Death, Sex, Enlightenment & Money

Gail Farley

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I would be an exemplary chinduk. I would not force Rinpoche to my summer home, nor would I dangle him around like a charm on a bracelet, like that society lady Camilla Porter did. She treated the master as her personal plaything, introducing him to her fancy friends in the same cooing voice used for babying Lhasa, her miniature greyhound. The worst of it was that her consistent use of those exclamations indigenous to the clench-jawed rich rendered her conversation just about incomprehensible to the master. When offered a piece of Sacher torte, Camilla Porter announced, “This looks positively wicked.” Nor did he understand when she said that she was “frightfully happy,” that she was “out of sorts,” or that she found Rinpoche’s nephew to be a “fabulously timid creature.”

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