“Which terrorist attack is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche responding to?” 

Picture of Mingyur Dorje the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss Rinpoche’s November 30th 2015 statement on how to respond when we are attacked again, our new normal…

Virginia replies.

“Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s silence after the Paris attacks was wise beyond his years.”

Karl replies.

“You are doubling down on that argument?”

Virginia continues.

“I applaud the Tsurphu Labrang for not making His Holiness available for comment after the Paris attacks.”

Sally replies.

“I have questions about Mingyur Dorje’s statement of November 30th.”

Sally adds.

“What does our practice have to do with our being attacked?”

Virginia replies.

“We have nobody to blame but ourselves according to Rinpoche.”

Virginia adds.

“We may not want to hear this but that doesn’t change the Buddha’s teaching on this subject.”

Caroline replies.

“That isn’t what Rinpoche said.”

Virginia replies.

“He said to do as he does.”

Virginia continues.

“Stick to your practice and dedicate the merit of doing so to the victims of whatever attack is distracting you from your practice.”

Allen replies.

“We are at war with Islam as far as the French are concerned.”

Allen pauses.

“I’m against this.”

Jonathan adds.

“Either way, like it or not, being attacked by our enemies is our new normal.”

Sally replies.

“I don’t see what sticking to our practice and dedicating the merit does to help anyone.”

Virginia replies.

“If more of us did as Rinpoche advises the world would be a much better place.”

Virginia adds.

“It is our lack of merit that is the cause of all the bad things that happen to us.”

Caroline replies.

“I don’t see it that way at all.”

Caroline pauses.

“Nothing happens.”

Jonathan replies.

“At least that is what Rangjung Rikpe Dorje used to tell us.”

End scene. Fini.

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16 responses to ““Which terrorist attack is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche responding to?” 

  1. At first I didn’t understand Sally’s comment, “I don’t see what sticking to our practice and dedicating the merit does to help anyone.” But then I realized that nothing really happens when you’re sitting on your @$$. Ha! If you want to help people, you just have to stand up and do it.

    • Tania

      Virginia is so obsessed with merit accumulation.

      As if mandala offerings will make ISIS go away.

      This thinking was instrumental in the Chinese success in taking Tibet so easily. Virginia’s obsession with preserving the old ways leaves her looking out of touch…

      • Virginia replies.

        “I aspire to be as out of touch as possible.”

        Virginia continues.

        “That’s what Rinpoche does.”

        Sally responds.

        “I’m not a 91 year old Tibetan.”

        Sally continues.

        “This does nothing for me I’m afraid.”

        Virginia replies.

        “Nothing happens to us that we don’t have the merit to experience.”

        Virginia replies.

        “You aren’t helping.”

        Virginia replies.

        “The best thing I can do to help you is by doing what I have been told to do.”

        Virginia replies.

        “And that is to do my practice and dedicate the merit to the benefit of sentient beings.”

    • Virginia replies.

      “The Buddhist response is to do nothing.”

      Virginia continues.

      “There is no making any of this right as long as our view is wrong.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “There are Buddhists that think that way obviously.”

      Virginia replies.

      “Rinpoche does.”

  2. Rose

    Ah! Well there we have it: right view involves responding to the views of a 91 year old man and his harem of sycophants.

    Praise Buddha!

    Virginia makes it look so easy; that’s what happens when you don’t think!

    • Virginia replies.

      “Sticks and stones may break my bones.”

      Karl replies.

      “She has always been like this.”

      Virginia replies.

      “To question what Rinpoche does is nothing but laziness on my part.”

      Karl replies.

      “When Rinpoche was in his fifties she was like this.”

      Virginia replies.

      “A true view doesn’t change over time.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “I know Rinpoche knows better than that.”

  3. Jacob

    Virginia and lama karma definitely are the guardians of the wellspring of cool-aide at KTD.

    • Virginia replies.

      “You say that like it’s a bad thing.”

      • Bret

        Virginia, tomorrow is vajrayogini day!

        I offer the tsok of this dance to you. Will you accept it as an expression of devotion and love of the guru?

        Or should I stick to butter lamps and cash offerings?

        • Sally replies.

          “I don’t know what that is supposed to mean.”

          Virginia replies.

          “The best way to deal with the aggression of others is to not make a big deal out of it.”

          Sally replies.

          “More cray cray for the Rinpoche?”

          Jonathan replies.

          “Not necessarily so.”

          • Bret

            Virginia, I just practice from the heart. Never been good at blindly following the rules, um, I mean sect.

            Curious that you call it aggression… 😰😰😰

            • Jonathan replies.

              “Our original church lady here in Chicago.”

              Caroline replies.

              “A favorite of Rinpoche’s.”

              Virginia replies.

              “Somebody has had to take care of Rinpoche the last thirty-four years.”

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