That time a Tibetan Buddhist celebrated Thanksgiving…

Picture of the classic Norman Rockwell take on Thanksgiving the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss their experience with the holiday…

Caroline begins.

“One should not discuss a dream in front of a fool.”

Allen replies.


Sally replies.

“I don’t know what that is.”

Allen replies.


“A literary reference.”

Caroline replies.

“If my memory serves me, it is from the Mumonkan.”

Allen replies.

“The Gateless Gate.”

Virginia replies.

“What does this have to do with Tibetan Buddhism?”

Karl replies.

“Tell whoever you celebrate Thanksgiving with that you are more a student of Zen than anything a Tibetan would consider Buddhist.”

Sally replies.

“No talk of living Buddhas?”

Virginia replies.

“That’s more a Chinese thing.”

Karl replies.

“Hold on there.”

Karl continues.

“I thought China was the future of Tibetan Buddhism?”

Virginia replies.

“No country has more Buddhists than China.”

Karl replies.

“Spoken like a true lama.”

Virginia replies.

“And proud of it.”

Sally replies.

“So it’s another Thanksgiving spent alone for you this year.”

Virginia replies.

“It’s just another Thursday for me.”

Virginia continues.

“What kind of Tibetan Buddhist celebrates Thanksgiving?.”

Caroline replies.

“Speak for yourself.”

Sally replies.

“I see no reason to not celebrate the Holiday.”

Sally adds.

“I’m actually looking forward to hanging out with my mom.”

Sally pauses.

“She’s actually into Tibetan Buddhism.”

Allen replies.

“Any excuse for a party.”

Allen concludes.


End scene. Fini.

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10 responses to “That time a Tibetan Buddhist celebrated Thanksgiving…

  1. Tsering Rangdrol

    Happy Thanksgiving great white siddha of the American Karma Kagyu!!!

    • Caroline replies.

      “There is no telling of Pulp Buddhism without the response from Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s people.”

      Sally replies.

      “You see all this pushback as being on Ogyen Trinley Dorje?”

      Virginia replies.

      “That’s ridiculous.”

      Karl replies.

      “Who but supporters of Ogyen Trinley Dorje don’t want us to discuss w hat happened to Jamgon Kongtrul.”

      • Lama jampa

        May the dharmapalas provide right view!

        • Caroline replies.

          “This person may not be a lama but there is no denying where they are coming from as Buddhist.”

          Virginia replies.

          “I have no issue with dharma protectors.”

          Karl replies.

          “More lama talk.”

          Caroline replies.

          “Where were they the day Jamgon Kongtrul died?”

  2. Sanjeet

    Be that as it may, dear, it is the will of the lineage that he finally take his seat at Rumtek.

    That you wish to see him fail is incredibly disconcerting; how can you make such an aspiration?

    • Caroline replies.

      “Where does Ogyen Trinley Dorje find this people?”

      Caroline continues.

      “He isn’t a citizen of India.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “What his sect wants is irrelevant.”

      Jonathan adds.

      “It’s not like they are citizens of India.”

      Caroline replies.

      “It is clearly against India’s national interests to allow these people to get what they want.”

      Caroline pauses.


      Jonathan replies.

      “Ogyen Trinley Dorje is China’s choice for 17th Karmapa.”

      “His sect made this happen.”

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