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Roshi vs. Rinpoche

March 3, 2011 0

9780062517005 This just popped on my newsfeed and made me LOL.

Funny thing? Kalu Rinpoche’s incarnation is now back and quite well-known and popular in Korea, if I’m not mistaken.

(And if you’re taking the article way too seriously, and feel compelled to sprout a misguided sermon about how Tibetan Buddhism kicks Zen’s ass, you probably don’t get the point of the article. Just saying.)

Sometime in the early 1970s, two Buddhist masters met in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of them, Kalu Rinpoche, was a renowned Tibetan meditation master who had spent many years in solitary retreat in the remote mountain caves of Tibet. The other was Seung Sahn, a Korean Zen master who had recently come to the United States and was supporting himself by working in a Providence, Rhode Island, Laundromat, slowly planting the seeds of Zen in the minds of those coming to wash their clothes. At this now famous meeting of enlightened minds, Seung Sahn held up an orange and, in classic Zen dharma combat fashion, demanded, “What is this?”

Kalu Rinpoche just looked at him, wonderingly.

Again Master Seung Sahn asked, “What is this?”

Finally Rinpoche turned to his translator and asked, “Don’t they have oranges in Korea?”

– Roshi vs. Rinpoche
Source: http://www.tricycle.com/blog/dharma-combat-roshi-vs-rinpoche

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