Mother of Palyul
For some time this writer has been following the assault on Palyul by certain deluded folk on Twitter, led by the criminal imposter William Cassidy and his accomplices. The person they have chosen to focus their attack on is the Mother of Palyul, Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo. She is the very heart of Palyul, yet these twisted minds have chosen to attack her in the most vial, most disgusting ways. One can only have pity for sentient beings who create such horrendous karma for themselves. According to the teachings, they will suffer unthinkable suffering for what will seem an eternity to them, all of it self-created. It is terrifying to even contemplate.
I say that Ahkön Lhamo is the Mother of Palyul because she was recognized by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, then the Supreme Head of Palyul, and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, then the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of which Palyul is a part, as the reincarnation of the Tibetan saint Genyenma Ahkön Lhamo, the sister of Kunzang Rigdzin Sherab, the first Throne holder of Palyul. She and her brother were the foremost students of Tertön Migyur Dorje, whose terma revelations of the Nam Chö formed the basis for the lineage. When she was enthroned, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche presented her with the miraculous relic of the fragment of bone from the kapala (skull cup) of the First Ahkön Lhamo with the Tibetan letter AH naturally appearing on it. Since her enthronement over twenty years ago, numerous high lamas of the Nyingma and Kagyu Schools have visited her temple, Kunzang Palyul Chöling, and praised her accomplishment and the depth of her bodhicitta. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche said that she is the very Dharmakaya, that she is on the same level as Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, himself. There is no one higher in the world today. There are many videos on You Tube that record these statements for those who doubt. His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the current Supreme Head of Palyul, said that she must stay in the world until the stars fall from the sky to save sentient beings. To Tibetans, this was a rare and remarkable statement of support.
But the hate mongers would have you believe that there is a conspiracy afoot by Ahkön Lhamo to create a “New Palyul” for her own. How ridiculous. Why would she do that? She and her brother created Palyul! They lie that Khenpo Norgay is coming to Kunzang Palyul Chöling to try to bring them “back into the fold”. Another outrageous lie! Khenpo Norgay is a great friend and devoted admirer of Jetsunma. He recognizes her for what she is. He refuses to sit on a throne in her presence because it would make him look superior to her, and he would never do that. Palyul has no problem at all with Jetsunma. It is only these self-appointed critics who would ever say that. And who are they? Just ordinary, deluded sentient beings. Would you bet your future lives on believing them? I don’t think so!
These deluded people think that she is fair game to all sorts of abuse. What do they think they can accomplish by their rash actions? In the case of Cassidy it is not so hard to understand. He is an antisocial psychopath and a longtime con man who thirsts for revenge against Jetsunma. Her crime? She outed him when he was pretending to be a tulku, trying to bilk her sangha. But how about the others, those who shout for “truth” and “transparency”, the freedom to publish hateful lies with impunity? For the most part, they seem to be wannabes. They are untrained in Buddhism while putting on a show of being practitioners. But that is all they are, all show, no substance. They use Buddhism to puff up their pathetic egos, to show everyone how clever they are, what independent thinkers they are. They think they don’t need a teacher, that they’re so clever they can figure it all out for themselves. The only thing in the world that they respect is their own overinflated egos. Many no doubt are jealous of her, a woman, an American woman! Unthinkable that she could be recognized when they, as clever as they are, haven’t been! How pathetic they are! One can only have compassion for such ignorance.
But ignorant or not, they cause harm to those who are new to the path and have no understanding of what is going on when they read their ridiculous lies on Twitter. They spread confusion and leave chaos in their wake. This has to stop. Buddhism, in my opinion, is the last, best hope for humanity in these dark times, yet these people would rob the world of any hope. What vile karma to accrue in this life! How deluded they are. This is why I have chosen to speak up at this time. I am sick and tired of ignorant people who attack lineages they know nothing about and who do not have the capacity to either understand or criticize. These lies and vicious attacks must cease. Those of us who follow the teachings of the Buddha cannot stand idly by and pretend we don’t hear or see anything. We must protest in the strongest way possible. We must make clear that this behavior is intolerable. We must make our voices heard, whether it is on Twitter or Facebook or in our temples or wherever we have the opportunity. The darkness is coming closer every day. We are the only ones who can hold it back. Please wake up to the danger of these apostates and collaborators!