Is China’s safe short Karma Kagyu lineage of Ogyen Trinley Dorje a path to liberation?

Dear readers,

Salut mes amis !

In 1992 for reasons that had nothing to do with the dharma the Karma Kagyu sect collaborated with China to make Ogyen Trinley Dorje 17th Karmapa.

“Those who are outside the path of the venerable noble Nāgārjuna
Do not possess the means for peace.
They deviate from both seeming reality and true reality.
Since they deviated from the two realities, there is no liberation to be accomplished.”

Cadrakirti

The entrance into centrism

Madhyamakāvatā

Dbu ma la ‘jug pa

Translation from Karl Brunnhölzl

The center of the sunlit sky

Page 98

Voilà !

In 2016 we can say without fear of contradiction that China’s safe short Karma Kagyu lineage of Ogyen Trinley Dorje is not a path to liberation.

Courage !

Bill

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2 responses to “Is China’s safe short Karma Kagyu lineage of Ogyen Trinley Dorje a path to liberation?

  1. Being a follower of Trinley Thaye Dorje as the 17th Karmapa, I wish the other Karmapa title claimant, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, everything best – may he and his students develop well!

    But I also want to stress that not the whole Karma Kagyu School collaborated with China. Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, from the very beginning, refused to accept any interference from Beijing. The Diamond Way centres under the guidance of Lama Ole Nydahl and the Dhagpo Kagyu network under Gendun Rinpoche put their confidence behind the 14th Shamarpa, whom they considered to be the only rightful leader of the Karma Kagyu School after the Karmapa. South Asian organizations with reference to Shangpa Rinpoche and other respected teachers did the same. Today, almost 900 centres, monasteries and institutes in 69 countries follow Karmapa Thaye Dorje. It is definitely not a small minority.

    • Dear readers,

      The conventional wisdom in 1992 was that China’s recognition of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as 17th Kamapa was analogous to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, just as the fall of the wall was the end of the Soviet Union the Karmapa’s return to occupied Tibet was supposed to somehow be the end of the Chinese Communist Party.

      Even the Dalai Lama approved of China’s recognition of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as 17th Karmapa at the time.

      We can today say without fear of contradiction that the Karma Kagyu sect’s collaboration with China to make Ogyen Trinley Dorje as 17th Karmapa was not the end of the Chinese Communist Party but instead the opposite.

      It only normalized China’s occupation of Tibet and its territorial ambitions in the region.

      China flipped the script on the West and rebranded itself as a patron of Tibetan Buddhism with Ogyen Trinley Dorje as a poster child for its territorial ambitions in India and beyond under the guise of being the world’s leading patron of Buddhism today, which as far as the Karma Kagyu sect of Ogyen Trinley Dorje is an established fact.

      Bill

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