White people need not apply, the Karma Kagyu of Thrangu Tashi Choling, Yushu, Qinghai, China…

Picture of China’s patriotic Karma Kagyu cadre assembled at Thrangu Tashi Choling that the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss the 1989 turning of Khenpo Karthar into an advocate of his Karma Kagyu sect repatriating itself to Yushu in Qinghai, China, much to the chagrin of many a disciple of his at the time…

Jonathan begins.

“In 1932 when Khenpo Karthar was 9 years old the Dalai Lama attacked Yushu in a property dispute who owned the labor of its people, the local monasteries or His Holiness in Tibet.”

Jonathan continues.

“It was Yushu’s monasteries protected by the Republic of China against the Dalai Lama backed by the British in India.”

Sally replies.

“What happened?”

Jonathan replies.

“The Dalai Lama’s forces sacked the monasteries but were later forced to retreat by Chinese forces.”

Virginia replies.

“Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche was born in China of Tibetan parents.”

Virginia continues.

“After escaping Mao’s China he fled to India.”

Jonathan replies.

“Where the Indian Government interned him in Buxador for a decade for not being from the Dalai Lama’s Tibet.”

Virginia replies.

“We don’t talk about that.”

Jonathan replies.

“It was a death camp, he was luck to survive Buxador.”

Virginia replies.

“In the late 1980’s, after living in the States for less than ten years the Chinese government reached out to Rinpoche, along with Thrangu Rinpoche, to return to China and re-establish Thrangu Tashi Choling.”

Virginia pauses.

“So what?”

Jonathan replies.

“You are leaving out the part which has Khenpo Karthar dying of Tuberculosis thanks to his internment at Buxador by the Indian Government being allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa.”

Allen replies.

“I had been with Rinpoche since 1981, seeing him every six months until I was told he was too old to make the trip to Chicago anymore.”

Jobathan replies.

“Given Rinpoche’s poor health nobody questioned this at the time.”

Allen replies.

“It was only later that I found out that he was on the down low establishing dharma centers in Taiwan during this very same time period.”

Jonathan replies.

“My point exactly, this is who Khenpo Karthar is, a Tibetan from China for whom the Dalai Lama’s Tibet ceased to be a thing for him long before it became a thing for us here, which didn’t happen for most of us until years later.”

Virginia replies.

“The Karma Kagyu of Yushu survived the Dalai Lama’s attempts to annihilate them, from the 17th century to present, thanks in no small part to Yushu being part of China.”

Virginia replies.

“How is this not a good thing?”

Allen replies.

“That Khenpo Karthar in America wasn’t meant to be, in retrospect, isn’t an issue for me.”

Allen pauses.

“At the time all I knew was what I had been told, which was that Rinpoche checking up on me every six months would no longer be a thing for me anymore.”

Allen continues.

“I simply brought what happened to my practice, and moved on.”

End scene. Fini.

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One response to “White people need not apply, the Karma Kagyu of Thrangu Tashi Choling, Yushu, Qinghai, China…

  1. Jeff

    The title of this post suggests that only white Americans choose to follow the dharma. I guess we can surmise that lhaktong is not part of your mahamudra.


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