Well spoiled little rich tart Sara Bronfman was said to be hanging out in the Catskill village of Woodstock NY this past weekend, paling around with his royal highness, grand poobah, king of kings, enlightened one and stud muffin Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
So who is Mr. Dorje? Well it’s complicated, see first you got the Dalai Lama, but he ain’t getting any younger and someone must carry on the Billion dollar a year enterprise known officially as the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Buddhism. Now unlike the Pope who is elected the next Lama is reincarnated from an old Lama. But as you could guess when ever a Lama is in a position to control over a billion dollars in assets, lands and trusts the selection process can be a little messy HERE. Now we have a bunch of Lamas Here
But right now Mr. Dorje seems to have the upper hand, despite being visibly too old for his stated age along with accusations of being a Chinese spy Here
and being found with a million or so under his mattress HERE
as long as he has the big Dalai’s blessing he’s the man. here
The entire case is here all 166 or so pages for the serious Buddhist student, free, no charge, no spyware here
So just for kicks I headed up to the Village today for Mr. Dorje’s long anticipated public appearance at 3:00 at the Comeau park in downtown Woodstock to get a picture of the saffron robed fellow with Sara perhaps in tow.
So I set myself up in a nice spot and watched as a flat bedded truck was pulled up, then decorated with flowers all in a pouring rain. Then a caravan of black Cadillac Escalades came up and some mean looking men packing heat with earpieces on jumped out. Next a Chrysler 300 with full tinted glass pulled in looked around and sped away quickly followed by the caravan of Escalades. Next monks in now very wet saffron robes packed up the flowers as men and women were left weeping in the wet field as it became apparent Mr. Dorje had no intention of getting wet. The zoo continued as more and more people attempted to enter the one lane road only to turn around to go back, the police were called to clean up the mess.
I on the other hand scooted up the mountain to the Buddhist compound known as the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra or KTD Here But unlike my other visits the closed sign was up and no one was letting me in. Later from their website Ogyen Trinley Dorje gave a private talk to the chosen few in the very dry and richly ornate throne room, I have no word on Sara or if she is spending the night.
Videos of the talk are here
A video of his Royal entrance and his heavy security detachment is here
Sara Bronfman has a history of befriending various Lamas. here
Insiders tell me this is done at the urging of her master Keith Raniere who is said to have convinced her that she is she is descended from the Mindrolling lineage, known for its great female masters, and is a Tulku, a reincarnated teacher. Sara desperate to find any meaning in her life and in an attempt to justify her unearned billion dollar inheritance laps it up like a little dumb puppy.
Anyone who thinks this is anti-Buddhist, nothing could be farther from the truth. This is anti bullshit and anti-corruption. I just don’t like to see people living like Pashas while devoted followers live in squalor in dirt floor shacks while donating some of their meager earning so Mr. Dorje’s saffron robe can find its way to Sara’s bedroom floor.
I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Thailand and have enjoyed the hospitality of many Buddhist friends, but most of these are largely of the Theravada school who have no Lamas just ordained monastics who are forbidden from standing for office or voting in election.
Most return to lay life after two or three years and go one to have families. I dare say most of them find the fascination of rich Americans with Tibetan Buddhism as a bit silly