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Curiosity in Buddhism has exploded within the final couple of a long time, and thousands of individuals worldwide view Tibetan Buddhism because the religion's such a lot natural and genuine 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themselves is now poised to rip the Tibetan Buddhist international aside and threaten the ntegrity of its thousand-year outdated teachings.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 was once attacked. Its priests have been expelled and the cloister was once grew to become over to supporters of a boy-lamas appointed by means of the chinese language executive. yet Rumtek used to be no longer in China, and its attackers weren't Communist troops. Rumtek used to be in India, the shelter for many exiled Tibetans. And it was once Tibetan lamas and priests themselves who led the siege. but, proof indicates that chinese language brokers at once supported Tibetan lamas and priests who attacked Rumtek monastery. whereas a whole photo of this controversy has been blurred by way of the media's specialise in foreign Buddhist celebrities, Buddha's now not Smiling challengers Readers to pass judgement on for themselves the overall healthiness of Tibetan Buddhism this present day
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They brought donations of clothing and money. In his characteristically ebullient style, Ole Nydahl has rhapsodized on his time at Rumtek during the time of the sixteenth Karmapa: "Actually, if anything was ever holy, it was Rumtek. I can tell you that on the way to Rumtek, you would often have two black birds flying in front of you the whole way; they would stop till you came closer and then they would fly on again. Your dreams would be prophetic, there would be a blessing there, there would be a power there that you cannot express in words.
Gyaltsab is one of the highest reincarnate lamas in the Karma Kagyu, and one of the major players in the Karmapa dispute. Two of his earlier incarnations who lived in the seventeenth century had official roles as regents of the Karmapa's monastery at Tsurphu near Lhasa, and gyaltsab means "regent" in Tibetan. But subsequent incarnations had no administrative role at the Karmapa's monastery until the current twelfth Gyaltsab, born in 1954, took over in 1993 from the administration that had run the monastery since the sixteenth Karmapa's death in 1981.
The monks claimed that the Tibetan exile leader had overstepped his authority in trying t choose a leader for their group. Neither his political role nor his position as a lama in his own Gelug tradition entitled him to choose the Karmapa, who is the leader of a different tradition, known as the Karma Kagyu. In history, the Karmapas originated nearly three centuries before the Dalai Lamas. The monks said that their own lamas have always chosen the Karmapa without help from the Dalai Lama and the government he led in Tibet until 1959, and in exile ever since.
Buddha's not smiling: Uncovering corruption at the heart of Tibetan buddhism today by Erik D. Curren