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….
“His Holiness has decided that Mahamudra isn’t for us.”
“That isn’t Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s call.”
“As far as I’m concerned then, if you insist.”
“Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t the boss of me.”
“In the Vajrayana the guru is taken to be the cause of our enlightenment”.
“Having a guru is no substitute for enlightenment.”
“As my guru Ogyen Trinley Dorje is my equal.”
“We don’t do inequalitt in the Vajrayana.”
“We aren’t talking about the bodhisattva path.”
“In the Mahayana the teacher is thought of as an elevated being.”
“We aren’t Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s equals.”
“His Holiness is a bodhisattva and we must venerate him as such.”
“I rest my case.”
“The Vajrayana is about equality.”
“The Karma Kagyu lineage has decided otherwise.”
“At least as far as we are concerned.”
“Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s faction of the Karma Kagyu sect isn’t the Karma Kagyu lineage.”
“I don’t know who these people who think they are the Karma Kagyu lineage are.”
“Whoever they are, whatever they think they are, they aren’t the boss of me.”
“That’s the ticket.”
“Bring that emotion, just as it is to your practice and enlightenment in this lifetime will be yours.”
“Fail to submit the Karmapa’s wishes and you will end up in Vajra hell.”
End scene. Fini.
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