What common cause I once felt with Tibetans as a dharma practitioner I feel no more

If this is what Tibetans are into in 2017 I want nothing to do with these people:


My preference:




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5 responses to “What common cause I once felt with Tibetans as a dharma practitioner I feel no more

  1. wow the photo of the mönlam is really real kitsch. But also the days of the second photo were over, when the Vajradhatu community grew. Rick Fields: “To some it began to seem that the earlier days of wild, improvised dharma had given way to a kind of bureaucratic buddhism. There was a fair amount of nostalgia among the older students for the days when all you had to do was open the door to Rinpoche’s room at the Tail of the Tiger to find yourself. admitted to the inner circle of people sitting around, gossiping at the feet of the teacher, who more often than not seemed to barely stifle a yawn at all the familiarity. The trick was that most people thought something special, something you had to be invited for, was going on. In fact, nothing special was: it was often as boring as sitting on a zafu in the attic shrine room upstairs. No matter how close you get to me, Rinpoche seemed to be saying, you can still miss the point entirely. ” Rick Fields, How the Swan Came to the Lake, New Age Magazine, 1977.

    • Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche being the middle aged Tibetan monk he was at the time made for a different dynamic in our living room sangha here in Chicago from Trungpa’s as pictured.

      I never saw Rinpoche as other than Vajradhara.

      I expected the unexpected.

      I had never encountered an adult like him in my life to date.

      Being from Quebec I identified with the Tibetan struggle.

      Where I’m from the French and the English have been going at it since their defeat in 1759 at Quebec City.

      I never imagined that Tibetans would prove to be such sell outs.

      The Francophones of Quebec will never give up on Independence.

      It’s part of their creation myth, that of the survivors of the winter of 1603, a society over 400 years in the making which makes it Québécois.

      As it turned out Tibetans are no Quebec-like separatists, but the opposite.

      What Rinpoche did in escaping the Chinese was heroic.

      To survive Buxador was no small accomplishment.

      It was a death camp.

      I thought him a hero of the Tibetan cause, a dedicated Cold Warrior.

      As it turned out he was just doing what he did without a second thought.

      If the 16th Karmapa told him to jump off a cliff he would have without a second thought.

  2. Jane

    I loved Trungpa’s zen style. All you need on stage is a chair, flowers and a fan. No Chinese light show needed.

  3. nikolas kaugon

    as i have said before i think trungpa was proof. along with donald trump , that you can sell anything to shallow americans, if you tickle their egos correctly. the proof is in the pudding and all this wonderous display resulted in bureaucracy and alcoholic dementia. but it was full of sizzle!!

    i don’t think all tibetans have sold out. i don’t know what karmapa is up to, it looks worrisome. others are working for some freedom for tibet.

    • After the 16th Karmapa passed into Parinirvana Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Akong Rinpoche, and so on sold out the Tibetan cause to the Chinese.

      After a mere 22 years in exile these men decided they had enough of us.

      They got old.

      They saw in our change oriented counterculture a threat to their traditional Tibetan values, and so on.

      We were too much for them.

      Middle aged, homesick, done living in exile, whatever the reason, they found common cause with the Chinese against us.

      And the Tibet’s exiled elites that fled the Chinese in 1959 followed suit.

      This isn’t about us.

      It’s about what these men did after the 16th Karmapa passed away in 1981.

      They sold out the Tibetan cause.

      Being from Quebec, a place where the French have resisted the presence of the English in their country since 1759, I have no use for collaborators.

      In 1976 I left Quebec to go to college in the States.

      I’m not French.

      I was given an ultimatum.

      When I was ready to graduate High School I was told that unless I agreed to leave Quebec I would not get a High School diploma for my lack of proficiency in French, something the majority of French speaking High School graduates of the day could not do.

      The test was to ethnically cleanse Quebec of the English.

      I graduated at the top of my class so I had no problem getting into college in the States.

      I had no choice but to leave Quebec.

      As much as I hated what happened to me I have over the years since come to respect the cause.

      It’s a huge part of who I am, always have, always will.

      I’ve spent my entire adult life living here in the States.

      It has always been weird for me.

      That being said I’d rather live as an American than as a Tibetan.

      Unlike me they can’t live as Americans do.

      It’s too much for them.

      I get that.

      It’s often a bit too much for me too.

      I love Chicago.

      I’m City person for the freedom being so affords me.

      When I venture outside of its metropolitan areas I’m out of my element in this country.

      I get why Tibetans found life here to be too much for them.

      What I don’t get is their preference for the Chinese.

      In 1959 the Chinese invaded Tibet.

      Tibet is today part of China and Tibetan Buddhism has harmonized itself to China’s occupation of Tibet.

      I can’t respect this.

      I want no part of it.

      I would rather live in freedom as an American than as Tibetans prefer to live as the Chinese people do for lack of the freedom to live otherwise.

      BTW some of the most clueless people I have ever met were Canadians.

      They actually think that Quebec is part of Canada.

      Until Canada comes to terms with Quebec the most clueless people I know are Canadiens.

      The French of Quebec will never give up on Independence.

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