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Readers' Comments on "Some Memories of the Great Lotsawa Gedun Chophel"
by Jamyang Norbu since I met Gedun Chophel la, so I don’t remember very much. I just meet him a few times and only had some polite conversation with him. He was my brother Sonam Tomjor’s close friend...
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Yurupon  

Location: CA
Subject: Relevance of Memory
Dec 14 2007 04:01 AM

Ah the classic Tibetan venomous mind, the malicious urge to bring down someone who sets out to do some good, this accusation against JN. Autumn Dusk and others, surely you can do better. This is not a fictional piece that JN has written about GC, but rather a factual tract culled from memory, his own and that of his mother and others in the family, and what harm is in there if, by making us privy to that treasure house of recollection, memory, we as readers benefit from greater insight into the man that is GC? What harm?

Now what good is served if you accuse him of indulging in vanity, of courting attention to his family, when in reality, if he is known in the Tibetan community, it is because of his singular personality, his copious talent as a writer, as a thinker, as an activist, and not because of which family he hails from, and this you know it and I know it. So what good is served when you just about molest the truth of the matter here?

Sometimes I lament Tibetan minds like that of yours. Look around and you will see a plenty of Tibetans in positions of authority today, solely because of their family connections, and despite their mediocre talent and intelligence. They are almost everywhere. Do you dare point finger at them? JN is not in a paid position of authority. He commands respect as a writer, and that you can not begrudge him.

Ah, the joy of being this ridiculous Tibetan mind such as yours and ah the shame to be counted as one among your kind!
abam  

Location: USA
Subject: Gendun Choepella
Dec 12 2007 07:58 AM

Jamyang Norbula.

That was such an interesting article on Gendun Choepella.Thanks to your amala who remembers quite a lot from those days even though it was such a long time a ago.I will definitely read more about him as your article inspired me to learn more about this Tibetan scholar.
To the guy who is talking about aristocrats I say do something constructive and stop playing the blame game. If you have the potential no one is stoping you from doing what you want to do.Playing the blame game is not fruitful.Doing the right thing is!

autumndusk  

Location: ofcourse heaven
Subject: my thought
Dec 12 2007 05:20 AM

This article doesn't reflect anything about Gedhun Chomphel la. The author has written more about his family's standing than what the title of article seems to indicate. So, basically the author happened to know the great Lotsawa through this and that third person.

I think we all know plenty of great personalities through this and that weak connections and network. There's nothing so suprising and informative about these kinds of weak links.
Drokpakunle  

Location: exile
Subject: Time for a change ....
Dec 06 2007 12:00 PM

Jamyang-la, I didn’t know that you were also a member of an aristocratic family.

What’s wrong with our community in exile? RFA is run by the Ngabo family. VOA is recently taken over by a descendent of Lukhang. SFT is directed by Tethong. The Dalai Lama Foundation is run by another Tethong. Tethongs are also the front runners in the upcoming Team-Tibet Movement.

These developments seem to compliment Beijing’s accusation that our community in exile is nothing, but a handful of Tibetan lamas and aristocrats.

Time for a change !

By the way, I really appreciate this piece by Jamyang-la. I bet if Gendun Choephel is alive today, he would also raise similar concern over the monopoly of the aristocrats in exile and still get away with it!
Dralha  

Location: Land of Freedom
Subject: What's the point?
Dec 05 2007 10:58 AM

Is he trying to say that his whole family is base on Tibetan Lotsawa with Amdo Gedun Chophel? Whatever! What I read about Gedun Chophel's books are mostly about sexual styles from Indian women, English women. Tell you truth I never heard or read his books about religous practices through Kyapche Phabonka or Trichang Ranpoche. If there is any book about Gedun Chophel's religious practices and his close friends of Jamyang Norbu's families which a book was/ is written by himself, I really like to read. Don't tell there is book but lost with Trichang Ranpoche

Thank you

Truth finder/ not easy to fool
Registered  

Location: India
Subject: Thank you.
Dec 04 2007 10:06 PM

You never fail to impress. Oh such an insightful article on the great scholar Gedun Choephel. I feel a deeper sense of loss on having been deprived of his presence in our community after reading this transparent account. This article in a way resurrected him. Thank you for keeping him alive.
I do hope someday we can retrieve the lost Dhamapada Tibetan translation.

And it is also my sincere hope that sometime in the future a versatile writer will craft a similar tribute to you (by writing this I am definitely breaking all social protocol- its too cheesy).


But greattt!!!!!!
DorjeeKnows  

Location: USA
Subject: As Usual, thanks
Dec 04 2007 09:38 AM

Thanks for sharing such an insightful reverie from the past that shed some light on our last great Lotsawa of the twentieth century. I was also under the impression that he didn't care too much for the religious side of the affair. Thanks for correcting that. As always, you are a cool breeze in the room full of burning buttercup offerings.
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