Is there something to be said for sitting at Rinpoche’s feet?

Picture of travel poster from back in the hippy trail days the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players the difference between having a teacher come to us rather than have us go to them, which used to be a part of our process as Buddhists…

Virginia begins.

“Speaking of Rinpoches we had to travel half way across the globe to sit at their feet it is worth noting the recent passing of Tsetral and Chatrel Rinpoches.”

Allen replies.

“The way we where.”

Jonathan replies.

“It used to be if you wanted to study with a Rinpoche you had to travel to where Rinpoche lived.”

Sally replies.

“What changed?”

Jonathan replies.

“Here in the United States, the 1965 Immigration Act.”

Virginia replies.

“From the perspective of Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, His Holiness had had enough of us dropping in on him at his monastery in India.”

Allen replies.

“Turn on, tune in, and drop out.”

Jonathan continues..

“It never would have been possible for Rangjung Rikpe Dorje to send Khenpo Karthar here in the first place though, if not for immigration reform.”

Virginia replies.

“Regardless, after 1982 it was a moot point once rebuilding Thrangu Tashi Choling in Yushu, Qinghai. China, became a thing for Rinpoche.”

Virginia pauses.

“We are talking about a very small window in time, 1972 to 1982, a decade relative to centuries of tradition disrupted by the Tibetan diaspora.”

Allen replies.

“A window which gets smaller every time a diaspora Rinpoche passes away.”

Sally replies.

“I’m still trying to get my mind around the idea of traveling half way around the world to sit at a teacher’s feet.”

Allen continues.

“Rinpoche described our meeting an auspicious coincidence.”

Jonathan replies.

“At the time.”

Allen replies.

“I was okay with that, nothing lasts for ever.”

Allen continues.

“Something I was very much aware of at the time actually.”

End scene. Fini.

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2 responses to “Is there something to be said for sitting at Rinpoche’s feet?

  1. Bruce

    Timely post! Especially as people are lacking their bags with clothes and cash-money offerings for Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya.

    Nothing like blowing several grand to sit hundreds of feet from Karmapa’s and flood this otherwise charming Indian village with devotees who are scared of the local population.

    Karmapa Khyenno?

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