Chaz wrote:. The crowd's approval of his choice of beverage was raucus to say the least.
On who's part? Karmapa's? It could be he just wanted a cup of coffee and his attendant or driver went to the Starbucks near the auditorium.
When he sat down to teach, he picked up the coffee that had been set there for him, held it up and arranged the cup so the logo faced forward and gestured to it, smiling.
The crowd went nuts.We should remember that this occurred in Boulder. These people aren't what you'd call "reserved". Many of them were students of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and still have a certain late-60s attidtude. When His Holliness' host, Ponlop Rinpoche, came out to introduce him, the crowd when wild. Total Rock Star reception - bic lighters, whistles, hoots, etc.. Rinpoche is well known in Boulder - he taught at Naropa. He is also much loved, so Rinpoche coming out to introduce the Karmapa was as if one of Boulder's favorite sons came on stage. The ovation went on for nearly five minutes.
The ovation for His Holiness went on much longer
He then commenced to teaching.
There's a picture circulating that was taken a few days later in Seattle where His Holiness is holding up a cup of Starbuck's coffee. Just google "Karmapa Starbucks".
So, I guess if Starbucks' coffee is good enough for the 17th Karmapa, I guess it's good enough for me.
It might also be of interest to pass along that His Holiness' host on the 2008 tour, Ponlop Rinpoche, lists Coke as his favorite beverage.