Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Miraculous 16th Karmapa by Norma Levine

What to write about this book, as I have some different views on this book? What I like are the impressive stories of people meeting the late 16th Karmapa, for this the book is inspiring, but only to a certain degree. But somehow I feel not good about the comments on the Karmapa conflict and the huge amount of missing experiences of people who had remarkable encounters with the late 16th Karmapa and who have no voice in this book. There is a big gap by ignoring these people and their precious experiences. By assembling the stories for this book and considering this book as a project to honor the late 16th Karmapa the editor has missed a big chance to create a unique voice to honor the 16th Karmapa. But through excluding certain people it has not reached its potential and is a one side view. The publisher missed a big chance and through this ignorance is even not really honoring the amazing life and work of H.H. the 16th Karmapa. I feel somehow not really good of how this collection was created and can not really recommend this book to people who would like to get a complete and neutral impression of people who share their encounters with the 16th Karmapa. I read it, but it left a difficult to define and not pleasant aftertaste.

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