That time you figured out Rinpoche is way conservative…

Picture of Donald Trump the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss how they brought the conservatism of their guru, Khenpo Karthar, to their practice of guru yoga…

Allen begins.

“Before I met Rinpoche I had a thing about not trusting anyone over thirty.”

Jonathan replies.

“It was a thing after Watergate for us in the 1970’s.”

Sally replies.

“Did nobody consider the fact that they would someday be over thirty?”

Allen replies.

“In our minds at the time this was an open question.”

Jonathan replies.

“Rinpoche was already in his fifties when he came here.”

Virginia replies.

“Chicago KTC was our living room.”

Karl replies.

“If only I knew what I was signing up for back then.”

Virginia replies.

“I have no regrets.”

Allen replies.

“I have fond memories of just sitting with Rinpoche in the sun room.”

Allen pauses.

“Rinpoche noted the auspiciousness of the circumstances of our being together at that moment in time.”

Allen continues.

“I knew I couldn’t trust him, but I didn’t care.”

Virginia replies.

“That’s no way to talk about an enlightened being.”

Allen replies.

“Rinpoche doesn’t think of himself like that, nor has he ever expected me to think of him as such.”

Allen pauses.

“That’s your thing.”

Karl replies.

“Tell me about it.”

Allen replies.

“It obviously went without saying that Rinpoche represented a reactionary Tibetan status quo, albeit a disrupted one.”

Allen pauses.

“Nonetheless, for better or for worse, I took the plunge.”

Caroline replies.

“It’s better to distrust your guru, keep your nose rope in hand, rather than trust your guru and let him lead you around by your nose.”

Virginia replies.

“I disagree.”

Virginia pauses.

“I’ve never questioned anything Rinpochre has ever told me.”

End scene. Fini.

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7 responses to “That time you figured out Rinpoche is way conservative…

    • Jonathan begins.

      “According to Reuters working with the United Front Work Department makes Shugden supporters collaborators?”

      Virginia replies.

      “They are barking up the wrong tree.”

      Sally replies.

      “It sounds like an open and shut case of collaboration.”

      Caroline replies.

      “The Karma Kagyu sect has been working with the very same people for over thirty years now.”

      Caroline pauses.

      “Akong Rinpoche was a ranking member of the United Front Works Department.”

      Virginia replies.

      “You say that like its a bad thing.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “According to Reuters it is.”

      Virginia replies.

      “That’s just ridiculous.”

      Virginia pauses.

      “What does that make Ogyen Trinley Dorje?”

      Caroline replies.

      “Well, if not for the United Front Work Department he never would have been enthroned as 17th Karmapa at Tsurphu monastery in occupied Tibet.”

      Jonathan replies.

      “To say nothing of the United Front Work Department’s recent recognition of a Traleg Yangsi at Thrangu monastery.”

      Jonathan pauses.

      “These things didn’t just happen.”

      Virginia replies.

      “That doesn’t mean the Karma Kagyu sect has been coopted by the Chinese.”

  1. Keira

    Personally, KKR’s intense conservative views allow me to work through my daddy issues.

  2. Isabel

    Daddy issues?

    What the hell do daddy issues have to do with dharma practice?

    • Allen begins.

      “Whatever issues we bring to the guru-disciple relationship is our dharma practice.”

      Allen pauses.

      “My issue is authority.”

      Caroline replies.

      “You had to know Rinpoche in his fifties to get the daddy issue thing.”

  3. Robert

    Looks like the karma Kagyu are still going to be able to line their pockets and increase building projects for the next five years in China…

    China to continue financial support for Tibet – Business Standard https://apple.news/Av3QTbX5sOHWouQ71U6e8GQ

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