A message from Shangpa Rinpoche :
News about HHK is somehow surprise and little uncomfortable. I do have strong faith and devotion to him based on how he is recognized and brought up by HH Shamar Rinpoche. As a person, HHK is really a great bodhisattva who has many qualities that 16th Karmapa used to have. His compassion to everyone is somehow impartial and is simple and down to earth nature. I do not know significant of this big move but one thing I am sure, it is not merely driven by worldly desire. It is yet to understand what a important reason behind all this as bodhisattva’s way of life is. It is beyond an ordinary person’s concept to judge.
I think all karma kagyu disciples should unite and do not wrongly judge over the matter. If we are able to develop positive thoughts then let it be, otherwise do not really need to judge or anticipate but concentrate on one’s own practice to perfection. We are brought up with our perception of purity of monks keeping their vinaya precepts only but in truth, the origin of our lineage holders like Marpa, Mila are not monk but great Yogis who achieved their realization. They were far more greater than any monks at that time and up to now. The mahamudra lineage and its teaching are not compulsory to have monks vinaya but it goes beyond to that.
The great Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje who also engaged in two consorts was prophesied by guru rinpoche for his longevities and in sustaining the dharma lineage. Therefore, we do not judge with our own perception but see from the positive ways to understand the reality.
In Tibetan Buddhism, both monks and yogi practitioners are respected equally by Tibetan Kings since early times. From the time Padma Sambhava and his 25 disciples, all of whom were lay practitioners and later Marpa, Milarepa, Rechungpa all were lay Yogis. The lineage of Sakya three white and till today are also a great yogi of Tibet. The famous Jamyang khyentse wangpo was a monk but later he engaged a consort for special reason. Every Tibetan high lama did not loose faith in him and continued to engage him as their guru.
So, I think its a time for us to know how strong our faith and confidence with our practice and lineage guru. Be strong and practice more diligently.
So I think its a time for us to know how strong our faith and confidence with our practice and lineage guru. Be strong and practice more diligently.