It is hard to believe that he went there with us, that OTD having been caught last year using Chinese money to pay for his Kagyu Monlam prayer festival decided to nonetheless proceed with his Kagyu Monlam 2017 using the very same Chinese money he was caught hiding from the world in an offshore bank account last year but he did.
And there is no walking this back with us.
We have no common cause with these people as Buddhists.
43 years after the 16th Karmapa first came to our country it has finally come to this.
All that remains for us at this point in our relationship with Tibetans as Karma Kagyu in 2017 is to determine for ourselves who if any of those Tibetan exiles living here whom support OTD are with us as or against us moving forward.
OTD has pulled the plug on KTD.
Once upon a time OTD could have established a Tulku in residence but he chose not to.
Instead he chose to give China a Tulku for Thrangu Monastery.
As such we need not concern ourselves with KTD or its affiliate centers as such.
That being said we are going to have to decide what to do with Ponlop Rinpoche.
Is he with us or against us.
Ponlop Rinpoche went to ground last year.
The always available for comment Ponlop Rinpoche is no longer available for comment in 2017.
One person at Google in September of last year asked him a question about Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and he hasn’t made himself available to the public since.
He may never again show his face in public.
That being said his Nalandabodhi sangha is still a thing.
Ponlop Rinpoche’s followers have hitherto tried to have it both ways so to speak.
Are they with us or against us.
And so on.
In continuing to hold his Kagyu Monlam prayer festival this year using Chinese money OTD has chosen China over us and in doing so there can henceforth never again be a place for us as Buddhists in his Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism nor for him and his followers in our Karma Kagyu lineage moving forward.
Let this be remembered by future generations of Karma Kagyu to be the moment in our history as a lineage when Tibetans chose a Chinese future for themselves and this being the case we chose to therefore no longer accept OTD as the 16th Karmapa’s legitimate successor as Buddhists for there can be no question for us as Karma Kagyu today that no legitimate successor to the 16th Karmapa can do as OTD has done with holding his Kagyu Monlam prayer festival this year given that we know it is being paid for with money from the very same Chinese people whom forced the 16th Karmapa into exile 58 years ago.
And OTD has nobody to blame for this but himself, he did this to himself.