The Mahayana would have us negate appearances, everything is empty, and replace them with alternative facts, a lie, that whichever Bodhisattva we pray to will save us, which was the Buddhist conventional wisdom of the day when in 1193 Nalanda University was sacked by Turkish invaders.
Good to know.
Today KTD is winding down operations in Woodstock, New York.
KTD has a mortgage to pay and the Chinese Government just made it more difficult for Chinese Buddhists to continue to pay its mortgage thanks to said government’s recent crackdown on its citizens transferring money out of the country.
To say nothing of the recent decline in tourism from Mainland China to Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan which has certainly impacted the financial bottom line for KTD’s benefactors there whom have underwritten its operations for decades according to a source at KTD whom claimed to have had access to its books years ago who reached out to me when I wrote for Elephant Journal in 2010.
In 2010 KTD’s apologists online proudly proclaimed that “in ten years nobody will remember that Bardor Tulku Rinpoche had demanded the resignation of Tenzin Chonyi,” not coincidentally, the very same genius in finance whom thought 2008 was a great time to take out a mortgage on KTD’s Woodstock, New York property, never imagining that there would come a day in which it couldn’t depend on Chinese Buddhists to pay its mortgage payment.
A current member of KTD’s board once joked with me, this is not a direct quote, “As long as there are Chinese mothers worried about their son’s future willing to pay for the necessary good karma to succeed money will never be a problem,” in effect, in response to my concern over Chicago KTC’s ability to host a visit by the 17th Karmapa on the scale of his 2008 visit to Seattle.
Today the question is whether anyone in 2020 will remember when KTD was open to the general public to sit at the feet of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and so on.
The halcyon days of the 17th Karmapa’s monastic seat in North America.
At least we have Lama Yeshe’s translations of these teachings to remind us of the time.
The Mahayana would have us negate appearances, everything is empty, and replace them with alternative facts, a lie, that whichever Bodhisattva we pray to will save us, which was the Buddhist conventional wisdom of the day when in 2008 KTD’s president for life took out a mortgage on its Woodstock, New York property based on the expectation that Chinese Buddhists would never fail to come up with the money to make its monthly mortgage payment.