Picture of Milarepa the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss Milarepa’s final words to his disciples as told by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche…
“Tibet, how things were done in Tibet, was a bad thing as far as Chogyam Trungpa was concerned, back in the day.”
“Like this, from Chogyam Trungpa on Milarepa’s last words to his students.”
When I die, don’t build statues or stupas to my memory.”
Instead, raise the banner of meditation.
Reject all that increases ego-clinging or inner poison, even if it appears good.
Practice all that benefits others, even if it appears bad.
This is the true way of Dharma.
Since life is short and the time of death unknown, devote yourselves wholly to meditation.
Act wisely and courageously according to your innate insight, even at the cost of your life.
In short, act in a way that you will not be ashamed of.
“Where did you get that?”
“From Gabby, who found it in Chogyam Trungpa’s collected works, volume five, Milarepa: a warrior’s life.”
“Nice catch, Gabby.”
“When was this quote from in terms of the history of the Karma Kagyu in the West?”
“Before Khenpo Karthar’s arrival in 1977.”
“The way we were.”
“Mao died in 1976.”
“The 1975 Snowmass Seminary happened.”
“Nothing is permanent, nothing stays the same forever.”
“I had no idea this way of thinking was ever a thing for us.”
End scene. Fini.
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