By Erik D. Curren
Curiosity in Buddhism has exploded within the final couple of many years, and hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide view Tibetan Buddhism because the religion's so much natural and actual shape. but, a political clash between Tibetan lamas themselves is now poised to rip the Tibetan Buddhist international aside and threaten the ntegrity of its thousand-year outdated teachings. On August 2, 1993, Rumtek monastery used to be attacked. Its priests have been expelled and the cloister used to be became over to supporters of a boy-lamas appointed through the chinese language executive. yet Rumtek used to be now not in China, and its attackers weren't Communist troops. Rumtek used to be in India, the safe haven for many exiled Tibetans. And it was once Tibetan lamas and priests themselves who led the siege. but, proof exhibits that chinese language brokers without delay supported Tibetan lamas and clergymen who attacked Rumtek monastery. whereas an entire photograph of this controversy has been blurred by way of the media's specialise in overseas Buddhist celebrities, Buddha's now not Smiling challengers Readers to pass judgement on for themselves the health and wellbeing of Tibetan Buddhism at the present time
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Does Shamar deserve this criticism? Has he acted improperly as his critics allege? Or, as he claims, has he defended the integrity of the office of the Karmapa and the purity of the Karma Kagyu lineage as was the duty of the Shamarpa, at risk to his reputation and even to his personal safety? Is he fit to recognize the seventeenth Karmapa? This book will examine his actions as well as his views as a way to understand the Karmapa controversy and corruption in Tibetan Buddhism. Without Shamar to oppose the Dalai Lama's candidate, there would be no Karmapa controversy, so understanding Shamar's motives is crucial.
5 million Indian rupees (about $525,000) as a dol)ation for the Karmapa to apply towards construction of Rumtek and his other activities. On the advice of his disciples active in the Gangtok business community, to safeguard these funds, the Karmapa put them into a legal trust. In order to form the group under Indian law, the Karmapa signed the original title deed for the Karmapa Charitable Trust at New Delhi's diplomatic mission to the still independent kingdom of Sikkim. Though not specifically written with Tibetan lamas in mind, Indian law contains a provision f~r "charitable trusts" that allows reincarnate lamas to safeguard their assets in the period between their death and the time when their reincarnation reaches age twenty-one.
This couple was Hannah and Ole, and they always came to Swayambhu at that time. Whenever His Holiness Karmapa came out and saw them there, he would joke with Ole, shake hands and then pull away and scream, as if Ole had broken his hand. He was always playing with him. "After some weeks, a friendship developed between His Holiness Karmapa and the Danish man. Ole would help Gyalwa Karmapa walk down the long narrow staircases from the top. of the hill, holding his hand.. A very strong boy he was. Then it happened that this hippie boy was always there helping His Holines~, because he was a fat man and the stairs were all long and narrow and tricky.
Buddha's not smiling: Uncovering corruption at the heart of Tibetan buddhism today by Erik D. Curren