And then Vajradhara came to America

Between 1974 and 1981 my generation of Karma Kagyu were all about the Vajrayana.

The 16th Karmapa was Vajradhara, a disruptor of paradigms.

Before the 16th Karmapa we thought we knew what Buddhism was, the Mahayana.

More opiate for the masses.

We weren’t big fans of religions.

Tibetans, especially monks, were part of the problem.

They were the establishment in Tibet whom the Tibetan people rose up against.

And then Vajradhara came to America.

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4 responses to “And then Vajradhara came to America

  1. Sam

    The establishment serves a purpose, they carry forward the accumulated knowledge from previous generations.
    Knowledge and study is useful, but only given wisdom and the means to practice.
    Being able to relate such knowledge in an appropriate form according to the wisdom of the receiver is tricky.
    There are a few people who understand and can practically utilize this knowledge with wisdom, even if the lama doesnt. Even if the lama is reciting it blindly without any wisdom whatsoever, there are those who gladly tolerate foolishness to hear it.
    Because those who have wisdom know ultimately it’s all up to themselves anyway.
    I think it’s good to stay alert, use your critical judgement and approach anyone claiming to be an authority with caution.
    As far as vajrayana goes…. your own innate wisdom is the ultimate guru. That guru is the same as the innate wisdom of the entire lineage whether this or that lama utilizes or knows this themselves.
    If your lama wants to wear a chicken suit and black garter belts while he beats the disciples with a whip, you may choose to not participate. It’s ultimately up to yourself.

  2. Anitra

    The Karmapa, a banker and a Roman Catholic priest walk into a bar….

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