How is it that we have two Karmapas and not a leader between them?

Picture of our response to the Paris attacks the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss how it is that we have two Karmapas but not a leader between them when called upon to lead us in our hour of need…

Sally begins.

“The respective Karma Kagyu sects of both Karmapas claim to have a following in the West.”

Jonathan replies.

“Both organizations claim that their Karmapa, like Karmapas past, are born leaders, even as children, men of action as the title Karmapa implies.”

Sally replies.

“Is this in fact true?”

Jonathan replies.

“Historically Karmapas have in times of war have been peacemakers.”

Sally replies.

“How do you explain then how when we in the West need such a Karmapa neither Karmapa Yangsi appears to be such men of action?”

Allen replies.

“We are talking about kids raised in monasteries by monks that treated them like an egg.”

Virginia replies.

“It is our karma to suffer.”

Caroline replies

“I disagree.”

Sally replies.

“I don’t know about Karmapas past but our two young Karmapas are clearly not leaders of anyone but members of their respective sects as far as I can tell.”

Caroline replies.

“That both sects dropped the ball when it came to preparing their respective Karmapas to follow in the footsteps of Karmapas past comes as no surprise to me as a lifelong Karma Kagyu.”

Virginia replies.

“I disagree, at least as far as Ogyen Trinley Dorje is concerned.”

End scene. Fini.

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One response to “How is it that we have two Karmapas and not a leader between them?

  1. Virginia, I disagree on the part of Karmapa Trinley Thaye. What qualities do you think make or break someone as a leader, better yet as a Karmapa?

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