Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, the charismatic and learned Tibetan lama colleague and friend of Sogyal Rinpoche, told a story to us which I will retell, in a nutshell.

A great lama was travelling, accompanied by his attendant. He had to have a bowel movement, and had nothing to wipe with. His attendant brought out a newspaper. The lama recoiled in horror. “But why?” the attendant asked. “It’s only English!”

Precisely what happened then is not clear, however even lowly English could not ...


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