What did Thrangu Rinpoche think he was doing in 1991?

Picture of Larung Gar Gompa, occupied Tibet, founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phunstok, population 10,000 monks and nuns, including the reincarnation of diaspora Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa of all people

“I submit the following facts for your consideration, if I may.

So says Werner.

“Since 1991, Trungpa Rinpoche was repatriated to Surmang monastery in occupied Tibet by Tibetans.

Werner pauses.

The Gyalwa Karmapa was repatriated by Tibetans to Tsurphu monastery in occupied Tibet.

Werner continues.

And just last month, Tibetans repatriated Traleg Rinpoche, wait for it, to occupied Tibet, of all places.”

Werner adds.

“No coincidence, but a choice made by a clique of scheming Tibetan exiles in India, unbeknownst to us at the time, with plans for a future that don’t include us.”

Henry responds.

“Methinks I smell a rat.

End scene.



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16 responses to “What did Thrangu Rinpoche think he was doing in 1991?

  1. okiebuddhist

    Even worse, by keeping these tulkus in Tibet, the dharma may not spread. The 17th Karmapa was lucky to escape, but what if he remained in Tibet? Guru Rinpoche’s prediction would then end with Trungpa and the 16th Karmapa.

    There is danger also in repatriation, since Tibetan Buddhism may always be at odds with Communist Chinese values.

  2. Gulli

    God bless the 16th Karmapa trick !

  3. Gulli

    i recognize there the lack of wit typical of the pragmatic german spirit .


  4. Reggie

    One thing is certain.

    His Holiness Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok was no joke.

    If the current Trungpa studied with him, all the better. JukPhun was an astounding terton and masterful teacher.

    As for the repatriation of Karma Kagyu Tulkus to Tibet, I totally agree. There is a bro-conservatism amongst many Tibetans these days that assume that rebirth in Tibet is the hallmark of authenticity. This is of course, wishful thinking on their part.

    Previous Trungpa was heading in the right direction…

  5. Maurice

    Namkhai norbu explains the pros and cons of the tulku system in paragraphs 12,13,14 here http://melong.com/?p=2852

  6. Wilson

    As Namkai Norbu points out, the tulku system is very good for the monastery that houses said tulku.

    Having just finished rebuilding his monastery in Tibet, enshrining the next Traleg Tulku ensure’s the monastery’s maintenance and future growth.

    I don’t know what the installation of this Trungpa brought Dutsi Til, but I think his case falls into a different category as Shambala International doesn’t seem to want much to do with him, they have their own royal family now.

    I found this in China’s recent white paper on Tibet:

    “Temples are maintained and protected. Since the 1980s, the state has allocated funds, gold, and silver to maintain, renovate and protect temples. More than 1.4 billion yuan has been spent on restoring Tibetan cultural relics and refurbishing key monasteries. A total of 6.7 million yuan, 111 kg of gold, 2,000 kg of silver, and a large amount of jewelry has been used to renovate stupas and prayer halls from the Fifth Panchen Erdeni to the Ninth Panchen Erdeni. The state budget to build these for the 10th Panchen Erdeni was 66.2 million yuan and 650 kg of gold. In 1994, the state allocated another 20 million yuan to renovate Ganden Monastery. Since 1995, the central budget has given active support to the maintenance and protection of monasteries listed as state key cultural relics units, such as the Potala Palace, Norbulingka and Sakya Monastery.

    The Living Buddha reincarnation is proceeding well. The Living Buddha reincarnation is a succession system unique to Tibetan Buddhism, and is respected by the state and governments at different levels of the autonomous region, the state having issued the Measures on the Management of the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas of Tibetan Buddhism. Through traditional religious rituals and historical conventions like drawing lots from a golden urn, in 1995 Tibet Autonomous Region sought out and identified the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Erdeni, and conferred and enthroned the 11th Panchen Erdeni, with the approval of the State Council. Tibet now has 358 Living Buddhas, more than 60 of whom have been confirmed through historical conventions and traditional religious rituals.”

    Wealth indeed.

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