Two Karmapas met
On October 11, the Karmapas released a joint statement after meeting in France to discuss ways to mend the divisions within their lineage. A monumental meeting between Tibetan Buddhist leaders Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Thaye Dorje, who both hold claims to the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, signals the end of a decades-old sectarian divide. The rift began after the passing of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Landmark statement comes after four-day meeting in rural France. The two Karmapas, Trinley Thaye Dorje, left, and Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
In Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche was sent to obtain more information about the child. Later an unnamed lama was sent to meet with the family and the boy without revealing the real purpose of his visit. Upon meeting with the emissary the boy promptly said "You were sent here for me.
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In MarchThaye Dorje escaped with his family from Tibet and travelled to New Delhi where he was formally recognized during a welcoming ceremony. He took monastic ordination from Chobgye Tri Rinpoche and is at present undergoing a very intensive education under the guidance of Shamar Rinpoche, also studying under teachers such as Prof.
Fluent in English, he also travels extensively in the East and the West to give lectures. Thaye Dorje's supporters claim that the Shamarpa is fully authorised to recognise the Karmapa, and therefore no additional recognition is required or even valid.
Karma Pakshi, the 2nd Karmapa, predicted "future Karmapas shall manifest in two Nirmanakaya forms. This is supported among others by old Kagyu literature where one frequently finds the expression of the 2 Karmapas, black and red hat.
Also, when referring to former reincarnation of the Shamarpa, these are often called Karmapa and can only differentiated from former Karmapa reincarnations by their name. Although followers[ according to whom? The coalescence of his essence is the glorious Karmapa.
Inseparable from his three mysteries, in the manner of the three lords, Is his manifestation, the great emanation; the majestic sun, Whom I invest now sovereign of the practice lineage's order. In the 16th Karmapa established the Karmapa Charitable Trust.
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Ogyen Trinley's followers claimed that the trust was solely established for the sake of seeing to the welfare of the Karmapa's followers, providing funds for the maintenance of the monastery, and for the monks' medical fees, but that administration of the monastery was the responsibility of the Tsurphu Labrang. The Indian Supreme Court is currently considering a related case. The Shamarpa had declined the first invitation inwhich was received by telephone call from Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, because to have accepted it "at that time would invite unwarranted suspicions from the India government upon himself.
This meeting has created a basis to re-unite all in the Dharma Sangha. Therefore, such an initiative should be appreciated by all.
Joint statement of His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje and His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje
The Chinese government had recognized Ogyen Trinley Dorje as "the first reincarnated Living Buddha confirmed and approved by the Central Government of the People's Republic of China after the peaceful liberation of Tibet in ,"  which is in itself unusual since the Chinese government is secular, Communist and has previously denied reincarnation.
However, in Marchthe Indian central government stated that the funds found in Karmapa's possession were legitimate donations, and released some of the travel restrictions on Ogyen Trinley Dorje, allowing him to travel out of Dharamsala. It was translated by official translator David Karma Choephel.
In the video he sets the course for a temporary break from his activities. He proclaims his personal doubt of being as skilled as the previous Karmapas  and asks the community to reconcile the division of the Karma Kagyu Lineage  In early October ofOgyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje met for a few days at a rural location in France. On October 11, they issued a joint statement: We are both very pleased to have had this opportunity to meet and get to know each other in a peaceful and relaxed environment.
We both had this wish for many years, and we are gratified that this wish has now been fulfilled. The purpose of our meeting was primarily to spend time together so that we could establish a personal relationship. The purpose of our meeting was primarily to spend time together so that we could establish a personal relationship. We were able to talk together freely and to learn about each other for the first time. We were thus able to begin what we expect will develop into a strong connection.
While we were together we also talked about ways that we could work to heal the divisions that have unfortunately developed within our precious Karma Kagyu lineage in recent years.
We view it as our duty and responsibility to do whatever we can to bring the lineage together. This undertaking is critically important for the future of the Karma Kagyu lineage as well as for the future of Tibetan Buddhism and the benefit of all sentient beings.
We therefore ask everyone within the Karma Kagyu community to join us in our efforts to strengthen and preserve our lineage. Trinley Thaye Dorje, born in central Tibet inhas since married and is a father but has made clear his intention to continue to discharge the role of the Karmapa.
The two Karmapas meet to get to know each other, agree to work amicably | Tibetan Review
The Karma Kagyu is the largest of the four major Kagyu lineages, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 16th Karmapa rebuilt Rumtek Monastery after he fled Chinese occupied Tibet in on an invitation from the king of the then independent Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim. Rumtek currently remains off-limit for both the claimants due to an ongoing court case, although the state has been lobbying New Delhi to enable Ogyen Trinley Dorje to ascend the throne at the earliest.
The joint statement was released simultaneously on the official websites of both the lamas. It does not resolve anything but indicates a common intention to work amicably to establish a personal relationship of cooperation and strong connection in order to strengthen the Karma Kagyu lineage.
The full transcript of the joint message follows: