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Karma Cola

Sex and politics have always gone together but it has been largely unknown in Tibetan Buddhism, at least publicly. That is changing. Reports circulating since January in Taiwan have alleged that the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has a girlfriend and may have had several in the past. The reports say some former girlfriends have even filed court cases against him. His office is yet to issue a denial. The Dalai Lama’s office in Dharmshala has remained silent although there maybe no love lost for him there given the rivalry between the Karmapa’s Kagyu sect and the Dalai Lama’s Gelug. Reports also hint at China’s involvement, suggesting that Beijing has been telling the Karmapa to return to Tibet, guaranteeing him all honours and freedom. If the Karmapa returns, it would be a huge psychological and political victory for Beijing and an endorsement of its repressive policies in Tibet.