smcj wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:38 pm
Or is he eating/drinking like a king, sleeping with a harem of teenagers, beating up people who don't serve him properly, driving a gold-plated Rolls Royce paid for by the Sangha and telling people to donate money to buy him a bigger house?
You are describing the condition of the modern tulku system.
Ösel Tendzin wasn’t a tulku.
Oh, he would have been recognized one eventually had he not been such a spectacular screwup. Then there is the Trungpa's kid, who was recognized a tulku (of a master who asserted he was not going to take rebirth on this planet again, ironically), and still screwed up.
It’s more pervasive than that. It’s a post “spiritual materialism”, post “crazy wisdom” pretext for samsaric indulgence. It’s samsara posing as hip, slick, and cool Dharma. It’s as much spiritual materialistic as a sanctimonious hippie. Only a sanctimonious hippie would at least be refraining from creating non-virtuous karma.
No, this also existed in Tibet from the beginning, which is why Lha bla ma Ye shes 'Od sought to outlaw of the practices of 'byor and grol, and why Saraha makes fun of people who engage in vratacārya (btul shugs spyod pa) as a pretense to gain followers and so on. One merely needs observe the libertine and sybaritic excesses of the sixth Dalai Lama, Reting Rinpoche, and all kinds of mad Tibetan saints of the past. The whole history of the Dharma in Tibet in many respects is lurching from one reform movement to the next, about once a century, if you examine the situation honestly. I mean, Patrul Rinpoche excoriates so called "crazy wisdom" behavior. All of this in response to "crazy wisdom" con artists.
However there is a seed of legitimacy in the premise of crazy wisdom, etc. and cannot be simply dismissed. So the trend is enthusiastically perpetuated. Sad.
Its not a seed, it is a real thing. The fault lies in the fact that some people want to enter into vratacārya before they have adequately mastered the creation and completion stages, and are nowhere near heat on the secret mantra path of application. Such people were sarcastically referred to as "great meditators" by Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen his Song of Experience, composed in the 12th century. It is not a new thing.