my kind of Buddhism.”

Virginia replies.

“I’m just glad I didn’t have the karma to experience what happened yesterday.”

Karl replies.

“And you wonder why nobody wants you to be their lama.”

End scene. Fini.

Another episode of Pulp Buddhism brought to you by the Naropa Prairie Dog Players and by viewers like you, thank you for your support.

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