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Karmapa Controversy

Karmapa Controversy

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Published by Yeshe Kun
A lot of background information about the question if or if there are not 2 Karmapas and if not, which one seems to be the right. Take care: In Buddhism you should never be convinced that you are right and the other is wrong. Nevertheless good backgriound information about the way the two Lamas recognized by Shamar Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama were found etc..
A lot of background information about the question if or if there are not 2 Karmapas and if not, which one seems to be the right. Take care: In Buddhism you should never be convinced that you are right and the other is wrong. Nevertheless good backgriound information about the way the two Lamas recognized by Shamar Rinpoche and the Dalai Lama were found etc..

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The Karmapa controversy
A compilation of information
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Foreword
This work fills a requirement: to provide all meaningful information for a good understanding about theKarmapa controversy which, since 1992, shakes up the Karma Kagyu lineage.While web surfing, one can notice the huge information unbalance between the two differing sides: onSitu Rinpoche's side, there is plenty of documentation, while that on Shamar Rinpoche's side is sparse.On Situ Rinpoche's side, many websites give out information, with some, dedicated to this task, havingalmost daily updates.By comparison, Shamar Rinpoche side does not even provide the minimum information sufficient tounderstand its point of view.Now, complete information easily found is essential for everyone to make up one's opinion. To limitoneself to only one version of the facts does not allow for a full understanding and leads to all extremes,which we have sorely witnessed since 1992.Studying this controversy, one is surprised by the distressing level of disinformation and ignorancesurrounding it. Few people know truly the circumstances and the unfolding of all these events whichprofoundly shook our lineage. Most contented themselves with adopting the view point of their entourage,siding either way, bringing up real quarrels and polemics between disciples of the same masters. It evencame up to murders and monasteries attacks !And yet, without going for any debate or confrontation, simply acquainting oneself with informationprovided by each side, allows us to stand back, to grasp the ins and outs in a more objective way andfinally to reach a valid opinion in this matter.So this website intends to fill the lack of communication from Shamar Rinpoche's side. It provides acompilation of information which back up its line of argument (books, articles, interviews, testimonies, …)
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sorted by chronological order. But it also provides a summary of Situ Rinpoche's side opposingviewpoint, with links to its websites.All data presented in this compilation can be checked thru other proofs. It will be a further work to list allthose proofs in this site.
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This compilation brings together books such as
"the Karmapa Papers"
, published in 1992, the reportabout the
"International Karma Kagyu Conference"
held in 1996 at New Delhi,
"Siege of Karmapa"
 written by Rumtek monks,
"The Buddha cries, Karmapa conumdrum"
work of an Indian journalist AnilMaheswari, a few excerpts from
"Rogues in Robes"
by Tomek Lehnert, as well as numerous e-mails,newspapers items, books excerpts, and sections found on the internet.
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