Salut mes amis !
In the world today there is no tyranny greater than that which the Karma Kagyu sect of Khenchen Thrangu, Akong and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoches, three unassimilated Tibetan immigrants forced to live in the West as exiles have over the past 24 years so endeavored to normalize for us in the West, without success, beginning with their unprecedented collaboration with the Chinese Communist Party to make Ogyen Trinley Dorje 17th Karmapa.
During the period in question so frightened were Khenchen Thrangu, Akong and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoches of the freedoms of the West we hold so dear, the separation of Church and State, governance by consent, and freedom of expression, which proved to be so problematic for their assimilation as exiles living abroad in the West, we can say without fear of being contradicted that when the Chinese Communist Party reached out to Akong Rinpoche through Mr Chen li-an, a pro Mainland China Taiwanese businessman to make Ogyen Trinley Dorje their sectarian status quo’s 17th Karmapa, they without question went there, their “make Tibet great again” moment that never happened, which has put us in the position we find ourselves in today as dharma practitioners.
In 1992 the recognition of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as 17th Karmapa by the Chinese Communist Party was heralded as the beginning of the end for China’s rulers, what the fall of the Berlin Wall was to the Soviet Union, something which never happened.
What happened instead was the Chinese Communist Party flipped the script on the West and reimagined itself as leaders of the largest Buddhist country in the world today as they see it.
“Yu Zhengsheng, one of the ruling Communist party’s seven most powerful officials, told locals to ‘firmly resist foreign influence on Tibetan Buddhism,’ in a visit to the Himalayan region, the official Xinhua news agency said.
‘We should guide and support representative Tibetan Buddhist figures to use the leading principles of the core socialist values to explain doctrine, and promote the adaption of Buddhism to socialist society,’ Yu added in comments at the Galden Jampaling Monastery yesterday.
Since the passing of the 16th Karmapa here in 1981 much has changed in this world of appearances but not this, just as the arc of human history bends not towards tyranny but towards freedom, the arc of the Karma Kagyu lineage’s history bends not towards the Chinese Communist Party but towards us in the West whom said tyranny has so presumed upon itself in our time the authority as the leaders of the world’s largest Buddhist country to dictate to us in the West how we are to practice the dharma we have been practicing for decades now since it was first introduced here by Chogyam Trungpa 46 years ago, thanks in no small part to acquiescence of Ogyen Trinley Dorje and his Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism to its ambitions for itself.
At this point as practitioners of the 16th Karmapa’s long Karma Kagyu lineage of crazy wisdom we have no practical recourse, neither Ogyen Trinley Dorje nor the Chinese Communist party are going anywhere, than to commit ourselves to the task of making the case to our fellow Karma Kagyu in the West and to Buddhists at large around the world for the nullification of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as 17th Karmapa, to do everything we can in our public lives, not just online, to flip the script on the Chinese Communist Party, against tyranny and for the freedoms we hold dear as dharma practitioners living in the West, and thus guarantee for future generations the Karma Kagyu lineage of crazy wisdom His Holiness the 16th Karmapa entrusted to us so many years ago to uphold in his name, by whatever means necessary.