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By Erik D. Curren

Curiosity in Buddhism has exploded within the final couple of a long time, and hundreds of thousands of individuals world wide 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lamas themselves is now poised to rip the Tibetan Buddhist global aside and threaten the ntegrity of its thousand-year outdated teachings.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 used to be grew to become over to supporters of a boy-lamas appointed by way of the chinese language govt. yet Rumtek used to be now not in China, and its attackers weren't Communist troops. Rumtek used to be in India, the shelter for many exiled Tibetans. And it used to be Tibetan lamas and priests themselves who led the siege. but, facts exhibits that chinese language brokers without delay supported Tibetan lamas and priests who attacked Rumtek monastery. whereas a whole photo of this controversy has been blurred via the media's specialize in foreign Buddhist celebrities, Buddha's now not Smiling challengers Readers to pass judgement on for themselves the well-being of Tibetan Buddhism at the present time

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The first Shamarpa Drakpa Sengye (1283-1349) was a student of the third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339). For the next ten centuries, the Karmapa and Shamarpa worked as a team, one often recognizing the incarnations of the other. Their partnership was enshrined in parallel titles, based on the color of the identical ceremonial miters each lama wore: The Black Hat Karmapa (Karmapa) and the Red Hat Karmapa (Shamarpa). The Shamarpas suffered an unusual setback to their line in the eighteenth century, when in the wake of a war between Tibet and Nepal, the Chinese emperor and the Dalai Lama's government blamed Shamar for the hostilities and imposed a bizarre punishment: an official ban on his future incarnations.

His round yellow hat represents the view of Nagarjuna, and d1e wisdom sword in his right hand teaches us to sever ignorance, the root of samsara, with the sharp blade ofNagarjuna's view... Dorje Shugden rides a snow lion, the symbol of the four fearlessnesses of a Buddha, and has a jewel-spitting mongoose perched on his left arm, symbolizing his power to bestow wealth on those who put their trust in him... D. whose views on Buddhism were influential in Tibet. Since the sixteenth century, monks in the Dalai Lama's own Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism have performed rituals calling on the fearsome figure of Dorje Shugden to protect their spiritual practice and help them in worldly matters.

So later, we could do some good for the monks and others who lived at Ruintek. We used to come in big groups nearly every year, starting with 50 and going up to 108 people. We would bring a lot of second-hand clothes, all kinds of things they could use. " For the Nydahls and other outsiders who visited Rumtek in the seventies and eighties, the monastery was the center of their Buddhist world. Under the benevolent dictatorship of the sixteenth Karmapa, the Karma Kagyu lineage had been successfully replanted there into the soil of exile.

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