Chinese government and Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetans can’t handle the truth that as Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s Regent Situ Rinpoche chose poorly when he partnered with the Chinese Government to have His Holiness recognized as the 17th Karmapa with their blessings.
Whether we are talking about the Indian Government’s belief that Ogyen Trinley Dorje is compromised by his regent’s machinations to re-establish Karma Kagyu institutions in Tibet with the support of the Chinese government or the recent business with the Drukpa monasteries in Tibet, unlike Tibetans, we can handle the truth that the cause of these results is to be found in the regency of Situ Rinpoche.
That in the 1980’s the Chinese Government’s rapprochement with their Tibetan exiles found a partner in Situ Rinpoche is not a personal attack on him as a lineage holder or teacher but instead simply a matter of fact. China’s Tibetan exiles got what they wanted, the re-establishment of their monastic seats. And now we have the consequences of their being allowed to do so.
What the Chinese Government got in return was the very same sectarianism these monastic institutions represent that has divided Tibetans for centuries and allowed it to occupy Tibet in the first place. This business with the monasteries in Tibet, the scandal over the forced conversion of Drukpa monasteries in Tibet, is a result over thirty years in the making.
For those of us that believe Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the 17th Karmapa we know this business with the monasteries is not his doing. That being said, this could be the end of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa in the West if he can’t get in front of the blow back from what has happened. This monastery business isn’t who we are Buddhists. If he can’t speak out against this business with the monasteries he is done in the West. He might as well return to Tsurphu.
This no doubt would be a devastating blow for the cause of China’s Tibetan exiles, and the waste of a promising Buddhist teacher for us, but at least we could move on as Buddhists and begin the process of separating ourselves from the Buddhism of Tibetans which has held us back for generations here in the West.
The time has come for us to establish our own institutions as Tibetan Buddhists, to organize ourselves as we see fit, free of China’s Tibetan exiles. If Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t up to seizing the moment, we will rise to the occasion and do what we need to do for ourselves as Buddhists, Tibetans and their Buddhism be damned.
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