Tire-toé une bûche,
“I never really felt that I had any freedom of my own,” he said of his youth at Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa in Tibet, where he lived under close supervision at all times.
After the 16th Karmapa died in 1981 Thrangu, Akong and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche collaborated with the Chinese to enthrone OTD as his successor.
For the record, these three Tibetans did this.
Chen Li-an didn’t collaborate with a child by comparison, which Situ Rinpoche was at the time, but instead the adults in the room with a following in the West, which Thrangu, Akong and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoches were after the 16th Karmapa died.
Moving forward any discussion of what became of OTD as 17th Karmapa must acknowledge their failure as such.
As Ponlop Rinpoche noted recently the 16th Karmapa saw us as the future of his lineage, Tibetan buddhism with Western Characteristics as such.
Thrangu, Akong and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoches thought otherwise and acted accordingly, which is why today we have a Karmapa at 31 without a clue as to how to proceed as 17th Karmapa at this point in his life.
L’affaire est ketchup !