China found in Situ Rinpoche a Tibetan they could work with…

Picture from 2013 of the 17th Kagyu Gunchö the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss the historic taking back of their religion by Tibetans from its early adopters in West that happened back in the late 1980’s here…

Allen begins.

“In the Vajrayana the guru need not be a teacher to us.”

Allen continues.

“How our guru appears to us is ultimately on us.”

Virginia replies.

“This is a perfect example of why when Mr Chen Lu-an reached out to Situ Rinpoche with China’s offer to allow his Karma Kagyu sect the opportunity to take back their religion from us that Rinpoche jumped at the opportunity.”

Jonathan replies,

“It’s true.”

Jonathan continues.

“Most Karma Kagyu early adopters were more about interpreting the teachings they received for themselves than preserving Tibetan tradition for future generations.”

Virginia replies.

“I blame Chogyam Trungpa.”

Allen replies.

“Rinpoche called it spiritual materialism.

Caroline replies.

“Rinpoche wasn’t alone in the belief that Tibet was a thing of the past as far as Tibetan Buddhism was concerned.”

Virginia replies.

“China has been good for the Karma Kagyu libeage.”

Jonathan replies.

“China has been good for Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Karma Kagyu sect.”

Sally replies.

“How about the Tibetan people?”

Caroline replies.

“Not so good.”

Sally replies.

“How is that not a thing for us?”

Jonathan replies.

“It was a gradual process.”

Karl replies.

“Suddenly how Tibetans practiced Buddhism became a thing for us.”

Sally replies.

“When was that?”

Karl replies.

“Around the time we are talking about, after the 16th Karmapa passed in 1981.”

End scene. Fini.

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2 responses to “China found in Situ Rinpoche a Tibetan they could work with…

  1. I suppose where some feel blame others feel gratitude.

  2. Joesef

    It’s a bit of a Hegelian Dialectic, no?

    One thing Situpa did well was to understand the importance of placing Karmapa in the Tibetan power vacuum in China, and then with the death of HHDL, globally.

    Very cunning.

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