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“In 1410, Deshin Shekpa returned to Tsurphu to oversee the reconstruction of Tsurphu…”

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“In 1410, Deshin Shekpa returned to Tsurphu to oversee the reconstruction of Tsurphu, which had been damaged by an earthquake. He recognized the Shamar reincarnation of Chopal Yeshe and spent three years in contemplative retreat. The next lineage holder, however, was the Karmapa’s student Ratnabhadra.

Realizing that he would die at a young age, he left indications of his future rebirth and passed away into parinirvana at the age of 31. In the ashes of his cremation fire were found relics, naturally-formed images of many Buddhas.”

Once again we are without a Karmapa so it seems, a return to regular order.

Can Karmapa Thaye Dorje be our Ratnabhadra?

The time to recognize Shamar Rinpoche’s yangsi is upon us.

We shall see.

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“The Gyalwang Karmapa Meets with Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in New York”, The exit interview for China’s Disgraced 17th Karmapa

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New York City, December 10th – Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan Government in Exile, and Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, and Mr. Ngodup Tsering, the new Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in North America, met with His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa in New York City. They had long hours meeting and lunch together.

I remember Ngodup as Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s translator. I remember his “Wild Hair” days. He had wild hair. The guy in the picture isn’t my Ngodup. My long hair Ngodup Tsering liked the “Wild Hare” which was the bar someone, not me, would take him after Bob and Colleen tucked Rinpoche in for the night. It would be cool if it was the Ngodrup of my youth. Anyway, the headline speaks for itself. In 2011 they changed their constitution to deny him a role in their government. The Panama Papers, laundering money for the Chinese, come back, don’t come back. My Ngodup Tsering would have gone there in his own youth. As we all would have back then. The world has changed for us. I have changed. I haven’t changed when it comes to the Dharma. I have never given up my nose rope when it comes to this. This using a prayer festival to launder Chinese money business is a bridge to far for us. The Tibetans bailed in 2011 for far less. He was caught hiding dirty money in a Monastery. In suitcases. We were amused. Those people, left to their devices, and so on. But as we wrap up 2017 here, best year ever I might note, what a reversal of fortune for our young man. Shit happens. People really do care about what becomes of a disgraced former successor to the Dalai Lama caught laundering money for the Chinese. We have spent the last 36 years practicing without the benefit of the 16th Karmapa. How ironic to have him show up like this on our doorstep. He has an estate in New Jersey that he is hiding out in. Just follow the money. It’s all Chinese. And it all got out of China under false pretenses. It was laundered. We now know why KTD was mortgaged. And so on. We want nothing to do with this kid of theirs. It’s time to shot or get off the pot. My Ngodup Tsering remembers. 
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Requiem of the Dalai Lama’s presumed successor, China’s Disgraced 17th Karmapa in the past tense

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In the United States, His Holiness went through a comprehensive health check up which revealed new health concerns. His Holiness’ physicians have advised him to take time for further treatment and full rest and recovery. This is difficult in India because of his busy schedule. Therefore, His Holiness has decided to extend his stay in the United States until he recovers fully.

Tsurphu Labrang has come to learn that there are various rumours circulating about the reasons for extension of His Holiness’ stay in the United States. These are false and should not be heeded. His Holiness is in the United States purely for medical reasons as outlined above.

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“We don’t know the people at this dinner table, but we can learn a lot about each of them from the different kinds of energy they display”

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“I always seem to be fending him off,” Joan blurts out. She’s hosting a dinner party while her husband out of town and she’s aware of how little affection she shows him, while he is affectionate to a fault. Two of her guests, Andrea and Bill, laugh and then exchange quick glances. They’re in a new relationship and are beginning to see where they get stuck. Andrea wants to engage in an open, unobstructed way; Bill prefers quiet time alone. Michael, the other guest, still wounded from a divorce, launches into a speech about the women in his relationships. “I always seem to fall for emotional women who can’t communicate well,” he says. “I like working with strong women who think clearly and get the job done,” he adds.

I actually remember our labeling of the behavior of each other here at Chicago KTC.

Team building 101.

The above popped up in my Twitter earlier.

I retweeted it.

I’m reminded me of how much my guru catered to my baby boom generation of dharma practitioners.

It wasn’t about them. It was about us. As it should be.

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A Chinese active measure revealed: “No role for the Karmapa” 

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More than 400 delegates from 20 countries met this week in the Indian Himalayas to implement changes that will have a profound effect on the worldwide Tibetan diaspora. If ratified by the parliament-in-exile, the withdrawal of five clauses in the Tibetan constitution will abolish the Council of Regency that has been in place for 370 years.

In 2011 the Tibetan people changed their constitution to deny China’s 17th Karmapa a role in their public life. He was caught hiding dirty money in a monastery. The Indian Government let him walk. It charged him but let him go in deference to his hitherto privileged position in the Tibetan community.

This is the Tibetan response to his hitherto privileged position in their community. they had seen enough of China’s 17th Karmapa. Forget about the political controversy surrounding his legitamacy. He had disgraced himself in their eyes.

Thus marks the end of his public life as a Tibetan leader, as far as the Tibetan people are concerned. He embarrassed them, the beginning of the end of a Chinese active measure. And it all began with the discovery of suitcases of dirty money hidden in a monastery and the subsequent humiliation of the Tibetan people by the Indian Government allowing him to walk out of deference to his hitherto priviliged position in the Tibetan community. 
They changed their constitution. They broke with 370 years of Tibetan tradition. This happened.

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China’s disgraced 17th Karmapa no longer Dalai Lama’s presumed successor wants to return to Tsurphu 

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Dotezac also believes that a financial scandal that erupted in the Karmapa’s monastery in January tarnished his reputation to a degree that he was no longer seen as acceptable as a regent.
« Everything changed after that, » he says. « The process of decoupling religion from politics accelerated. I think by renouncing his political role the Dalai Lama is preparing the ground for his return to Tibet. He has stated his wish to go back and to die there. »

This was the 17th Karmapa’s state of mind in 2011. He wanted to return to Tsurphu and die. This was the begining of the end of his life as a public figure. In 2016 his cover as a Chinese active measure blown, it has been all downhill for China’s disgraced 17th Karmapa. Earlier this year he fled India and is presently living in hiding in here. Such is his disgrace. The world has changed. And today we can begin to speak of him in the past tense.

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7 months after India gave him his walking papers, China’s disgraced 17th Karmapa’s uncertain future

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Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was recently taken to review the restrictions on his travel in an attempt to “engage” him.

So “engaged” by the Indian Government China’s 17th Karmapa fled India in disgrace to an undisclosed location abroad in the United States, a Chinese active measure, his cover blown and on the run.

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China’s disgraced 17th Karmapa, who among us enabled this fraud ? I’m talking to you Ponlop Rinpoche

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”Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the 17th Karmapa, has been running into controversies since his recognition as the head of the Kagyu Sect and his mysterious escape from Chinese controlled Tibet to India.

Row over recognition

Ogyen Trinley Dorjee was born on June 26, 1985, in a nomad community of Bakor in Eastern Tibet. He was recognised as reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa by Dalai Lama in June 1992.
However, one of the prominent teachers of Kagyu, Shamar Rinpoche, refused to recognise Ogyen Trinley Dorjee as the 17th Karmapa. He instead claimed that Thaye Trinley Dorjee was the real 17th Karmapa.

In May 2012, the Himachal government issued directions against referring Ogyen \Trinley Dorjee as Karmapa in an official communcation. The directions were issued in response to a communication by the Una administration in which it had referred to Ogyen Trinley Dorjee as the 17th Karmapa. Shamar Rinpoche had also raised objections.

Later, a third candidate, Dava Sangpo Dorjee, also claimed for the office and title. At present, he is in Nepal. The situation has split up Kagyu followers all over the world.

However, despite repeated pleas from Shamar Rinpoche, Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration recognised Ogyen Trinley Dorjee as the 17th Karmapa.

Controversy surrounding escape from China

Ogyen Trinley Dorjee escaped Tsurphu monastery in Tibet on December 28,1999. He arrived at Dharamsala on January 5, 2000, after trekking about 1,100 kilometres escaping the Chinese Army. Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the teachers of Kagyu school, reportedly managed the escape of Ogyen Trinley Dorjee from China. He wanted to take him to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim that is the traditional seat of Karmapas or the Black Hat Lamas in India. The assets of monastery are pegged at Rs 1,500 crore. However, the Union government did not allow Ogyen Trinley Dorjee to move to Rumtek allegedly under the influence of Shamar Rinpoche.
At Dharamsala, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee was kept in Gyoto Tantric Monastery under the vigil of intelligence and security agencies. He was not allowed to move to other parts of the country and foreign countries for many years.

Many doubted that Ogyen Trinley Dorjee could escape from Tibet with the knowledge of the authorities who were keeping an eye on him.

It was only in the last few years that the Indian government allowed Ogyen Trinley Dorjee to travel to other parts of the country and abroad. He still can’t visit Rumtek Monastery.

The cash controversy

In January 2011, the Una police caught the driver of a Dharamsala-based businessman with Rs 1 crore. The cash pertained to a land deal between the Karma Garchen Trust headed by Ogyen Trinley Dorjee and the businessman. Following the seizure, the Una police raided the Gyoto Tantric Monastery where the 17th Karmapa had been staying since his escape from China in 1999.
During the raids, the police recovered Rs 6 crore in 26 currencies and Rs 53 lakh in Indian currency from the Gyoto Tantric monastery.”

In addition to the above scandals:

The Panama Papers, his use of the Kagyu Monlam Prayer Festival to launder money for his Chinese Benefactor.

Said benefactor’s take over KTD, we now now why Tenzin Chonyi mortgaged it, to launder money.

The apostacy of Jamgon Kongtrol the Fourth and the ongoing cover up of what really happpend, “His Holiness,” must prove that he wasn’t abused as a child.

I believe the child.

Speaking of Buddhist monks raping children, let us not forget the monks that raped Kalu Rinpoche today middle aged men have presumably continued to abuse young monks under their authority, all said children presumably under the protection of China’s 17th Karmapa.

We are talking about the cover up of a sexual abuse scandal of historic proportions.

Speaking of examples of historic sexual abuse.

We have the over 30 years of Sexual Misconduct of Lama Norlha under said Karmapa’s watch, his sangha groomed female members to be sexually abused by their lama for decades.

I believe the women.

I’m talking to you Ponlop Rinpoche.

We’re having a cultural moment here in the West when it comes to fraud and sexual abuse.

You’re 17th Karmapa is bad on both.

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“Gen X teachers from across traditions are transforming the vision and landscape of American Buddhism”

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Buddhadharma: The generation of teachers before us is largely reaching retirement age; we’re approaching a changing of the guard. What do you feel that generation has accomplished in terms of establishing dharma in the West? And what do you see as coming next?

Rod Owens: The older generation of teachers in my tradition literally built our monasteries and retreat centers here in the West. My own monastery was built, by hand, by the first group of senior practitioners in my sangha. The first generation of Western lamas had to overcome such tremendous obstacles to enter into training. I’m deeply grateful for that, and awed by it. They made it possible for me to enter into retreat and get exposure to these particular teachings.
While they’ve given us a lot and established a lot, I’m also very sensitive to how this first generation of lamas has reproduced certain kinds of power structures that are very much a part of traditional Tibetan Buddhism but are problematic for Western communities. I think the next stage for us is to interrogate how we have reproduced different kinds of power abuse within our sanghas, and to really question the structures of patriarchy, racism, and capitalism so we can move toward a more liberating, diverse, community-based dharma.

As a Baby Boomer lama I disagree with Rod’s characterization of my generation’s relationship with Tibetan tradition. As a senior disciple of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche as I remember it Tibetan tradition wasn’t for us. The first Three year retreat at KTD was an unmitigated disaster. Lives were ruined. And so on. As I remember it was the GenX “Pay to Play” generations that embraced the Tibetan Tradition. Rod’s generation paid for their robes. They sold out the promise of the swan coming to the lake generation I represent when they bought their robes.

Lama Rod’s guru is Lama Norlha, the Harvey Weinstein of Tibetan Buddhism. As such he is part of the problem. He needs to own this. What Tibetan Buddhism has become, an apology for dictatorship, financial fraud and sexual abuse is not my generation’s fault. My generation of disciplies of today’s most senior Tibetan masters want nothing to do with what Tibetan Buddhism has become. We saw in Tibetan Buddhism an alternative to the religions we were raised in. We wanted nothing to do with Tibetan tradition. That wasn’t what we were about. And our Rinpoches, given the circumstances, following the example of the 16th Karmapa taught us how to practice on our terms. I was the first of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s disciples to receive Karma Chakme’s lineage of mahamudra from him. I was just a kid, the one of us least impressed with him. He saw the lama in me.

I had questions for Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and I expected answers. I wasn’t looking for a father figure. My step father burst that bubble for me. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche was different than my previous mentor, the Sociologist Charles Lemert, I was his research assistant on his book about French Sociology. I gave my nose rope to neither of my mentors. I was different from my fellow disciples. But being different from each other was the norm of the day for my generation of lamas. Today’s most senior Rinpoches as middle aged lamas appreciated where my generation was coming from, drawing upon Karma Chakme and adapting to their circumstances without reference to Tibetan tradition.

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Tibetan Buddhism today is a dictatorship friendly rebranding of Gandhi’s doctrine of non-violence but instead of promoting civil disobedience it promotes fraud and sexual abuse

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One need look no further than China’s 17th Karmapa.

Lama Norlha, the Harvey Weinstein of Tibetan Buddhism, is still a Karma Kagyu in good standing, thanks to “His Holiness”.

And let us not forget how the Panama Papers caught “His Holiness” laundering money for the Chinese.

All the peace and harmony in the world but instead of equality and justice won by non-violent civil disobedience Buddhism offers instead fraud and sexual abuse with inequality and injustice for all, our Tibetan Buddhism today.

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