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Tagged as #pulpbuddhism
Sames story. Magical men surrounding themselves with magical young boys.
Magically weird and unhealthy.
That was a strange comment. The only thing that I can get out of it is men surrounding themselves with boys (which in a religious context never seems to go well for the boys).
While it is certainly justified to view the “Tulku Business” critically, I wonder why this discussion focuses now particularly on Jamgon Kongtrul IV, Migyur Drakpa Senge. Jamgon Kongtrul always stayed with his parents until they sent him off to a Tibetan Shedra (/boarding school) at the age of 13, but he still spends his holidays with his parents. One should be critical of the system, but I assume that in the case of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche’s son one does not need to worry more than with other kids being sent to Tibetan boarding school by their parents.
For me as an onlooker, the impression is that both, Shamar Rinpoche and Karmapa Thaye Dorje, purposefully recognized only a handful of Tulkus over the years. In the few cases I am familiar with, these children continued to live with their parents. I have also not heard of Karmapa Orgyen Trinley recognizing many Tulkus, but others here might know better. To the contrary, Situ Rinpoche recognized hundreds of Tulkus. According to the Palpung website, he recognized most of the 350 Tulkus connected to Palpung monastery alone. I think one could safely call that a Tulku inflation. Or, to be a bit ironic, the fact that so many holy masters manifest as Tulkus must be a sign that our Kagyu tradition flourishes.
“Tulkus or lamas in the more than 180 branch monasteries and temples of Palpung Monastery may reincarnate themselves to continue their practices of Dharma when they pass away. These incarnations, more than 350, are mostly identified and recognized by Kenting Tai Situpa.”
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