Picture of OTD meeting Chinese dissident Liao Yiwu in 2012 the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss how living in a Chinese world isn’t just about the money his Chinese followers are willing to give his Karma Kagyu sect, versus how much we give him, greediness, but instead something much closer to home for anyone that lives in his neck of the woods…
“That His Holiness lives in a Chinese world, a world in which he is recognized as a living Buddha by China’s government, versus the world in which we live, where His Holiness is, as The New Yorker described him in 2015, as being the Bieber of Buddhism is a no brainer as far as I’m concerned.”
“It goes without saying that OTD being China’s official choice for 17th Karmapa was a historic development in Sino-Tibetan relations.”
“It’s not like His Holiness has somehow rejected us in favor of them, his Chinese followers, as some have suggested in response to our discussion of the upcoming Kagyu Monlam here.”
“To suggest that the cost of this year’s Kagyu Monlom is driven by OTD is a bit of a stretch.”
“The cost of OTD’s Kagyu Monlom is driven instead by the support of China’s government for the event.”
“That OTD’s Kagyu Monlam is a million dollar event hosted by their choice for 17th Karmapa is a triumph for the Chinese government.”
“This is what has driven the cost for this year’s Kagyu Monlam as much as anything, China’s soft power hard at work in India, and at Bodhgaya in particular, where China is keen to use the site to bolster its claim that it is the leader of the Buddhist world.”
“Historically, and geopolitically, this makes sense to me intellectiually.”
“Personally though, I don’t really care one way or the other, in terms of my dharma practice.”
“It’s spiritual materialism and I want nothing to do with it as such.”
“I’m sure His Holiness will somehow manage without your support.”
End scene. Fini.
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