Con Man Adds Insult to Injury of the Dakini
The recent blog post of William Cassidy on DTBA, “Insulting the Dakini,” is so “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” that we wonder whether he is entirely mentally competent. Except for that interesting, sad possibility, the post is almost not worth commenting on. (Cassidy likes to call himself “Tulku Urgyen Tenpa Rinpoche,” the nom de plume for his blog, although he is entitled to neither of those titles.) We suspect that his primary purpose in writing the post must have been to tweet the title.
He shouldn’t have bothered. The post is long (at 4,281 words, it more than doubled in a rewrite!) and rambling. The logic is strained and specious. The only redeeming qualities of the post are the extensive quotes from a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, which offer a respite of real Dharma and a refreshing break from his convoluted prose. In addition, also refreshingly, the blogger quotes Thinley Norbu Rinpoche extensively. But the blog post is about “the Dakini,” and is clearly aimed at one, even if unnamed. So, here are the Dakini’s real words, the teaching from which the Cassidy blog quotes. And, in case you are inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt that these words were “ghost written,” here she is delivering the original teaching—without notes!
Cassidy ends his post with an extensive list of behaviors that “insult the Dakini.” Some of these are highly targeted and intended as actual insults, and some are actually well-known tendencies of those–Westerners especially–who misunderstand the essence of “crazy wisdom” in Vajrayana Buddhism. So that there will be no doubt, the essence is not the “crazy” part: it’s the “wisdom” part, that is, the display of the enlightened mind. As someone who has abrogated these very “insulting” behaviors to himself, Cassidy is an authority on bad behavior by Westerners. His blog does indeed continually insult the Dakini; in fact, it adds insult to actual injury.