A reader commented on the present demise of the Karma Kagyu lineage under OTD’s leadership.
“Jamgon Rinpoche left. Kalu Rinpoche left (and is doing things like openly teaching the six yogas of niguma outside of the retreat setting in Canada soon). KTD is imploding. The monlam is not being broadcast and it is monastic-only.
At this rate the karma kagyu will go the way of the other kagyu lineages that couldn’t survive as independent lineages.
Chokgyur Lingpa indicated that there will be 21 Karmapas, we are nearing the end. Things are in decline.
Take whatever instructions you have received and practice them.
Nothing lasts forever.”
The 16th Karmapa died in 1981.
We who had the privilege to benefit from his dharma activity in his capacity as Vajradhara, empty, luminous and capable of anything, what a Karmapa is, have over the past 36 years taken that which we were instructed to do and have put said instructions into practice.
Good for us.
It made no difference who succeed the 16th Karmapa as such.
That being said, today in 2017, 36 years later, this is no longer enough.
This year KTD ceased operations on OTD’s say so alone.
Just like that.
All without a peep from anyone there.
It was simply decided.
If you want to know what China’s dictatorship of the Bodhisattva-yana is, this is it.
Combine the spiritual materialism of Tibetans with the dialectical materialism of China’s Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.
Wait 36 years.
And there you have it.
China, a dictatorship, is the leader of the Buddhist world.
Today in 2017 it is as if the 16th Karmapa never fled the Chinese in 1959.
Talk about alternative facts.
The time has come for us to stop normalizing OTD’s narrative here and now.
I submit this for your consideration here.