“It all goes back to the 1980’s.
“After Mao died.”
“And China’s new rulers allowed diaspora Tibetans who had fled Mao’s advancing People’s Liberation Army 25 years earlier to return to Thrangu monastery after 25 years of self imposed exile in the West.”
“Their monastery, a place they had called home since they were children, as a gesture of good will, with the sole condition that they accept that Tibet was part of China.”
“This changed everything for us here, the students of said diaspora Tibetans, in particular those of us who were practicing under the supervision of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at the time.”
“We were told here in Chicago that Rinpoche could no longer visit us, that he was retiring as such, or at least that is what we were led to believe.”
“In retrospect this turned out to be a lie, a lie which to this day has to pitted us against KTD, us Americans against those Tibetans, personally.”