In an attempt to justify the purchase of a building in Cicero, a Western suburb of Chicago, for a dharma center in Rogers Park, way up on the city’s far North Side of Chicago, Lama Colleen said:
“We have the money, don’t ask how, but we can’t afford anything where anyone lives. Deal with it. We called the Karmapa while we were at the property and His Holiness personally approved the purchase right on the spot, end of discussion.”
What happened in Chicago is exactly what Ogyen Trinley Dorje will be standing trial for in India.
“I’m paraphrasing Colleen.”
The only difference is that In India, it is illegal for Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a non-citizen, to make such a transaction.
“Just follow the money.”
This started with suitcases of unaccounted for cash, literally no record of where it came from nor where it went, discovered by Indian authorities at Gyuto monastery.
“As an American, someone living in Chicago, we know a thing or two about corruption, that Ogyen Trinley Dorje can’t account for where his money comes from is a problem for me.”
In 2008 the Guardian put the Karmapa’s value at a billion dollars.
“I was told by a reader here in defense of this number that it’s almost all real estate given him from Mr & Mrs Chen, or the like.”
Regardless of whether Ogyen Trinley Dorje is found guilty of corruption in India’s Courts or not His Holiness must be held accountable to us as it pertains to where his money comes from and how it is spent in the event of any future visit to America as head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.