Speaking of the guru as the cause of our enlightenment in the Vajrayana tradition…

Picture of Ram Das and Chogyam Trungpa taken at a forum on psychology and spirituality sponsored by the Naropa Institute in 1974 the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss the role of the guru as the cause of our enlightenment in the Vajrayana tradition….

Virginia replies.

“His Holiness has decided that Mahamudra isn’t for us.”

Karl replies.

“That isn’t Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s call.”

Virginia replies.

“As far as I’m concerned then, if you insist.”

Caroline replies.

“I insist.”

Sally replies.

“Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t the boss of me.”

Caroline replies.

“In the Vajrayana the guru is taken to be the cause of our enlightenment”.

Caroline pauses.

“Having a guru is no substitute for enlightenment.”

Caroline adds.

“As my guru Ogyen Trinley Dorje is my equal.”

Jonathan replies.

“We don’t do inequalitt in the Vajrayana.”

Jonathan adds.

“We aren’t talking about the bodhisattva path.”

Allen adds.

“In the Mahayana the teacher is thought of as an elevated being.”

Virginia replies.

“We aren’t Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s equals.”

Virginia replies.

“His Holiness is a bodhisattva and we must venerate him as such.”

Allen replies.

“I rest my case.”

Allen continues.

“The Vajrayana is about equality.”

Virginia replies.

“The Karma Kagyu lineage has decided otherwise.”

Virginia replies.

“At least as far as we are concerned.”

Jonathan replies.

“Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s faction of the Karma Kagyu sect isn’t the Karma Kagyu lineage.”

Sally replies.

“I don’t know who these people who think they are the Karma Kagyu lineage are.”

Sally pauses.

“Whoever they are, whatever they think they are, they aren’t the boss of me.”

Caroline replies.

“That’s the ticket.”

Caroline continues.

“Bring that emotion, just as it is to your practice and enlightenment in this lifetime will be yours.”

Virginia replies.

“Fail to submit the Karmapa’s wishes and you will end up in Vajra hell.”

End scene. Fini.

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4 responses to “Speaking of the guru as the cause of our enlightenment in the Vajrayana tradition…

  1. Sean

    Amen, Brother. Peace unto thee and thy tribe!

  2. We have a history that predates Buddha. 😉

    • Virginia replies.

      “What does that mean?”

      Karl replies.

      “What do you think it means.”

      Virginia replies.

      “It means I think Situ Rinpoche was right about us.”

      Virginia pauses.

      “If not for Mr Chen the Karma Kagyu would be no more.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “Don’t look at me.”

      Jonathan continues.

      “It could mean a lot of things.”

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