conebeckham wrote:Quick story about DPR--
Years back, he asked me what practice I was engaged in....I said I was working on my prostrations. "Frustrations?" He said....I said, "No, Rinpoche, it..." and kinda left it at that when I caught him giving me a funny look, raised eyebrows and all....."What else?" he said....I said I was doing Chod on a regular basis as well....to which he replied, with a spot-on NY Jewish Grandmother accent," Ah, yes...you mix it up and make a nice soup! a NICE soup!"
That was my first audience with DPR.
Ok. My first audience. Group interview with 5 other students. DPR enters the room. We all stand . Bow. We all introduce oursleves. I say, "Thank You Rinpoche, my name is Chaz ######". Rinpoche says "Jazz?". I say no Rinpoche, Chaz. C.H.A.Z.. Rinpoche says "Yes, Jazz.". I say, "NO, its ............". Then I realize he has this HUGE grin on his face which means he's just messing with me. So I'm thinking, "Ok Rinpoche, I guess you got me on that one.".
My turn for a question comes. I'm terrified. I'm afraid he won't answer my question or he'll answer by just messing with me some more. I ask the question anyway. I want to know what the phrase "Genuine Devotion" means, as used in the Kagyu Lineage Prayer and a poem written by one of DPR's teachers, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He ponders this for a moment, looks at me and says "Open heart". He pauses, reconsiders and says, "Yes, Open Heart."
I'd love to hear more specifics about his presentation, but after reading Chaz's response to my post, I'm even more confident that this book is miles apart from Mr. Batchelor's presentation, which I have read, and with which I have issues.
I suspect you may be right, but haveing not read batchelor, there's nothing I can say on the subject.
I haven't heard anything, yet, but I expect that within the year a video of DPR's Rebel Buddha teaching on DVD will be made available to the public. Not all of DPR's recorded teachings are vailable, but considering the promotional effort that went into the RB tour, and DVD is kind of a foregone conclusion.
What's interesting about this thread is how some of us just ASSUME the worst when we hear about "stripped down," acultural (is that a word?) presentations of Dharma.....
I see that too and I find myself very frustrated by that. Unfortuneately for you folks, I'm generally not at my best when frustrated like that.
While there's nothing "wrong" with culturally-specific accoutrements in our practice it isn't mecessarily a good thing either. Trungpa Rinpoche warned us about the ultimate end of what he called Spritual Materialism 30 year ago. The Dharma doesn't "need" things like robes, and Thangkas and Damarus and exotic languages and if one is skillfull it can be seen clealy that an "adharma" presentation may be the most effective approach. DPR speaks constantly on the subject of "Western Buddhism" He's geninely not interested in propogating Tibetan Buddhism save for certain elements he deems appropriate to individual students' needs and disposition.