The Post-Diaspora Tibetan Buddhist: Khenpo Karthar’s nephew Lama Karma now drives a Lexus given him as a gift

Picture of KTD ‘s retreat master, proud owner of a Lexus someone gifted him, which he inexplicably accepted despite how corrupt it makes him look

“I gave Khenpo Karthar an expensive gift once,” John recalls, “a statue I wanted him to have.”

John laughs.

“We were raffling off a KTC Chicago coffee cup for five dollars a ticket to raise funds for the center.”

John pauses.

“Imagine my dismay when Rinpoche raffled off my gift to him to some lucky person that bought a ticket hoping for a coffee cup.”

John adds.

“It was only afterwards that I was informed that Rinpoche is known for not keeping  a single gift given him over the years.”

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18 responses to “The Post-Diaspora Tibetan Buddhist: Khenpo Karthar’s nephew Lama Karma now drives a Lexus given him as a gift

  1. SocioEcoRadical

    What’s the exchange rate of a Lexus to merit these days?

  2. bluebuddha

    He actually has the gall to drive that thing around Woodstock? Naaah……. he’ll follow his guru’s example; sell it, buy a used working Toyota, and then finance a couple 3 yr retreats for those who couldnt afford it. Or, perhaps, build a retreat cabin or two at Karme Ling……… won’t he?

    • We live in the appearance of things and Khenpo Karthar’s nephew appears to be reaping the benefits of supporting China’s occupation of Tibet.

      • Osel Karl

        Bill, that’s not Lama Karma in the picture you posted. That’s Lama Tenzin, the protector shrine lama. Word on the street is that he has a Mercedes…

        I don’t know which is a sign of more merit, Mercedes or Lexus, but when you can’t afford a car (or insurance for that matter) it looks pretty entitled.

        I wonder if they paid tax on those “donations”?

  3. joeythebuddhist

    “He actually has the gall to drive that thing around Woodstock? Naaah……. he’ll follow his guru’s example; sell it, buy a used working Toyota, and then finance a couple 3 yr retreats for those who couldnt afford it. Or, perhaps, build a retreat cabin or two at Karme Ling……… won’t he?”

    Now that’s buddhism 🙂

    • For a thousand Euros you can spend 4 days with Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Bonn, Germany.

      Of course his retreat master wouldn’t think twice about accepting a luxury sedan as a gift…

      • joeythebuddhist

        There is a way about the world that when it comes in the religious sphere sure highlights it’s terrible nature. I think there is an insight in that but there is also an insight to be had from remembering this is not my self and like anything else to let it go and not carry it’s weight around.

        • Our letting go doesn’t preclude us from giving Khenpo Karthar’s nephew a hard time over this embarrassing turn of events.

          What was he thinking?

          What we need most to let go of is that this kid can be parachuted into our lives as someone with something to teach us.

          That’s just half assed backwards.

          It is lama Karma that needs to learn from us what those diaspora Tibetans that entrusted their lineage
          to us taught us when we were kids.

          • joeythebuddhist

            Very well said

          • joeythebuddhist

            Maybe though it’s also about changing the conditions. Certain conditions will make certain things arise. As a sangha we will really have to delve into these things and bring back the ethic of “through direct knowledge the ultimate goal of the spiritual life for the sake of which the sons of families quite rightly go forth from home into homelessness”

          • Osel Karl

            Elite monks owning luxury vehicles is not a new thing.

            It’s a relatively recent thing to be calling them on it. I think it is a service of dharma to call them out on this kind of stuff.

            I just saw a pic on Facebook of the main shrineroom at Thrangu Monastery- all gold and fancy. That’s not my dharma, my dharma is Milarepa and Marpa, not a chintzy bordello type of dharma.

            Sometimes you have to wonder what people are thinking…

  4. John Oliver did a bit last night on televangelists who preach the prosperity gospel.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_theology

    I never minded throwing some money down for a teaching – things don’t pay for themselves. But the excess, selling of access and equating money with receiving “blessings” is something that needs to be re-evaluated.

  5. SocioEcoRadical

    I’ve seen him when he’s visited town a couple times but don’t attend his teachings anymore. I wasn’t attracted to any qualities or felt any bit of a connection. Honestly, he carried an arrogance that young people often do &, when mentioning the importance of practicing dharma, said most Americans sit on their front porches drinking beer. I wasn’t offended but knew he was very disconnected & thought it best to stay away. Now, learning this news, I know I made the right choice. He’s still disconnected.

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