The sexual assault of Kalu Yangsi and the toxic enthno-nationalism of the 17th Karmapa’s Tibetan Buddhism

As long as we are demanding that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, as representative of the 17th Karmapa in the United States of America speak to the Buddhists of America, he is currently promoting his latest book to us so the opportunity to speak to our concerns about the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul’s welfare, in August Jamgon Kongtrul the 4th took to Facebook in response to the blow back he was receiving from his decision in April of this year to leave his monastery, let us not forget the sexual assault of Kalu Yangsi which occurred when he was a child under the 17th Karmapa’s watch which we have to this date yet to receive an official account from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche as the 17th Karmapa’s representative to the Buddhists of America, as long as Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is asking us to buy his latest book he can at the very least speak to our concern as Buddhists here in the United States of America as it pertains to the toxic ethno-nationalism of the 17th Karmapa’s Tibetan Buddhism he represents.


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  1. We check out the teachings of the Buddha dharma, we check our lama, we check our meditation, we check how we are functioning in daily life, we check, we check we check. How is it that we did not check the Karmapa out to see if he was authentic? How could AMERICA, the land of the free and home of the brave, not do anything to stop communist China from usurping all that was good and worthy from our fine lineage? Really how can we just sit back and do nothing in the face of a mountain of evidence contrary to the innocence to Akong, Situ, and the others to install a communist spy as the Karmapa? This flys in the face of all that is good and just in the world.

    People, we all need to start asking some very very difficult questions, first of ourselves and then of OTD Rinpoche. We need to turf his backside out the back door of the monastery. The communist party of China has no place whatsoever in our practice!

    • Tenzin C

      Says the guy that OTD will fry.

      Dude, mellow out and give bill a handjob.

      • Dear Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, what’s the deal with this toxic masculinity of the 17th Karmapa’s ethno-nationalist Tibetan Buddhism?

      • I find this really funny. You all can criticise Bill and his ideas, but I ask have you criticised OTD to the same standard? Only then will you know the truth. Enough with the double standard, Communist China has no part in our practice. Buddhism is the freedom of our minds. Or should you have to report your enlightenment to the politburo and ask for their approval?

    • What say you Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche? Just as over the course of the last century the Buddhists of America overcame the toxic ethno-nationalism of Japanese Buddhists to become Zen Buddhists in their own right, the time has come for the Buddhists of America to overcome the toxic ethnic-nationalism of the 17th Karmapa’s Tibetan Buddhism that you represent, when you aren’t asking us to buy your latest book, “Emotional Rescue,” I’m sure your publisher, Penguin, won’t be happy when every search of your title directs potential customers to a discussion of a child’s rape, I mention this only to point out to you that not responding to the concerns of the Buddhists of America as the 17th Karmapa’s representative to us, with all due respect and best wishes for you, your new wife and child of course.

  2. Milton

    Say what you will about DPR, he did have the gentility to give his ex-wife his home for $1. That’s available on the public record.

    • Let’s not get off into the weeds yet again hating on Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche please, yes, he divorced his first wife and she got their home, yes, he changed his name to Arnae Tony Kwahu and assumed the identity of a Chinese American to conceal his marriage to Taiwanese TV personality Aya Liu and the child they had together, a girl, from the judgement of the more extreme ethno-nationalistic elements of the Tibetan Buddhist community, no doubt he has good reason to do so, all this is true, but let us not forget, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is the 17th Karmapa’s representative to the Buddhist of America, and we have more important concerns to be addressed than any of the above, the midlife crisis he appears to presently going through.

      • Christian

        Yes, but what does he represent?

        He models all the wrong behavior.

        He is a waste of time, old potatoes, a washed up Tibetan version of Deepak Chopra.

        Good luck trying to get him or any navel gazing lineage holder who is obsessed with speaking at google to do something different.

        Ponlop Rinpoche = Epic Fail

        • That being said Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is a disciple of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and therein lies the rub for me, as a lama I know that nothing is as it appears to be thanks in no small part to my study of his guru’s teachings which I never would have received if not for Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, thus I don’t give a second thought to his obvious shortcomings and notwithstanding any past disappointments, I reached out to him in 2010 in the hope that he would intervene on behalf of us with the 17th Karmapa to remove Tenzin Chonyi, his stepfather, as president of KTD, talk about a family, no wonder he is having a midlife crisis, and even though it was not to be, he serves like his father before him, the 16th Karmapa’s Labrang, as does Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, his brother an Labrang for the 17th Karmapa, not us the Buddhists of America but his own people, whom if he fails to respond to our concerns will be the demise of his family business, the real power behind the 17th Karmapa’s throne.

          • Sharon

            Fascinating that you extend to DPR the forgiveness that you do be cause he is one of your lamas, yet you seem unable to extend that same sense of forgiveness to His Holiness Karmapa…

            • The 17th Karmapa last year did knowingly collaborate with the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party to recognize a Traleg Yangsi as the reincarnation of a Tibetan whom as a child in 1959 fled the Chinese Communist Party’s occupation of his homeland, whom lived and taught the Buddhists of Australia as a valued member of not only said sangha, became a proud citizen of Australia, and lived his life there as an example to all who live in the dictatorships of the world today and risk their lives to seek a life for themselves in a democracy of what when given the freedom to do so a determined freedom loving individual can accomplish given the freedom to do so, effectively ending the crazy wisdom Karma Kagyu lineage of a teacher of mine, Traleg Rinpoche, an act for which there can be no forgiveness, to condemn a child of a Tibetan and their family to the very same fate that he and his sister claim to have fled as children, a claim which in retrospect without question throws shade upon their very presence in India among those Tibetans that risked their lives to flee the Chinese Communist Party’s occupation of their homeland, is the act of a monster and not of a human being much less a 17th Karmapa, furthermore Ogyen Trinley Dorje stands accused of much worse, that under his watch Kalu Yangsi was gang raped by his very own monastery’s monks, as 17th Karmapa it was his responsibility to guarantee the welfare of this child and not only did he fail to do so, as 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to date has yet to even acknowledge that said sexual assault even happened nor taken a single step to make sure it doesn’t happen again, and there is even more for which Ogyen Trinley Dorje has to answer to the Buddhists of America, under Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s watch as 17th Karmapa a child that he personally recognized as Jamgon the 4th was so ill treated over the course of his young life by the monks of his own monestary that he was forced to flee said monastery in April of this year to escape the lifetime of abuse he suffered there, which as 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has yet to even address other than to issue a press release on the subject, more than he did after Kalu Yangsi was gang raped, but by no means sufficient to satisfy the concern of the Buddhists of America have for the welfare of Jamgon Kongtrul the fourth, and last but not least we have the fact that Ogyen Trinley Dorje as 17th Karmapa did knowingly use since 2007, nine years and counting, as documented by the Panama Papers, the very same law firm used by members of the Chinese Communist Party to hide money he received as 17th Karmapa from members of the Chinese Buddhist Community whom support said dictatorship’s efforts under the current regime to rebrand itself as the leader of the Buddhist world with Ogyen Trinley Dorje as defacto successor to the role of most recognized Buddhist leader in the world, an honor presently held by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in an offshore bank account in the British Virgin Islands, which although not against the laws of the country that has granted him asylum is without question not only a betrayal of every freedom loving Tibetan suffering said dictatorship’s genocidal occupation of Tibet but furthermore a clear and present threat to the very freedom that the Buddhists of America hold to be inalienable, that which generations of Americans have fought and died abroad to guarantee that said freedom does not perish from the earth, so, in conclusion all the above which we demand, the Buddhists of America hereby demand that Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche as the 17th Karmapa representative to the Buddhist of America, notwithstanding any and all of his apparent shortcomings as a person, son of Damchö Yongdu, the 16th Karmapa’s Labrang, brother to the 17th Karmapa’s current Labrang, Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, his family’s business being the Karmapa brand as such, answer to the satisfaction of the Buddhists of America for the above actions of Ogyen Trinley Dorje whom has so evidently proven himself not up to the standards that the Buddhists of America hold themselves up to, an understatement, but furthermore as 17th Karmapa, the hitherto presumed reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa, disqualifies Ogyen Trinley Dorje from ever again presuming the honor to teach Buddhism to the Buddhists of America forthwith.

              • karma

                I knew Traleg Rinpoche, whom you claim as your teacher. He would have been horrified at what you are doing here. You smear his legacy.

                • So did I and I beg to differ.

                    • I actually know the back story of the above picture of Traleg Rinpoche and Ogyen Trinley Dorje, I first met Traleg Rinpoche here in Chicago on his first tour of the United States of America, I mistook him for someone coming to see Traleg Rinpoche when we first met at KTC Chicago, he was dressed not in robes but like he just stepped out of Lands End catalog, we hit it off immediately of course during his first teaching here in which, much to his delight, I disagreed with him over his statement that Wangchuk Dorje was responsible for introducing the Karma Kagyu lineage to the Shentong empty of other view, I argued that according to Karma Trinley’s history of the sixteen Karmapa’s of Tibet it was Rangjung Dorje who introduced the Karma Kagyu lineage to this particular view, which he of course happily stood corrected after further consideration, we friends ever since, and I can say without fear of contradiction that he was a teacher of mine until his death, I remember well the moment in the midst of the controversy over Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s being named 17th Karmapa when while still recovering from a traumatic brain injury he had suffered Traleg Rinpoche did, much to our consternation over the effect doing so on his health, did offer three prostrations to a small picture of Ogyen Trinley Dorje who was then a small child, to in no uncertain terms make clear to all present that despite our misgivings about how Ogyen Trinley Dorje became the 17th Karmapa, he shared our concerns I might add, it was a done deal and as Karma Kagyu all we could do at this point was to proceed as if he was the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa, so this being said a picture of Traleg Rinpoche with Ogyen Trinley Dorje in no way clears him of the crime against humanity he perpetrated in 2015 when he collaborated with the United Front Work department to name a Traleg Yangsi, thus ending the Traleg crazy wisdom Karma Kagyu lineage which the late Traleg Rinpoche established in the West, in Australia and here in the United States of America.

      • karma

        It’s so weird that you claim to uphold crazy wisdom principles, and yet you are so inflexible and prissy in your judgements of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. For all your punk swagger, You are really just a hysterical consevative scold.

        • You obviously did not read my detailed defense of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche against his haters here, you are clearly grasping at straws in your attempt to cast shade on my politics which are left of Bernie Sanders, although I must admit to voting for Hillary Clinton yesterday, the scariest Halloween ever, a vote I cast not for her but against the toxic masculinity that you share with Donald Trump and his ethno-nationalism which he shares with the 17th Karmapa, and as far as my liberal mindedness one need only check out my Twitter feed to see what my interests are.

  3. Tate

    Hey now, Sharon. Dial it back a bit; DPR is an incredibly highly realized lama of the lineage. I can understand your feeling threatened by him, but let’s be clear that until American begins to produce realized lamas (which it has yet to do) we are dependent upon lineage holders such as DPR.

    You would do well no not bite the hand that feeds you, my friend.

    • karma

      There won’t be any realised American lamas coming from this neck of the woods, I can assure you, despite their claims.

      • Fidel

        But what of Lama Bill Schwartz? The haldol induced lama of the mahamudra lineage!

        • karma

          It’s not for us to question his integrity or claims to being a lama. We’re supposed to be doing that to all the other lamas.

          • Bradly, you are actually responding to a comment you yourself posted as Fidel and expect to be taken seriously?

            • Kim

              Who the hell is Bradley?

              Bill, if you were Traleg’s ‘friend’ you’d have known about his alcoholism and multiple sexual partners.

              • On two occasions that I recall off the top of my head he was so indisposed by his drinking problem that he had to cancel teachings here in Chicago, was common knowledge here, I am not privy to any infidelity he may have committed elsewhere, he never cheated on his wife while visiting Chicago KTC, I wasn’t his wingman but a student of his, as I have stated here in regards to Dzongchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s personal shortcomings as previously mentioned here the same applies to Traleg Rinpoche, as a lama of the 16th Karmapa’s mahasiddha inspired crazy wisdom Karma Kagyu lineage, there are not an issue, when Traleg Rinpoche cancelled his visit two years in a row hours before he was expected to arrive at Chicago KTC, a friend had flown to Chicago from California and was a house guest on both occasions I was not a happy camper, but I understood the causes and conditions which led to his drinking, I have known my fair share of alcoholics in my time, compare this to what Ogyen Trinley Dorje, I will not restate what he stands accused of as 17th Karmapa, suffice it to say it comes as no surprise that he hasn’t visited the United States of America this year, he previously stated that he planned to visit the United States annually, because the mere fact that he was caught using the same law firm as members of the Chinese Communist Party to hide money in an offshore account, as documented by the Panama Papers would be sufficient cause to deny him a visa to visit here, there is no comparison, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is not up to the standard the Buddhists of America hold teachers of Buddhism to in our country.

              • Who is Bradley? Bradley Hammond is the name that the person posting as karma in the comments here used to confirm his identity by providing a link to a WordPress blog created using Bradley Hammonds name, which if you click through to said blog has never been posted to.

        • This comment is from the same person presently posting as Karma, check out the link to the blog this person created to gaslight readers here in which he has never posted a single blog, if Karma is Bradley Hammond he will have to do better than this to verify his identity, something that he has hitherto refused to do here over the past four years of his posting comments here.

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