“I strongly objected to revealing this letter,”
Shamar said. “The world now was not like Tibet in the old days. High
lamas and normal people would analyze the letter and they would find it
to be clearly false. Then after that they would also doubt the authenticity
of all previous Karmapas as well. I told the group that it was better to say
that there is no prediction letter.”
Situ passed over Shamar’s objections. Instead of answering them,
he said that according to the letter it was necessary to send Rumtek
General Secretary Topga to search for the boy. “Does that mean that you
do not already know where the boy is?” Shamar asked. “I said again that
we should not reveal this letter. But we could look for the boy anyway.
In the meantime, we should send the letter for a forensic test. So later, if
both the boy and the letter would prove true, we could reveal them.
“Situ Rinpoche objected that this would cost a lot of money
and would take a lot of time resulting in delay finding the boy. I said
that there was no problem; we could find a way to do it all quickly and
without much cost. Anyway, Situ Rinpoche should not have had a veto
on testing the letter. Whenever a prediction letter about the Karmapa
was presented by anyone in the past, it has always become the property
of the Karmapa’s labrang. So the Rumtek administration should have
decided whether to test it or not. But Situ just pushed ahead; there was
no time for discussion.
Erik Curren: Buddha’s not Smilig, pg.129/130.
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