Picture of Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, the 16th and last Karmapa of Free Tibet who established his unique lineage here in the West, thankfully, it being no stranger to surviving diasporas having survived Buddhist India, something that once was a thing but ceased to be one long, long, ago before it found a home in Tibet for a while, prior to Tibet being occupied by the Chinese Communists, only to end up here, where it has found a home in the West conducive to the practice of Mahamudra, which Rangjung Rikpe Dorje found us, our not being Tibetan, refreshingly different, and much to his surprise, uniquely qualified to practice, as Westerners, given our history of choosing our personal freedom above all else, something he wished to see more of in future generations of Tibetans, historically speaking, as such
“That the Karma Kagyu establishment, the few men that decide what’s what in their sect, represented to us by the young and handsome, I think so, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, his partners in crime as such, back in India, where they act as a law unto themselves it seems, don’t get what we want from them, let us relegate them to the dustbin of history where they most certainly belong in my opinion.”
“That these men, yes, these men, cannot cope with our Western lack of deference for their Tibetan past, for example, their monasteries in occupied Tibet, which these men are so inextricably attached to, yes, attached, I think so, is no surprise to anyone familiar with the endless machinations over the past 56 years of these men, and now their sons, living off in perpetuity, our generous support of the Dalai Lama’s cause, his project, which they have so benefited from as exiles, but without even a thank you from these people, for saving them from China’s genocide in Tibet as we without doubt did for them, in the moment of need.”
“This, it also seems to me, the the willingness of these men to do anything to perpetuate these monastastic institutions, even if it means collaborating with those that occupy Tibet, the Chinese Communist Party, to accomplish this end, is something that I must take issue with, for myself, who I am, as a Westerner who sees herself as continuing what Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, began with us when he established his lineage in the West for the benefit of future generations of sentient beings, without exception.”
“If the Tibetan, these men and their sect, so well known, yes, for its culture of corruption, crimes have been committed in India by these individuals, the court has found them guilty of tax evasion and money laundering, cannot reform themselves of their attachment for their monasteries in occupied Tibet, put them behind themselves, as Rangjung Rikpe Dorje himself did, we must do this ourselves, force the issue with them, beginning at the top, with their leader, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, even if only for ourselves, even if need be we must let them go their own way, if they when all is said and done, they see a future for themselves in a Tibet occupied by the Chinese Communists, if that is what they wish for themselves as such, I think so, we must do this.”
“The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, His Holiness, Rangjung Rikpe Dorje himself, did indeed put both Tibet and its monasteries, and the status quo these institutions were so vested in, the whole kit and caboodle of what for centuries was Tibet, behind him, of this I have no doubt, and as such, so must Ogyen Trinley Dorje, as the leader of his Karma Kagyu sect, must stand against those who put him on his throne at Tsurphu in occupied Tibet in the first place, this I believe, it is time for Ogyen Trinley Dorje to put all this behind him, to get right with the historical reality of his situation, if he ever wishes to someday be the holder of the Gyalwa Karmapa lineage in more than just the opinion of those who put him forward as Rangjung Rikpe Dorje’s reincarnation, so to speak.”
End scene. Fini.
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