Can we now say without fear of contradiction that the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, was the last of his kind, the last Karmapa of a free Tibet, the last Karmapa of what we today call the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, a religion once practiced by generations of Tibetans, a casualty of China’s genocidal occupation of Tibet?
I think so.
If you aren’t there yet, as a senior disciple of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, my guru, a creature of said Karma Kagyu sect, I feel your pain in having to see the shame he and his fellow creatures of Thrangu Rinpoche have since the passing of the 16th Karmapa thirty five years ago brought upon our Karma Kagyu lineage, a legacy which we as dharma practitioners hold above all else as our own as to pass onto future generations of dharma practitioners, to have to consider these latest revelations pertaining to the sexual misconduct of Ogyen Trinley Dorje, China’s billionaire Karmapa.
Here’s the latest discussion of this difficult subject which I have repurposed here from the comment section of this blog in the hope that you will as I have, bring them to your practice, your guru yoga, as generations of Karma Kagyu before us have suffered the shortcomings of samsara which the guru represents in our lineage, that which so distinguishes us from all other forms of Buddhism practiced today, what Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche so aptly called the Mishap lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
We begin with Chodron’s comment.
Several times I suggested to OTD that he marry NP, publicly. “I have lied but actually this is my wife”. I have no problem with a married K17, I think few people do. But it’s the lying that bothers me. It also means NP can be pushed around at will, depending on whether there is a need for her or not. You should see her burning and suffering when he jokes around about other women during his teachings (e.g. in Sarnath). It is unfair. She can’t get up and say “Cut the crap, I am your partner”.
From Martin we have the following.
So, why doesn’t HHGK take some advice from Ponlop Rinpoche. Heck, Karmapa could change his name to Danny and marry Ngodup Palzom- maybe have a baby or two.
It is incredibly telling that he still only hold novice vows.
From Ana we have the following.
Moreover, “genyen” or “novice” vows can be taken in two ways: lay and monastic: no sex at all (novice) or no sexual abuse (the so-called 4 1/2 vows) (lay).
By the way, K15 was married.
And we conclude with a final comment from Chodron on this most difficult to read discussion of Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s shameful sexual misconduct.
I also suggested to OTD to marry NP off to some lama and marry a new woman: like this, he would not need to admit he has been lying.
Regarding KTD’s response to date.
We have Seth’s comment.
I’d go up the chain of command, Bill, and ask the KTD leadership if they have any insights as to the nature of this sex scandal. It’s either a regular sex scandal or a sex scandal involving incest.
One can also email Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, he’s probably good for a leak (lord knows he would be aware of this given his access to Karmapa).
And we have from Linda the following comment.
I sent an email to this Khenpo Karma Tenkyang and also the operations manager, Nelson, regarding the sex scandals to which you and Ana are alluding.
I requested them to issue a statement here.
Hopefully they will be able to clarify the story about Ngodup Palzom.
Wednesday I will be having the battery in my defibrillator replaced and, if need be, a third lead to connect said device to my left ventricle.
I’ve been having trouble with one of the leads but we won’t know if I need a third lead until my electrocardiologist gets a closer look at it.
I should be home tomorrow after the procedure.
If I need the third lead I will have to stay overnight for observation.
After my heart attack in 2009 my prognosis was hopeless.
That I have the excellent quality of life I today enjoy is nothing less than a miracle, which I without hesitation credit to the blessings of my guru, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and the Karma Kagyu lineage which he has entrusted me to pay forward to the next generation of hard cases of the Mishap lineage for whom how we endure the shortcomings of samsara is the measure of our dharma practice as Karma Kagyu.
So it’s back to the charnel ground yet again for me.
Keep the faith.
I have and forever will.