Picture of Khenpo Karthar as a young man sent to us by Rangjung Rikpe Dorje to transmit to us his Vajrayana lineage but none of the people Rinpoche today deems qualified to teach in his place after his death are capable of transmitting said Karma Kagyu lineage to future generations of dharma practitioners whom will have to rely upon them to do so after he passes away as such which puts us in a rather awkward situation as Karma Kagyu as his students as that day sad day approaches
“I don’t believe this is the case but let’s say that Khenpo Karthar has pulled a classic bait and switch on us.”
“Rinpoche’s lineage is Vajrayana but the people he deems qualified to teach are incapable of transmitting it to their students as such.”
“Ask Khenpo Karthar if the end, preserving Karma Kagyu tradition, justifies the means, he will tell you a story about how it does.”
“It’s a story about a merchant returning from India pawning off on his mother back in Tibet a dog’s tooth he found on the road outside her home as a Buddha relic which when so venerated by the woman became one.”
“Perhaps this may well be our loss, but in the world we live in, as Buddhists, our Buddhism holds us to an ethical standard in which the end does not so justify the means.”
End scene. Fini.
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