All roads lead to Yushu, Guru yoga as paracosm…

Picture of the airport in Yushu the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss how you can take a Rinpoche such as their guru, Khenpo Karthar, out of where he is from, but in the end there is no separating Khenpo Karthar from Qinghai Thrangu Tashi Choling…

Allen begins.

“For me, where Khenpo Karthar came from, China’s Wild West, was a thing for me.”

Allen continues.

“A paracosm in which Rinpoche comes from this place to be my guru.”

Caroline replies.

“This is how guru yoga works, it is all in our heads.”

Allen replies.

“Where Rinpoche was from was a thing for me from the moment I first heard he would be here in Chicago.”

Allen pauses.

“I had been meditating on my own, reading, contemplating what I read, and sitting for what I then thought was a long time, since I was a sophomore in college.”

Caroline replies.

“When you are 22 years old spending five years doing something can feel like an eternity.”

Sally replies.

“It must have been something, a young Khenpo Karthar, straight outta Yushu.”

Allen replies.

“Old school Yushu in the house to drop some knowledge for us here in Chicago.”

Sally replies.

“I would have been all over that, too.”

Allen replies.

“Thirty four years this past September Rinpoche told me we would never again be apart as guru and disciple.”

Allen pauses.

“This is my origin story.”

Sally replies.

“Here we are though, in 2015, and Yushu, one of the most remote places in China, once upon a time has an airport.”

Allen replies.

“I hear you.”

Caroline replies.

“Good in the beginning, good in the middle, good in the end.”

End scene. Fini.

Another episode of Pulp Buddhism brought to you by the Naropa Prairie Dog Players and by viewers like you, thank you for your support.



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4 responses to “All roads lead to Yushu, Guru yoga as paracosm…

  1. Sara

    Happy New Year!

  2. Randy

    One would hope Tsurphu Labrang would have something to say about deaths of Tsetrul Rinpoche and Chatral Rinpoche. They were phenomenal teachers- so very important to buddhadharma.

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