Dear members of the Karma Kagyu Sangha,
Very distinguished guests,
the monk-community of Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre extend our sincere
welcome to all of you and thank you for attending this conference.
We have decided to hold this conference mainly because of specific
extraordinary recent developments wich have wich have to be urgently
discussed, considered and resolved by the entire Karma Kagyu Organisation.
Thank you for your presence, wich is highly appreciate.
the last centuries there always existed 4 main separate and independent
schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Even after 1959 they succeeded to exercise
and to maintain their spiritual and also legal independence in exile.
Recently however H.H. the Dalai Lama has seriously endangered this
long established good tradition to protect and preserve the rich
diversity of the Tibetan Buddhist Faith.
late 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the undisputed spiritual
leader of the Karma Kagyu School, repeatedly had to defend the special
qualities of the teachings of his school against frequent interferences
of H.H. the Dalai Lama. At the end of the day these attacks were
vain and unsuccessful. But as a direct consequence H.H. probably
began to develop an unsurpressable animosity against both, the independently
minded 16th Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu School. Regretably the Dalai
Lama continued and even increased his subversive activities against
the Karma Kagyu School after Karmapa had passed away in 1981.
first we only experienced very harmful activities of a certain high
Kagyu Rinpoche, who obviously had totally discarded his loyalty
and respect for his own school. This Situ Rinpoche misguided many
honest people, bribed numerous officials and closely associated
himself with thieves and gangsters who committed serious crimes
including murder. We, therefore, never had a choice but had to defend
our school against these malicious attacks. We did so by rejecting
all political and nonreligious influences and strictly confined
ourselves to the pure practice of our religion. We actively avoided
all potentially harmful confrontations and always worked hard to
further improve the good image of Tibetan Buddhism in our world.
This compassionate and peaceful reaction to the sometimes rather
vicious attacks of Situ Rinpoche and his associates served us very
well until now. Therefore it is not surprising at all that the international
community, political leaders, human rights groups and the international
media, did not even know about our very existence in the past. We
considered the stated problem to be an extremely unfortunate and
highly regrettable but internal issue of our Karma Kagyu School
into which outsiders should not get involved. Recently we discovered
however that H.H. the Dalai Lama, who is not a member of our school,
had actively directed the said activities of Situ Rinpoche from
the very beginning. The shocking discovery is the reason for this
close cooperation with Situ Rinpoche H.H. the Dalai Lama secretly
directed the false recognition and enthronement of a Karmapa in
China, thus successfully creating a split in the Karma Kagyu School.
Since ancient times shrewed politicians always tried to divide and
rule their opponents and potential competitors. In this respect
H.H. is no exception.
recently we always wondered why H.H. the Dalai Lama never publicly
condemned the violent and hostile take-over of Rumtek monastery
in Sikkim in August 1993. At that time Situ Rinpoche had successfully
bribed some powerful officials of the Sykkimese administration,
who in return gratefully organised the violent take-over of the
monastery and expelled all Karmapa's loyal monks by force. Immediately
afterwards they handed control of the monastery over to Situ Rinpoche.
we analysed H.H.'s activities towards our school and resolved that
he is motivated by his deep disappointment and dislike of the late
Karmapa, who always strongly resisted H.H.'s numerous attempts to
bring the Karma Kagyu School under his control. He had this basic
disagreement with the Karmapa, who strongly upheld the spiritual
freedom and independence of his school.
are now making this public statement, although we are aware of the
Dalai Lama's excellent reputation in the western world. Many honest
private persons, great teachers, politicians and eminent statesmen
have been genuinely impressed by the unusual strong personality
of this "simple monk". Also due to the Dalai Lama's religious
activities the pure buddhist teachings of nonviolence, compassion
and love are becoming more and more popular in our today's world.
In this respect we sincerely acknowledge the most outstanding contributions
of H.H. the Dalai Lama. At the same time we realize however, that
many admirers of H.H. the Dalai Lama either do not or do not wish
to distinguish between his pure religious teachings and his political
activities. Many supporters of H.H. have not noticed the subtle
influence of Hollywood's frequent presentations of Tibet as a spiritual
paradise and of the Dalai Lama as an absolutely faultless, holy
man. On this background his long, political fight against the legal
communist government of China even enhanced his carefully crafted
image as a galant defender of democracy, freedom, and human rights.
In particular the media in many western countries such as the USA,
Germany, France and others often just follow the popular, well established
trends and opinions without making their own proper investigations
and judgements of the complicated underlying realities of Tibetan
to his deep-rooted opposition to the late 16th Karmapa H.H. the
Dalai Lama searched and found a small number of unhappy Rinpoches
within the Karma Kagyu School wo were willing to secretly support
his ambitions. Thus the traitorous Situ Rinpoche and his men became
willing participants of H.H.'s scheme to divide and conquer the
Karma Kagyu School. H.H. took a great risk by openly disclosing
his previously secret leadership of Situ Rinpoche's group now. But
obviously he had to make that disclosure now because he finally
noticed that Situ Rinpoche alone had no realistic chance of success
with his destructive schemes against us.
wish to emphasize that we never had and do not have any intention
whatsoever to tarnish the reputation of H.H. the Dalai Lama as a
religious leader. In that capacity we do respect him very much.
But after H.H. openly disclosed his leading role in Situ Rinpoche's
group we are forced to take a firm stand. His close association
with the highly questionable Situ Rinpoche, who had happily enjoyed
a very special relationship with China and who was banned to enter
India for good reasons in the past, is most deplorable indeed. As
we sincerely respect our own spiritual leader, the Karmapa, our
first duty is to protect and preserve the authentic, special teachings
of our Karma Kagyu School. Therefore we cannot agree at all to H.H.'s
preposterous claim to be the authorized person to enthrone the Karmapa.
conference is scheduled to debate this issue and to resolve this
delicate problem in the most effective way, if possible. At the
same time the conference will also serve all interested parties
as a valuable source of information regarding Tibetan and Himalayan
Buddhism in general.
Choedrak Tenpel Ngendo Rinpoche
Kathmandu, 15th March 2001