Hugs to K Yeshe for his turning the wheel in his way!!!!
Interesting. Wow - shock and awe.
K Yeshe is very bright and is being open and direct about what works for him.
His is the very sophisticated, high value, high stress, world, of high priced corporate personnel training, filled with buzz words and new concept-of-the-moment, references: TED talk. His consulting web site lists a sliding scale of $500 to $1500 per day for his consulting services. He is a brand and considers himself VERY important. This is the sea in which K Yeshe - swims. Corporate board rooms, training rooms, and off-site seminars are his mileau.
People pay him big bucks to "improve" their company's profit and efficiency
K Yeshe is used to being listened to, and respected for his expertise, and never questioned or challenged about what he is presenting. My way or the high way, is a way of life.
K Yeshe wears the emperors new clothes very well. The clothes are very beautiful until people stop paying for his services: the music stops and perhaps there will be no chairs left for K Yeshe and his Team Leaders. Yeshe's "zero sum" approach to the monitization of the Dzogchen Community - has led to its present state of disrepair and financial crisis, in spite of ChNNR's being a perfect Teacher with perfect Teachings. Zero sum refers to a business modal based on maximizing market share: someone looses, if someone gains. Zero sum is the opposite of a win - win, everything for everybody, equal access to the Teachings - modal.
Teaching traditional Dharma, even ChNNR's open-hearted Dzogchen, K Yeshe is like a fish out of water. He doesn't get what he needs to be happy, and so moves on, quickly. This is what is happening.
In this seminar, the concepts of the Yeshe Lama were laid out quickly, using the text as a base, in a "snickety snack - don't look back" manner. Either you "get it" or you don't. There is no middle ground or guided practices for those who could benefit from the use of these slower methods. I think most people are left in K Yeshe's intellectual dust as he moved through things very, very quickly, presenting reasoned arguments in reasoned snippets, separated by quantum leaps of logic and dimension. It is clear that he understands - very well - what he is talking about, and damned be you if you don't keep up. I think most people are dazzled with the shock and awe of his intellectual tap dancing.
My reaction is, "Where's the beef?" Where is the contemplation? Where is the "instant presence?"
In this context, "Where's the beef?" means USEFUL practical take-away that either improves understanding or gives you some "value added" sense of having benefited from the experience of having listened to the web /cast or attended the seminar. No questions, no transcripts / cds / dvds / replays means NO interest in having a useful exchange of information. So one is left with "shock and awe" as the take away, and "the emperor's new clothes" effect insures no criticism, and "Wow this is wonderful, I "GOT IT," didn't you," as a social form.
After attending this seminar, If people want to carry interest in the Yeshe Lama forward, to learn it and practice it, they first have to come up with the $85 to buy the book,and the verbiage to satisfy the Dharma police. Then they read the book and are left with the choice of finding a traditional Yeshe Lama Teacher, doing nundro, Lama, Yidem, Khandro practices, and the many years that this path takes, OR parsing the YL into blocks that don't quite fit with the blocks of the non traditional retreats / SMS training of ChNNR, and then practicing the Yeshe Lama blocks within the context of ChNNR's Teachings and practices.
Hmmmmn - That's a mouth full and both paths are really not doable for most people. If so, what was the benefit from attending this YL seminar with K Yeshe?
I'm left with, "Nah - Where's the beef?" What is the useful take away? Maybe the take away is that there is no take away and that is OK? Oh come on. For this I gave 8 hours of my life and / or paid 200 Euros? I am an old guy. I don't need any more shock and awe in my life. I want useful, understandable, practical paradigms, and practices that harmonize and pacify the elements of my life.
All of this is really unfortunate as it applies to the Yeshe Lama, because the YL is a guided path to enlightenment in one life time. I really believe this. You do the practices and you get the result.
So maybe the challenge to K Yeshe, or to the "evolution" of Dharma, is to take a guide such as the Yeshe Lama, or the collected works of ChNNR, and turn them into small size, self paced, multi-media, learning modules, linked to on-line lineage holders, and doable on home computers and "mobile devices." Maybe this would make Dharma applicable to the fast pace, text while doing anything, 10 second attention span, pace of modern life. This is doable, through crowd sourcing, and crowd financing - today. This is not something that I want to do, but maybe some investment banker, or wealthy individual, reading this, will plunk down the spare million and get it done.
I think I am more interested in figuring out how can you reach the "me" generation and teach them kindness. Anyone have any ideas?
Please everyone remember to send hugs to K Yeshe.