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    Doctrinal Dispute (NLD)

    by , 12-14-2014 at 08:23 PM (665 Views)
    I was sitting with two women friends (no one I know RL) across a table from the Dalai Lama. One of the women was showing us pictures of a guy she said had just died. The pictures were a vertical strip of three, like those that come out of a photo booth, only larger format, about 3x4 I guess, vertically aligned. What was more striking was the figure in the photos, which didn't look human, but like a skinny reddish angry muppet with an open howling mouth and a shock of hair over its eyes, a bit like Animal but more gangly.

    I recognized him at once, though: "That's Kelsang Gyatso," I told the other women. "He's like a dissident, except in relation to mainstream Tibetan Buddhism. It's over some stupid doctrinal dispute." Then I remembered that the Dalai Lama was sitting right across the table and I blushed and apologized, since obviously the dispute was important to him and I hadn't meant to offend. "I just meant it seems stupid to people on the outside."

    The Dalai Lama gently admonished me, "It is better not to say things that you might have to apologize for." I felt like retorting, "I know, but I'm not enlightened," but recognized that he was right so I just nodded in acknowledgment.
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    1. ThreeCat's Avatar
      Cool dream! I like how thought about coming back at the Dalai Lama, but then just accepted it. It made me laugh
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    2. Verre's Avatar
      I have no idea why I dreamed this. I'm well aware of NKT and the whole Dorje Shugden controversy, but it doesn't have much personal relevance for me. When I woke up I even had to google "Kelsang Gyatso" to see if I'd gotten the name right, and was a bit surprised that I had! And it was amusingly awkward to find myself inadvertantly offending the Dalai Lama.