Now I have a choice. I can remove the post, which risks offending Mahakala. Have you ever seen a depiction of Mahakala? Never mind. Or I can try to explain. However, I don't think this is a good idea unless you have 20 hours to spare for a discussion of Chinese and Indian politics and how these intersect with Tibetan politics, and how all this intersects with Tibetan Vajrayana Lineage politics. That last is so complicated it makes Vatican politics look like a game of Tiddlywinks because it involves what people generally refer to as 'reincarnation.'
Maybe if I just try blurting it out and hope readers are in an understanding mood today. The man who is identified as the 17th Karmapa in the YouTube video I posted of a Mahakala puja isn't the genuine 17th Karmapa.
There, that was pretty painless. Or rather, he's not the "traditional" Karmapa. Now what is the difference between a genuine Karmapa and a traditional Karmapa? Thereby hangs a 20-hour tale, unless one wants to simply call it politics.
Anyhow, I think the puja itself is perfectly genuine. And traditional Pundita let's shut up while we think we're ahead.
Okay; I've just come to an executive decision. Let's take a tour of Ladakh with the 17th Karmapa. All the fun without the altitude sickness.