When the 57 year old 16th Karmapa passed into Parinirvana 36 years ago here in us he saw his lineage’s future 

Every Karmapa since the 5th has bent a knee to China with the sole exception of the 16th so it is understandable that a Chinese Government eager to put Mao’s rule behind it would want the Black Crown returned to Tsurphu Monastery and this moment in history was not lost on my 57 year old guru Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche after the 16th Karmapa passed away here 36 years ago in 1981.

The 16th Karmapa and my guru Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche were contemporaries, both born in 1924, which explains to 58 year old me how after the 16th Karmapa passed away here in 1981 57 year old Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche assumed the role he chose for himself in returning the Black Crown to Tsurphu Monastery.

The first step in making this happen was the rebuilding of Tsurphu Monastery.
Along with 48 year old Thrangu Rinpoche, and 42 year old Akong Rinpoches, 57 year old Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche made this happen, doing the unthinkable to 23 year old me, find common cause with the Chinese Government, funded by members of the Chinese Buddhist community whom supported the economic reforms of 77 year old Deng Xiaoping, “to get rich is glorious, the rest being history, in 2017 a 17th Karmapa with his visit to Sikkim later this year one step closer to returning the Black Crown to Tsurphu Monastery, that which my 92 year old guru set out to do 36 years ago in 1981 after the 57 year old 16th Karmapa passed into Parinirvana here, where he saw his lineage’s future, not in China but in the West.

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3 responses to “When the 57 year old 16th Karmapa passed into Parinirvana 36 years ago here in us he saw his lineage’s future 

  1. Michael

    1955 – “The suspicion and fear the Dalai Lama felt on the way to Beijing had been transformed into confidence and hope. Other leading Tibetan lamas travelling back from Beijing, such as the 16th Karmapa, also spoke to Khampas of the material advances in China and the need for friendly relations with the Chinese.” From p 224 in Tibet: a history by Sam van Schaik. END.OF.LEGEND.

  2. Sam

    I’d like to pose a question, if nobody cares to or has the balls to answer, no problem.
    If I had the inclination to sit in a box for three years, three months and three days – like a chicken perching on an egg – what would hatch? I am concerned someone would consider egg sitting a spiritual attainment, creating another ego issue. Are the retreat instructions perhaps a metaphor? I enjoy metaphors.
    If this act of incubation actually hatched great spiritual teachers, we should pay the chicken so to speak, and not the farmer.
    You may or may not have another opinion, I’m interested.

    • In the Karma Kagyu lineage at least, the result, the realization of the true nature of the mind, is not a metaphor. We take the result, said realization, as the path. As such the purpose of the so called “traditional” retreat of which you speak, the three years, three months, three days spent in a box under the supervision of a retreat master is a form of pointing out the true nature of the mind, not to produce a result but instead to habituate oneself in the result, that which is empty, luminous, and capable of anything. Whether this so called tradition works or not is debatable of course, but I shall limit my response to the question asked, or at least my understanding of it.

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