That time KTD demolished Meads Mountain House after saying it wouldn’t…

Picture of KTD’s 2011 demolition of historic Meads Mountain House in Woodstock, New York, the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss how they see what all the fuss is about…

Virginia begins.

“I have many a fond memory of the place.”

Karl replies.

“It was quite intimate in a rustic kind of a way as I remember it.”

Virginia replies.

“At the top of the stairs was Rinpoche’s room.”

Karl replies.

“How apropos.”

Virginia continues.”

“From downstairs I would look up and count my blessings if I had the good karma to see Rinpoche above.”

Karl replies.


Karl continues.

“Too bad KTD didn’t hold up its end of their understanding with the people of Woodstock, New York.”

Virginia replies.

“Tenzin Chonyi knows nothing of there being such an agreement in regards to what was to become of Meads Mountain House.”

Karl replies.

“They trusted the Karma Kagyu lineage.”

Caroline replies.

“If I may jump in here.”

Caroline adds.

“KTD is not the Karma Kagyu lineage.”

Caroline continues.

“It is the monastic seat of a faction of a sect of Tibetan Buddhists.”

Caroline pauses.

“Ogyen Trinley Dorje, his sister, a Chinese Khenpo representing Mr Chen of course, and Ponlop Rinpoche’s younger brother, his labrang, following in his father’s footsteps, the 16th Karmapa’s labrang.”

Karl replies.

“I stand corrected.”

Virginia replies.

“It is a shame we couldn’t afford to do anything with the place when it could have made a difference.”

Karl replies.

“That was before Chen Lu-an, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Taiwanese benefactor, became a thing for us.”

Virginia replies.

“If not for the generosity of Mr Chen and the Chinese community there would be no KTD to speak of today.”

Virginia pauses.

“Say what you will of China they have more than held up their end of the deal with the Karma Kagyu sect.”

Virginia replies.

“From the enthronement of Ogyen Trinley Dorje forward up to the present China has been nothing but good for us.”

Virginia continues.

“Do you think Americans paid to demolish Meads Mountain House.”

Virginia adds.

“No they did not.”

Virginia replies.

“Just like everything else at KTD it was the Chinese who made it possible.”

Karl replies.

“That’s the issue.”

Karl pauses.

“How it is that in 2011 KTD came to be in the position to do what it did in 2011.”

Karl replies.

“We have a right to know what happened.”

Virginia replies.

“I disagree.”

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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