I thought this was a pretty interesting response: http://tinfoilushnisha.wordpress.com/
Far be it for Japhy to tell Dzongsar Khyentse how to do Facebook, but it is Japhy’s opinion that Rinpoche needs to pump his breaks on his so-called Social Media Guidelines.
“With all due respect, If Dzongsar doesn’t like what he’s seeing in his Facebook stream, that’s entirely on Rinpoche, and of no concern to us.”
Given how Dzongsar Khyentse’s latest book, which Japhy loves, “Not for Happiness,” is in an open invitation to anyone intent on misappropriating the Vajrayana, perhaps Rinpoche should focus his attention on a code of conduct for Rinpoches.
“Personally, I’ve never received anything from Khenpo Karthar, or any other Rinpoche, that can’t be shared. I haven’t a clue what he feels needs protection.”
Clearly, as far as Japhy can tell, Dzongsar has had his fill of people he has friended on Facebook that share with him what he believes shouldn’t be shared.
“A fish rots from the head. We aren’t the problem. The problem of over sharing of the Vajrayana begins and ends with the Rinpoches.”
Not to put too fine a point on this, if Dzongsar Khyentse has friended people on Facebook who post Tantric images, mantras and syllables, nobody has forced Rinpoche to follow these people.
“I’m not a big fan of this either, but its none of my business. This is the slippery slope that Dzongsar has stepped onto.”
As far as Japhy is concerned, the last thing we need in Social Media, are cohorts sticking their noses into the streams of each other.
“This is an open invitation for us to find fault with each other. Thanks, but no thanks Rinpoche.”
If you read Dzongsar Khyentse’s guidelines, Rinpoche wants to prohibit Japhy and his cohorts from even mentioning empowerments, public events, they have attended.
“Perhaps somebody needs to remind Dzongsar of a little thing we Americans call free speech. I’m nobody’s serf. That’s just offensive, Rinpoche going there.
Any of Dzongsar Khyentse’s guidelines that advises Japhy and his cohorts to not talk about something, is a non-starter, from the get go, as far as Japhy is concerned.
“I think the world of Dzongsar, but over my dead body. He will have to pry my iPhone from my dead fingers.”
The bit about ego and spiritual materialism, Chogyam Trungpa’s response to the posers he surrounded himself with in Boulder, doesn’t apply to Japhy and his cohorts.
“It’s like accusing me of hiding a unicorn in my shorts. That kind of talk has no basis in reality.”
Long story short, as far as Japhy can tell, all of Dzongsar Khyentse’s “don’ts” are the “d’ohs” of the people he follows on Facebook.
“I get how much Facebook sucks. I don’t Facebook.”
Japhy remembers when he and his cohorts once entertained the benefits of Tibetan feudalism as a support for their Vajrayana Practice.
“We chose otherwise. It isn’t for us. We have rights. We don’t want anything to do with people telling us to shut up and do as we’re told. Period.”
The first thing Japhy learned from Khenpo Karthar was to keep his nose out of the business of his cohorts.
“What other people are doing is none of my business. We all have to make our own mistakes.”
Dzongsar Khyentse needs to clean up his Facebook accounts, if he has issues with the crap people he has friended on Facebook are sharing with him.
“Otherwise, sharpen your pitchfork and grab a torch, it’s time for a good old fashioned witch hunt.”
Japhy has pushed the envelope here. He knows he has said too much, yet again. Somebody has to push back on this unfortunately. It can’t be allowed to stand.
“There are too many cohorts that want nothing more than to foist a code of conduct like Dzongsar Khyentse’s upon their coreligionists.”
Japhy is here today sharing his experiences with his cohorts online because he refused to be cowed by those of his cohorts that resisted his call for transparency.
“They tried, but Khenpo Karthar refused to back them.”
Japhy knows this is much ado over nothing, Dzongsar Khyentse’s Facebook update, and nothing he needs to concern himself with personally.
“It’s Chinatown, Jake. Forget about it.”
It has provided Japhy though with an excuse to embarrass himself yet again. Other than the satisfaction of being entertaining, Japhy has no excuse for anything he has written here. Karmapa Chenno.