Back in 2004 I wrote about a Kiwi boy who was declared the Southern Hemisphere’s first High Incarnate Tibetan Lama. Karma Kunsang Thubten Dorje Lungtok Hyime Pal Sang Po Pong Rinpoche – the venerable, had been identified as an important spiritual figure in Tibetan Buddhism. (Don’t worry, nobody read about it then either).
I was thinking about a little Po Pong this morning when we were stumbling around Riccarton (following a gratuitously large brunch), and I noticed a poster promotion for an upcoming laugh-in with the Dalai Lama:
I wondered what had become of little Po Pong in the last 9 years and a quick check on rate-my-guru.com revealed that the Dalai Lama had confirmed that Po Pong was indeed the reincarnation of a revered Lama from Eastern Tibet who died in 1955 and that the child wonder was now studying in India. I believe he is doing very well at religious studies (no surprises there), call-centre management and as a sideline runs reincarnation parties for fans of the Egyptian King Tutankhamun.
Meanwhile the Dalai Lama when not practising stand-up comedy, has developed a plausible Irish accent and along with 6 fellow religious disciples, has formed a tribute band.
Back in the land of real Buddhism I liked this philosophically serene view of how Thai people queue: