My hope was that Ogyen Trinley Dorje attended Harvard! / Mon espoir était que Ogyen Trinley Dorje a assisté à Harvard!


While we await word regarding what Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been up to of recent I have taken the liberty to come up with a title for my forthcoming book, Chez Barbe: Beards, Buddhism and books in the 21st Century. My hope is it will give me something to do with myself for the foreseeable future. I have to write a first chapter and an outline to get the ball rolling on a book deal.

Anyway, it sounds like Ogyen Trinley Dorje was up in Boston to visit Harvard. Good for him. For some reason a friend of mine took exception to a Gyalwa Karmapa visiting Harvard. Worlds collide! I don’t have a problem with it. I suspect once his visit to America is over it is going to be a challenge for Ogyen Trinley Dorje to return to life in India and the role that awaits him in Modi’s latest machinations vis à vis China, his foreseeable future. Regardless, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is going to owe Modi big time after this trip.

I happen to believe that His Holiness can do more than he has done to date, something which I could say of my 29 year old son living down in New Orleans, now that I think of what I have written. Obviously, it’s sometimes hard for me to keep my concern for my son, and Ogyen Trinley Dorje apart.

I had kind of hoped he, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, would have a college degree by now. My experience with young men of Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s age though has taught me that they have their own way of doing things. Just like everyone else I’m curious how everything is going. His Holiness seems to be doing as well as can be expected. I haven’t heard anyone complaining. On the other hand I haven’t heard from anyone blown away by anything Ogyen Trinley Dorje has said or done while here to date.

Karmapa Chenno!

Alors que nous attendons mot sur ce Ogyen Trinley Dorje a été à la hauteur de la récente que j’ai pris la liberté de venir avec un titre pour mon prochain livre, Chez Barbe: Barbe, le bouddhisme et livres dans le 21e siècle . Mon espoir est qu’il va me donner quelque chose à faire avec moi-même pour l’avenir prévisible. Je dois écrire un premier chapitre et un aperçu pour obtenir le ballon qui roule sur une affaire de livre.

Quoi qu’il en soit, il semble que Ogyen Trinley Dorje était à Boston pour visiter Harvard. Tant mieux pour lui. Pour une raison quelconque un de mes amis a pris exception à une Karmapa visite Harvard. Worlds Collide! Je n’ai pas de problème avec ça. Je soupçonne une fois sa visite en Amérique est sur elle va être un défi pour Ogyen Trinley Dorje pour revenir à la vie en Inde et le rôle qui l’attend dans les dernières machinations de Modi vis-à-vis de la Chine, son avenir prévisible. Peu importe, Ogyen Trinley Dorje va devoir Modi grand moment après ce voyage.

Il me arrive de croire que Sa Sainteté peut faire plus que ce qu’il a fait à ce jour, quelque chose que je pourrais dire de mon fils de 29 ans vivant à la Nouvelle-Orléans, maintenant que je pense à ce que je ai écrit. De toute évidence, il est parfois difficile pour moi de garder mon inquiétude pour mon fils, et Ogyen Trinley Dorje dehors.

Je avais espéré qu’il sorte de, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, aurait un diplôme d’études collégiales maintenant. Mon expérience avec les jeunes hommes de l’âge de Ogyen Trinley Dorje si m’a appris qu’ils ont leur propre façon de faire les choses. Comme tout le monde je suis curieux de voir comment tout va. Sa Sainteté semble faire ainsi que l’on peut attendre. Je n’ai entendu personne se plaindre. D’autre part je n’ai pas entendu personne époustouflé par quoi que ce soit Ogyen Trinley Dorje a dit ou fait tout ici pour jour.

Karmapa Chenno!



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17 responses to “My hope was that Ogyen Trinley Dorje attended Harvard! / Mon espoir était que Ogyen Trinley Dorje a assisté à Harvard!

  1. Warrenz

    I’m sure Karmapa would love to have the luxury of attending Harvard. Can’t imagine he’ll get it though. I imagine he’d like to a traditional 3-year retreat too but I can’t see him getting the time to do that either.

    That said, I feel things are beginning to loosen up for him, politically-speaking. I think you will start to see him travelling and teaching etc more and more. Let’s hope so.

  2. Rigdzin

    If we are lucky His Holiness will spend a few months at his North American Seat every year.

  3. Tenzin

    I too feel this loosening and hope he will come to Toronto, there are many Kagyu centres here.

    • Rigdzin

      Toronto is but a short trip from His Holiness the Gyakwang Karmapa’s North Anerican Seat, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. I am sure he will visit Toronto!

      When the venerable Khenpo Tenkyang Rinpoche takes the helm of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra this summer, we will see the final steps of Karmapa’s seat becoming the fully fledge monastery that 16th Karmapa envisioned.

      We are on the cusp of finally being able to hold the precious Kagyu dharma in the US with authenticity. I pray that KTD continues to produce deeply realized lamas like Lama Kathy, and many monastics.

      We need this!

      Maybe you could write about this, Bill. It is a historic transition. Soon we will no longer be infants.

    • Karma Tashi Namgyal

      Buddhism as a tourist commodity.

      • The commodification of the Gyalwang Karmapas in the 21st century, brought to you by Tibet’s feudal lords living as exiles in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, and the generous support of people not like you and me, supporters of Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Karma Kagyu sect living in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Chinese patriots all in favor of a Hong Kong-like unification with Mainland China, and its Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, not just for Tibet, and Taiwan, but all of Asia presently under the influence of the West and its way of life. Will our young Gyalwang Karmapa choose to make America his home away from home, an alternative to being a creature of the Chinese Communists Party’s, the Karmapa they put him on his thrown in Tsurphu to be, or return to the life of a Stateless refugee in Modi’s Indian Disney Land of Buddhist heritage, the place of the Buddha’s birth? We shall see.

        • Rigdzin

          Well, the annual vacay in the US befits the Taiwanese and Hong Kong style rich benefactors who are propping up the Kagyu lineage.

          No matter who’s pocket HHGK is placed in the serious practitioner looses.

          One thing is certain, KTD must be upset about his shortened stay there. Looks like they are not the priority they hoped to be…

  4. akazienzendo

    Information from a recent Nalandabodhi newsletter that may be of interest:
    “in April, [Ponlop] Rinpoche will accompany His Holiness to visit the site of the 16th Karmapa’s parinirvana in Zion, Illinois just outside Chicago. There, Drupon Rinpoche is overseeing a project to build a commemorative stupa. Rinpoche has said that this is the most important site in America for Tibetan Buddhism and that it shows the special connection between the Karmapa and America.”
    I’m afraid I don’t have any further information, as I’m not especially well connected.
    May it be auspicious!

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