On Karmapa's Marriage
News about HHK somehow lets many of us surprised and a 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 in nature. I do not know the significance of this big move but one thing that I am sure is, it is not merely driven by worldly desire. We have yet to understand what an important reason behind all this. A bodhisattva's way of life is beyond the judgment of an ordinary person's concept.
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. Monks keep 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 greater than any monks at that time and up to now. The mahamudra lineage and its teaching do not make it compulsory to have monks vinaya. It goes beyond to that.
The great Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje was also engaged with two consorts that were prophesied by guru rinpoche to increase 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 a special reason. Every Tibetan high lama did not loose faith in him and continued to engage him as their guru.
So I think it's a time for us to know how strong our faith and confidence with our practice and lineage guru.
Be strong and practice more diligently.
30 March 2017
對於大寶法王噶瑪巴的消息，我感到訝異，心裡有點不太舒服。但基於法王的認證、法王夏瑪仁波切栽培他的方式，我對法王深懷堅定的虔誠信心。就個人層面來 說，法王確實是大菩薩，他具有許多跟第十六世大寶法王一樣的特質，他對所有人平等慈悲、他簡單而實際。雖然我不明白這巨大變動的含意，但可以確信的一點 是，那不是受世俗慾望驅使所致，菩薩行誼其背後重要原因，仍尚待了解，那不是普通人想法所能判斷。
個人認為，所有噶瑪噶舉弟子應團結一致，切莫誤判事情。若能作清淨觀，或生正面想法，那就順其自然，真的不需要去臆測或作預料，反之，應當全心讓自己的修 持更加完善。我們的觀念一直是僧侶必須純淨嚴守戒律，但實際上，我們傳承祖師如馬爾巴、密勒日巴大師，都是修行證悟的偉大瑜伽士而非僧侶，他們修行的成 就，甚至超過當時的僧侶，乃至現今的僧侶。大手印法脈的傳承和教法，沒有強制需要出家戒律，甚至超越了戒律。
在藏傳佛教中，僧侶和瑜伽士，從早期就受到西藏國王同等的敬重。早期蓮師和二十五大弟子都是在家修行人，後來的馬爾巴、密勒日巴，惹瓊巴大師，也都是在家 的瑜伽修行者。薩迦傳承三白，至今仍是西藏的偉大瑜伽士。著名的大師蔣揚欽智旺波本是僧侶，後來由於特殊原因也擁有佛母。但所有西藏高僧沒有對他失去信 心，反而持續認定大師是自己的上師。