Situ Rinpoche’s historic breakthrough in Sino-Tibetan relations…

Picture from 1959 of HHDL leading Tibet’s ruling class into exile instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss how thirty years later the Chinese turned Situ Rinpoche into a collaborator against the cause of a Free Tibet…

Virginia begins.

“Situ Rinpoche didn’t collaborate with the Chinese.”

Virginia continues.

“HHDL approved.”

Jonathan replies.

“This is true.”

Jonathan continues.”

“Mao had died and it was a new day for China.”

Virginia continues.

“China reached out to Situ Rinpoche as head of the Karma Kagyu sect.”

Jonathan replies.

“A Taiwanese elite in favor of unification with Mainland China, Chen Lu-an, reached out on behalf of China’s reform minded Communists Party to Situ Rinpoche as the leader of a faction of a divided Karma Kagyu sect in the midst of a succession crisis prompted by the untimely death of its leader, the 16th Karmapa.”

Caroline replies.

“Enter Mr Chen Lu-an.”

Caroline continues.

“The birth of the Rolex Rinpoche.”

Virginia replies.

“Show some respect.”

Virginia continues.

“You are talking about a Bodhisattva, an enlightened being.”

Caroline replies.

“My bad.”

Caroline pauses.

“I met your enlightened being at Zion in 1981.”

Sally replies.

“He must have been just a kid at the time.”

Caroline replies.

“We all were.”

Virginia replies.

“Again, we are talking about a Bodhisattva, an enlightened being.”

Caroline replies.

“If you believe in such things.”

Caroline adds.

“I don’t.”

Allen replies.

“We’re all enlightened beings.”

Jonathan replies.

“Anyway, thirty years later the Chinese approached Situ Rinpoche with the opportunity to make a historic breakthrough in Sino-Tibetan relations.”

Jonathan continues.

“And with the motivation of an enlightened being a young Situ Rinpoche seized the moment, for better or for worse only time will tell.”

Virginia replies.

“I can live with that for the sake of our discussion.”

Jonathan continues.

“We need not denigrate Rinpoche to discuss what happened.”

Caroline replies.

“As long as we get to discuss what happened I can keep how I feel about Rinpoche to myself.”

Jonathan replies.

“Fair enough.”

End scene. Fini.

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  1. Stacy

    Say what you will about Situ Rinpoche.

    Some call him great bodhisattva, others mere religious huckster politician. At the end of the day perhaps he is a bit of both with human foibles tossed in for good measure.

    This is a useful resource in understanding the pedigree that he may have been trying to live up to:

    http://www.thlib.org/static/reprints/jiats/07/pdfs/debreczenyJIATS_07_2013.pdf

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