The disruption to Karma Kagyu tradition the Trungpa era represents lives on in us

Picture of Khenpo Gangshar whose teachings have been transmitted to the west not only by his student Chogyam Trungpa but also Khenchen Thrangu and Khenpo Karthar whom also received these teachings before escaping China’s occupation of Tibet and in turn entrusted them to those of us they deemed capable of putting them into practice as such over their years teaching in the West

“I missed out on the disruption that the Trungpa era represents in the history of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the West.”

Sally continues.

“When anything was possible for us as Buddhists when Rangjung Rikpe Dorje was the head of the head of the Karma Kagyu sect.”

Caroline replies.

“The disruption to Tibetan tradition Rangjung Rikpe Dorje allowed to happen in the West under his watch may have been contained by the Karma Kagyu sect since that time.”

Caroline continues.

“But fear not for the teachings of Khenpo Gangshar, that which made Trungpa so disruptive to Tibetan tradition, are alive and well in the minds of those of us in the West these teachings have been transmitted to us, ironically, to the exclusion of Tibetans themselves.”

End scene. Fini.

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