Meanwhile in India the ignorance of the 17th Karmapa’s followers there sheds light on his struggle with depression

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I submit for your consideration Chamling writes to Sushma for Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim as an example of why the 31 year old 17th Karmapa might feel so depressed at this point in his young life.

“Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today said he has written a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, seeking permission for the 17th Karmapa’s Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s visit to Sikkim.”

I’m reminded of what a 27 year old Situ Rinpoche said in 1981 here. It wasn’t until he came here that he realized what it meant to be patient. And why the Sharmapa at the time was so down on India. Why Traleg Rinpoche as a young man himself fled life in India. To say nothing of the 16th Karmapa’s decision to pass into Parinirvana in Zion, IL rather than at his monastic seat in Sikkim. Being depressed by the prospect of living in India may well be the first normal emotion he has ever experienced.

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2 responses to “Meanwhile in India the ignorance of the 17th Karmapa’s followers there sheds light on his struggle with depression

  1. I never understood why the Karmapa had to live in the cramped upper story of a Gelugpa Monastery while in India. Did the Indian government mandate that he couldn’t have a place of his own?

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