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…
“In the Vajrayana the guru need not be a teacher to us.”
“How our guru appears to us is ultimately on us.”
“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.”
“Most Karma Kagyu early adopters were more about interpreting the teachings they received for themselves than preserving Tibetan tradition for future generations.”
“I blame Chogyam Trungpa.”
“Rinpoche called it spiritual materialism.
“Rinpoche wasn’t alone in the belief that Tibet was a thing of the past as far as Tibetan Buddhism was concerned.”
“China has been good for the Karma Kagyu libeage.”
“China has been good for Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Karma Kagyu sect.”
“How about the Tibetan people?”
“Not so good.”
“How is that not a thing for us?”
“It was a gradual process.”
“Suddenly how Tibetans practiced Buddhism became a thing for us.”
“When was that?”
“Around the time we are talking about, after the 16th Karmapa passed in 1981.”
End scene. Fini.
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