Rival’s marriage strengthens Dorje’s claim for Karmapa title - Hindustan Times




  • 2 Apr 2017
  • Chandigarh
  • Naresh K Thakur n naresh.kumar4@hindustantimes.com




DHARAMSHALA: With his rival Trinley Thaye Dorje now a married man, who shed monk’s robes to get hitched with his childhood friend, the claim of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to the title of the 17th Karmapa and Rumtek Monastery throne has become stronger

Thaye Dorje, 33, married Rinchen Yangzom, 36, in a private ceremony attended by close family members in New Delhi on March 25 and announced it on March 30. His office described the couple as “close childhood friends” who have known each other for more than 19 years.

Karmapa is the title given to the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are the oldest institutionalised series of rebirths in Tibetan Buddhism, preceding the Dalai Lama of Gelug sect. Currently, there are three contenders who claim to be the rightful reincarnation of 16th Karmapa. While Ogyen Dorje, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama as well as the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) lives in Dharamshala, Thaye Dorje resides in New Delhi while the third claimant Dawa Sangpo Dorjee in Nepal.The controversy over succession to the leadership of the Karma Kagyu sect is more than twodecade old.

The 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje died in 1981, and the controversy over his successor that has raged ever since, also epitomises a struggle for control of assets of Kagyu sect including vajra mukut, a sapphire-studded black crown, housed in the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim.

Matters came to a head in January 2000 when Ogyen Trinely, who was installed by the Chinese government at Trushup monastery in Tibet, staged a stunning escape to India. This started the tussle over the control of the Kagyupa, or the “Black Hat” between the factions supporting Ogyen Dorje and Thaye Dorje.

After violent clashes at Rumtek, the Indian government barred all the three claimants from entering the monastery.

Meanwhile, the office of Ogyen Dorje has refused to comment on the fresh development. However, common Tibetans feel that Thaye Dorje was never a rightful successor to the title of Karmapa. “One cannot be a practitioner and a married person at the same time,” Lobsang Wangyal, the director of Miss Tibet pageant. said, adding that in Tibetan Buddhism only accomplished spiritual masters can marry and yet claim the spiritual authority.

WHO IS A KARMAPA?

Karmapa is the title given to the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are the oldest institutionalised series of rebirths in Tibetan Buddhism, preceding the Dalai Lama of Gelug sect.


Comments

  1. What is the point of this article. It is obviously partisan grasping at weak sources to support it sensation. Is someone from the Miss Tibet pageant an authoritative source? Is a reference to "common Tibetans feel" a substantial claim? The fact is that there is a long tradition for lamas marrying, and not being discredited because of that. The 15th Karmapa was even told to get married as a means for him to get older. The first Karmapa was also involved with a consort.
    People who claim that he is no longer "pure" because of this, need to take a closer look at their personal morals. They have definitely not developed the pure view. I would recommend to follow the advice of the other Karmapa to "be spacious"

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  2. Não importa se o outro candidato casou-se ou não, não é essa a questão! Só há um Karmapa a assumir o Trono e as Funções de Karmapa na Linhagem Karma-Kagyu e no Vjarayana Tibetano e esse é Orgyen Thinley Dorje!

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  3. The 15th Karmapa was also married and had children, one of them recognized as the 12th Shamarpa, and this was never a reason to question his right to be recognized as Karmapa. This article is clearly not objective.

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