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And this is Karmapa’s/Tsurphu Labrang’s fault how?
Impermanence – we must stop it now!!!
Bill, have you ever heard of this Rinpoche? I haven’t, and the story is interesting….
It is isn’t. Perhaps it’s some kind of fake news article?
I’m curious though, the issue of ‘fake’ lamas recently received some publicity from Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference’s Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee.
In a CCTV interview, Zhu said that ‘[some] fake Living Buddhas are cheating people out of their savings or luring them into sexual activities using religious practice as an excuse.”
In October, one ‘Holiness Pema Woeser (alias Baima Aose) Rinpoche’, himself a self-styled Living Buddha had ‘ordained’ Zhang Tielin, a well-know Chinese actor, as a Rinpoche. The footage of the enthronement went viral on the Chinese Internet.
The China Daily said: “[Baima] deceived Han Chinese followers who don’t understand Tibetan and twisted the facts, damaging the monastery’s reputation.” The newspaper explained further: “The selection procedure is strict and lengthy, and nearly all Living Buddhas are from the Tibetan ethnic group.”
Duoshi Rinpoche, a Beijing-recognized Living Buddha told the Daily “the ceremony Baima Aose [Pema Woeser] performed was just a joke and Zhang had made a fool of himself,” adding that “Criminal activities involving fake Living Buddhas still occur frequently. …I’ve heard that some monasteries in remote places even put the title of Living Buddha up for sale and trade it with wealthy businessmen.”
It appears that even Nirvana can be bought in China today.
Xiaba Rinpoche, another ‘Chinese’ Living Buddha from Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province argued that “the prevalence of fake Living Buddhas can be attributed to people not having access to genuine ones, enabling opportunists to take advantage.”
Why do all these Lamas have Chinese names? Are they are even Tibetans?
Nobody really knows.
What do you think? I’m trying to figure out my position on all this.
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