Bill Shankly

Phil reminded me yesterday of a great football quote that Rinpoche always laughs at when he hears it. It dropped from the lips of the great Bill Shankly (a Scot who managed Liverpool way back in the day) and, for a time, seemed to mirror Rinpoche’s own feelings about the beautiful game. For those of us who love football rather less than Rinpoche, his embrace of this particular ethos was a little worrying.

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

Sadly for Rinpoche, these days watching football is a real luxury. He had to fight tooth and nail to move his centre of operations to Berlin for the last World Cup so he would be able to watch as many games as was humanly (well, in Rinpoche’s case super-humanly) possible. And, Rinpoche being Rinpoche, throughout the four weeks of intense football mania he plumbed the depths of its philosophy. How that translated into the manifestation displayed in this photo, though, is anyone’s guess.  

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