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Monasteries of Drukpa Buddhist lineage taken over
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:30:53 am »
Dozen monasteries of Drukpa Buddhist lineage taken over by monks with strong financial backing
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=46,12117,0,0,1,0#.VIc9g00tCUl


NEW DELHI, India -- While transgressions by Chinese soldiers in Ladakh in September and the resultant standoff were widely reported, an incursion of another kind shrouded in mystery is said to have taken place in Tibet at around the same time.

Sketchy details of this are only emerging now from the Chinese-controlled territory.

A dozen monasteries, all more than 800 years old and belonging to the Drukpa Buddhist lineage, were taken over by monks said to have strong financial backing after evicting those already there, leaving the sect's adherents everywhere shaken. The lineage is one of the main Buddhist schools based in the Himalayas.

The takeover of the monasteries coincided with Chinese transgressions in the Chumar and Demchok areas of Ladakh that took place while President Xi Jinping was visiting India, said Jigme Pema Wangchen, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of the sect.

"We are still trying to ascertain if more monasteries have been taken over as these areas in Tibet are remote and communication is poor," Jigme Pema Wangchen told ET. "It took the evicted monks four days to report to me after the incident occurred. These monks are apolitical, engaged in spiritual work and it is baffling why they were targeted."

Given the history of the region, with the Chinese taking control of Tibet in 1951, the Dalai Lama fleeing to set up a government in exile in Dharamsala and the two countries fighting a war in 1962, anything to do with control of monasteries assumes political significance. India recognised Tibet as an autonomous region under China in 2003.

China expert Professor Srikanth Kondapalli said that the Chinese yuan has been flowing into the monasteries in Tibet with an eye on controlling them since 2011 elections to the Tibet government in exile.

The identity of the monks, many of whom are said to have entered the monasteries under the pretext of wanting to repair and renovate them, is still unknown.

"The need of the hour is to safeguard the identity and culture of the Drukpa Lineage with some forces making attempts to disturb the order," alleged Wangchen, who is based in India.

There are some reports that the members of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Buddhism may be behind the takeover, but there is no confirmation of this.


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Re: Monasteries of Drukpa Buddhist lineage taken over
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2014, 12:33:54 pm »
For the record, these events aren't as "sketchy" as presented in the above article --- several months ago the following letter/document was issued by the Gyalwang Drukpa, appearing on his official website on September 10th:

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Over the last few days I have been receiving disturbing information from Tibet regarding the forced conversion of Drukpa Lineage monasteries in the Mount Kailash region by the Karma Kagyu Lineage. My followers in Tibet tell me that nearly all of the historic Drukpa Lineage monasteries in Mount Kailash region are being forcibly occupied by the Karma Kagyu Lineage, using money, coercion and certain Chinese support. Monks of the Drukpa Lineage looking after the monasteries, are suddenly exiled from their spiritual homes by the Karma Kagyu monks.

Historically the Drukpa Lineage and the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism have shared a deep and close spiritual bond. The Gyalwang Drukpas and Gyalwa Karmapas were known as Gyalwa Kar-Druk Yab-sey or “spiritual father and son” because whoever was elder would give spiritual guidance to the younger one. This close bond continued till the time of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa.

More than 15 years ago, Dri-ra Phug monastery, the seat of Gyalwa Gotsangpa who was the most illustrious disciple of the 1st Gyalwang Drukpa Tsangpa Gyare, was forcibly taken over by monks of the Karma Kagyu, saying that they were instructed to do so by His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee. I did not believe then that His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee would have given such an instruction because he was just a child at that time. Even today the name “His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee” is being used to forcibly take over and convert the Drukpa Lineage monasteries to the Karma Kagyu. Historic pictures, images and art of Drukpa Lineage Lamas are being defaced and removed by the Karma Kagyu in an attempt to rewrite history. Despite what I have been informed, I still do not believe that His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee would give instructions to forcibly take over Drukpa Lineage monasteries and convert them to Karma Kagyu.

However, it is definite that some high Lama of the Karma Kagyu with certain Chinese connections is misappropriating the name of Karmapa. Therefore, for the sake of religious and humanitarian harmony, I urge His Holiness Karmapa Ugyen Thinley Dorjee, as head of the Karma Kagyu, to instruct his followers in Tibet and elsewhere to refrain from taking over and forcefully converting Drukpa Lineage monasteries, and to issue a statement so that those within his lineage who have been using his name to conduct such oppression to leave forcibly occupied Drukpa Lineage monasteries and return those sacred heritage of all kinds, taken forcibly, to the Drukpa Lineage.

The Gyalwang Drukpa


http://www.drukpa.org/index.php/en/news-updates/news-in-2014/359-on-forced-conversion-of-drukpa-monasteries

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Re: Monasteries of Drukpa Buddhist lineage taken over
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2014, 06:12:46 pm »
Sad, sad, sad....stuff like this doesnt speak well of Buddhism, espically in the eyes of non-buddhists.

As for me, I see it as another example of ignorance.

It doesnt affect me and it doesnt upset me.

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The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

 


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