Lost in translation: Akong Rinpoche and the New Translation era of Tibetan Buddhism in the West

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The 1992 enthronement of Ogyen Trinley Dorje marked the end of the Early Translation era of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.


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2 responses to “Lost in translation: Akong Rinpoche and the New Translation era of Tibetan Buddhism in the West

  1. nikolas kaugon

    sometimes i think you don’t love otd?

    • On the contrary I was an early adopter of Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s in 1992.

      It was the end of the Cold War.

      If it was the end of China too it made perfect sense in terms of our Karmapa narrative at the time.

      China persisted.

      Our Chinese co-religionists it turned out were not of the resistance but instead the status quo.

      We were thankful for these people’s support when we should have been more suspicious of their involvement.

      In retrospect we were played by the Chinese.

      To borrow a phrase from the ‘Russia hacked the Election’ narrative of the day 1992 was a Chinese active measure.

      In 2008 I dropped everything to see Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Seattle, I had to be there.

      I practice his short ngondro daily.

      He hadn’t cleared it with the powers that be at Karme Ling which jammed up its roll out, a welcome disruption I thought at the time, exactly what I expected from a Karmapa.

      In 2007 Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Labrang, Ponlop’s brother, began taking money from the Chinese and hiding it in an offshore bank account.

      I don’t know what happened to Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

      It’s historic.

      Something happened and I am determined to get to the bottom of it.

      I’m forever a graduate of Richelieu Valley High School, ‘Je me souviens’.

      Remember.

      In Quebec it’s all about the History, the narrative and the telling of it.

      Something historic happened in 1992 and I’m just dying to see what’s next.

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