There is no denying that during the Cold War the Karma Kagyu sect collaborated with the Chinese Communist Party to our disadvantage  

Dear readers,

Salut mes amis !

As the BBC reported in 2013 of Akong Rinpoche in the aftermath of his murder in a dispute over money with a former monk of Situ Rinpoche while in China, “achieved something few Tibetan exiles manage to pull off – make friends among China’s top leaders,” which for us in the West who spent their youth prior to 1983 as dharma practitioners sitting at the feet of a generation of Tibetan exiles living in the West for whom we represented for better or for worse the future of their Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, changed everything for us as dharma practitioners.

“Some exiled Tibetans thought he had become too close to the Chinese government, who have a hardline policy in Tibet, in order to keep his projects there up and running.
In one photograph published in 2006 by the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, a smiling Akong Rinpoche is seen in London greeting Jia Qinglin, then a member of the standing committee of the Chinese Communist Party’s politburo.

Some exiled Tibetans thought he had become too close to the Chinese government, who have a hardline policy in Tibet, in order to keep his projects there up and running.

In one photograph published in 2006 by the Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, a smiling Akong Rinpoche is seen in London greeting Jia Qinglin, then a member of the standing committee of the Chinese Communist Party’s politburo.

Talking of Tibetans willing to meet China’s leaders, Thubten Samdup, the Dalai Lama’s representative in London, said: ‘Sometimes perhaps they go a bit too far – even attending Chinese embassy parties. It’s almost like endorsing what (the Chinese) are doing in Tibet.’

He said some people thought Akong Rinpoche was a ‘traitor’.

bbc.com

Voilà !

For us in the West in 1983, we had been at war with the Chinese Communist Party since it came to power in 1949, Akong Rinpoche collaborating with our enemy was a thing for us from the get go even if Tibetans disillusioned with their lives in exile thought of China otherwise at the time.

Fast forward to 2016 and today we can say without fear of contradiction that long before the end of the Cold War Akong Rinpoche, with the approval of his teacher Khenchen Thrangu, as did Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche during this same period, collaborated with our enemy, the Chinese Communist Party, to our disadvantage in the West and that of the Karma Kagyu lineage established here by the 16th Karmapa, our “When the swan came to the lake” moment in the 1970’s when we were a thing for the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

Courage !

Bill

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