Salut mes amis !
When Trungpa arrived in the States back in 1970 Rinpoche had to up his game as an intellect just to hold an intelligent conversation with the caliber of intellects his presence in our country brought to his doorstep.
It was of course a given at the time that we had done our due diligence and read everything we could get our hands on the subject of Buddhism before even considering sitting at Rinpoche’s feet to study the dharma with him.
It was simply who we where as people, in all things against the status quo of our times, especially suspicious of religious authority in particular, what Trungpa later came to call out as the “spiritual materialism” of what has become the norm for China’s safe short Karma Kagyu lineage of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and his creatures.
“The thousands of lines of the Prajñāpāramitā can be summed up in the following two sentences: 1). One should become a Bodhisattva (or, Buddha-to-be), i.e., one who is content with nothing less than all-knowledge attained through the perception of wisdom for the sake of all beings. 2). There is no such thing as a Bodhisattva, or as all-knowledge, or as a ‘being,’ or as the perfection of wisdom, or as an attainment. To accept these contradictory facts is to be perfect.”
The Prajñāpāramitā Literature
Cited by Karl Brunnhölzl
The center of the sunlit sky
Today in 2016 for followers of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, China’s safe short Karma Kagyu lineage as taught here by its creatures, lama Kathy and lama Karma, for their students who read this blog, to even suggest as the early adopters of the Karmapa in America once presumed to be self evident, is condemned without question to be blasphemy against all their teachers insist to be sacred, a violation of samara and a ticket to vajra hell for anyone who would even consider such a thought.
It is time for us to have a frank discussion as Karma Kagyu about how this came to be so for us today.