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Diamond-like Resolve

Pamela Gayle White interviews the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

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sschroll's picture

They are so full of general concepts, generalizations, abstractions, no where they mention the difficulties of our times.......they don't seem to be aware of it, to me it sounds like.........oh well, let's have faith in God, he will take care of it......let's have faith in our traditions.........

Please, any personal, insightful wake up-call ????????

sschroll's picture

I would say the East that I thought so wise, needs to meet the wisdom of the West, basically human psychology and science.........spiritual by-pass concept addresses this. It seems to me all these Tulkus are so immersed in the past of their culture and so ignorant of how sentient beings evolved through evolution through million of years.........they are quite short of scientific information.

I guess they never heard of child abuse, society abuse. Read "The body never lies" by Alice Miller, to start.....quite an insight in human evolution and it's short comings and beliefs and concepts get in the way.

Bowing. Sylvia

wideawake's picture

What a great problem we have: two excellent teachers! We need all the help we can get these days and can certainly use them both.

I had mistakenly assumed that the Karmapa dispute pertained to one real Karmapa and one fake put forth by the Chinese or those influenced by the Chinese, so this article was a happy surprise. Inspiring, profound. I want to know more, read more, hear more - from both Karmapas. (but not about the dispute)

robertomainetti's picture

thank you...great..i love it

pmckbk's picture

Very interesting and inspiring article and ideas. Thank you. I have a comment regarding the presumption that modern societies provide everything we need and therefore violence needs to be explained. The truth that I see, living here in a wealthy suburb outside Chicago, Illinois, is that opportunity and wealth are plentiful for some, and much less so for others. Many are without basic necessities, while others have much more than they need. When things are so out of balance, it seems obvious to me that violence will occur. And there are forces at work, particularly in the media, that cause division and encourage fear, which also lead to violence.

Dominic Gomez's picture

Prince Siddhartha also presumed his privileged life provided everything he needed. Until he saw for himself the reality of samsara outside his "wealthy suburb". Thus was born Buddhism.

maly kenn's picture

the photos are stunning. and the words from both the interviewer and interviewee are stunning as well. it is clear that everything is about the dharma and the lineage--and nothing or not so much about personalities and politics.

Khedrub Zangmo's picture

Thank you Pamela for this wonderful interview and for the introduction that puts it in context for us with such compassion. And thank you for the interview questions that bring forth Karmapa's timeless wisdom.
His clarity and wisdom shine through every sentence.

alalaho's picture

wonderful interview. thank you Pamela for sharing your own experience with the issue.
and your devotion to your heart teacher is inspirational.

i have had the blessings of encountering many teachers and dharma friends. i have not had the precious opportunity to meet His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, but i am sure the conditions will come together soon.

i have had the wonderful conditions to encounter Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche and have been his student since. i continually marvel at Rinpoche's expansive, progressive vision and his kindness and compassion in the care of his disciples and the Kagyü Lineage.

thank you, your Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa,

inner wealth..yes indeed.
Karmapa Chenno!

sharonalu's picture

wow, really impressed by this article and the even-handedness of how this subject was handled here...
from what I understand of Mahamudra, "there is room for it all"...
I feel like i have just spent time with some good friends. Bravo