ngodrup wrote:More to the point, and humorously so, I was present when
H. H. Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was asked:
"What is the difference between a Tibetan Lama and a Western Lama?"
His oft quoted response was
"Of course, everybody knows...
a Tibetan Lama has a moon-like face
and a Western Lama has a face like the Rocky Mountains!"
There was much laughter, and I cannot remember for certain,
but it seems that he stated further that in terms of inner qualities
there was no difference at all.
Ah - HH Thinley Norbu was the source of that quote.
I had heard that many years before I became a TB student.