No more Internet for Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s followers according to the Tsurphu labrang?

Picture of Ogyen Trinley Dorje the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss the Tsurphu Labrang’s declaration of war against transparency as it pertains to followers of his Karmapa yangsi Ogyen Trinley Dorje…

Virginia begins.

“I for one very much appreciate what the Tsurphu labrang is doing to protect His Holiness from our getting up in his business online.”

Virginia continues.

“It is long over due as far as I’m concerned.”

Jonathan replies.

“I thought it odd that the Tsurphu labrang didn’t make His Holiness available for comment after the Paris attacks.”

Jonathan continues.

“And now this.”

Virginia replies.

“His Holiness speaks, through his labrang, and we listen.”

Virginia continues.

“As it should be.”

Caroline replies.

“I disagree.”

Virginia replies.

“Regardless, we have our marching orders.”

Sally replies.

“No more Internet for followers of Ogyen Trinley Dorje?”

Jonathan replies.

“The Tsurphu labrang will continue to post photographs to his official website of His Holiness for the Karmapa’s followers to look at online.”

Jonathan continues.

“The Tsurphu labrang will also keep us updated on his Karmapa’s activities and anything else he believes we should know about His Holiness. ”

Virginia replies.

“No more talking out of turn online.”

Caroline replies.

“Unless your practice is vajrayana.”

Virginia replies.

“I disagree.”

End scene. Fini.

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7 responses to “No more Internet for Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s followers according to the Tsurphu labrang?

  1. I think if there is confusion about whether a site is official, then I understand the point of Labrang’s cease and desist. E.g., the Facebook page – I think that’s pretty confusing; in fact, when I first came across that page I wondered if it was the Karmapa’s ‘official’ page. At a common sense level, I can see why this problematic for anyone with a public and visible presence.

    Other than that – I don’t see where the statement is really much of anything. Maybe, if I tap into the cynic – you could argue that you need to protect your trademarks in order to maintain the trademark status; however, I feel the more common sense approach makes more sense – just trying to keep some order in the wild west that is de internetz.

  2. Richard

    Like well trained children, devotees of the Labrang should be seen but not heard.

    • Caroline begins.

      “After the 16th Karmapa died in 1981 I wondered what it would be like.”

      Caroline pauses.

      “Thirty years into this process.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “We now know.”

  3. Georgia

    Maybe Tsurphu Labrang is taking their cues from China as far as style of communication goes…

  4. Doris

    If only this database existed in the early ’90s. We’d have none of this Karmapa Controversy crap.

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