Pursuant to the discussion going on around my previous post about the breaking (and dubious!) story about Osel, formerly known as Lama Osel of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition: the FPMT has published a letter from the young man himself.
This should dispel the rumors, undo some of the damage that some in the media have done, and restore some harmony. An excerpt:
…certain media find ways to sensationalize and exaggerate an unusual story. So I hope that what appears in news print is not read and taken too literally. Don’t believe everything that is written!
Experience shows that however hard one tries in interviews to sincerely and honestly convey key information, the printed result can tend towards sensationalism to get the most attention.
FPMT is doing a great job and Lama Zopa is an immensely special person – very inspiring and a great yogi.
Personally, my job is to find new ways in which to discover the true nature of our being. There is no separation between myself and FPMT — we are all working together in so many aspects and terrains. Humanity is our office.
You can see the whole letter here.
And note that Osel even signs off with “Big love,” the phrase made so well-known by Lama Yeshe, the great teacher and founder of the FPMT. Osel was, of course, recognized as Lama Yeshe’s reincarnation.
Sylvia Le Point says
Thanks for the follow up, Rod. Love this photo, and now you've got me singing that deep bass tune, Big Love.
lama was a free thinker last life and a free thinker this life. If people are duped by the nonsense El Mundo published (after all, everything we read in the press is true) then start praising Osel for his straying , it is only an indication of their own inability to think outside the box. Did people really ever think Lama/Osel was just going to let people shave his head and push him through the monastic mincer? If anyone was ever qualifed to understand 21st century neurosis with intuitive wisdom, it was him. All we are seeing is step 2 in the process-He might even start cross dressing next! I'm sure if it benefits others Lama wont give a damn what anyone thinks. Buddha+free thinker Lama/Osel=Free thinker People duped by opinionated journalists personal craftings of info=stuck on the treadmill dreamers
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