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Tibetan Parliament extend support to Karmapa

February 1, 2011

[Sunday, 30 January 2011, 10:00 a.m.]

The English transcript of the statement made by the Tibetan Parliament’s
Standing Committee during a press conference presided over by the
Speaker at the Parliamentary Secretariat in Dharamsala on 29 January
2011 follows:

We would like to thank journalists from the Tibetan radio services and
other media organisations for attending today’s press conference at such
a short notice.

There seems to be different speculations in the Tibetan society on the
issue of related with Gyuto Monastery of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen
Trinley Dorje. More importantly, we can not say what kind of news has
spread inside Tibet. So in order to convey clear information to Tibet,
we have organised this press conference particularly with reporters from
the Tibetan media organisations.

On hearing about the issue yesterday, the Standing Committee of the
Parliament had expressed deep concern as the members met in the
afternoon of 28 January. As we discuss how the issue has originated, it
was agreed to seek an audience with Gyalwang Karmapa. If it was not
convenient to meet him, we thought it would be helpful to get a clear
information by meeting with other leading officials of the monastery.
Accordingly, Speaker Penpa Tsering accompanied by Geshe Thubten Phelgye,
Geshe Monlam Tharchin and Lopon Sonam Tenphel of the Standing Committee
visited the monastery at 3:30 PM. Many journalists were present at the
monastery. We first met the monastic officials. Later, during our
audience with Gyalwang Karmapa, we found him completely at ease, which
clearly shows that he has nothing to do with any wrongdoing. We, the
Standing Committee, conveyed our deep concern to him and to extend
whatever cooperation if needed be to avert the occurrence of such issues
which bring disrepute to Gyalwang Karmapa. The main objective of our
visit was to show our solidarity with Gyalwang Karmapa.

During the audience, Gyalwang Karmapa said he has no knowledge about the
issue since he does not interfere in such matters. His statement
reinforces the confirmation of our belief that he has no personal
connection with the issue. This has been our firm belief.

We have a system in our monastery based on which we can explain the
source of the current amount of money. We firmly belief and we can say
in definite terms that these come as religious offerings from the
follower and devotees. As the Indian journalists raise serious doubts
about the money’s source, we got the opportunity to clarify them. We
clearly stated that the allegations of Gyalwang Karmapa as an "agent of
Chinese government" and “possessing money through illegal deals” are
totally baseless. Through this press conference, we want to convey this
information to the Tibetan people living inside Tibet.

As far as Gyalwang Karmapa is concerned, he put his life at risk by
coming into exile from Tibet at a tender age. During his stay at Gyuto
Monastery in India, he has to live under the control of the Indian
security officials and he has no freedom to move freely as he wishes to.
This is the fact that we all know. All his programmes are being made
under the supervision of the Indian government. Those who are seeking
his audience have to obtain prior permission from the Indian police
authorities. For instance, we were also frisked before our meeting with
him yesterday. There is no reason to protest since the security
officials are carrying out their duty. So the police have knowledge
about every detail of the offerings made to Gyalwang Karmapa and it is
not that they know nothing about the matter. Owing to the remarkable
deeds of the Karmapa lineage, it enjoys the trust and faith of followers
and devotees from across the world such as Singapore, Thailand, and
western countries and in Tibet who make offerings. In our society, he is
one of the spiritual head of schools of Tibetan Buddhism, highly revered
and respected by the Tibetan people. Personally, he has been
concentrating on his spiritual studies, promotion of Buddhism and world
peace, and protection of environment, thereby making great service to
Tibet’s political and spiritual cause. Hence there is absolutely no need
to doubt and there exist no ground for that to happen. We wish to make
this clear.

Regarding the monastery’s financial management, Gyalwang Karmapa does
not make detail inquiry about what and how much offerings are being
presented to him on the throne by the devotees. “I do not interfere in
these matters”, he told us yesterday. All the financial matters are
managed by the administrative staff. Their lack of knowledge about legal
procedures has led to the negligence in maintaining proper account of
the money. On the matter which is not in line with the country’s law, we
have to respect the result of the ongoing investigation being carried
out by the Indian government. Otherwise, issues arising out of this
matter to denigrate the reputation of Gyalwang Karmapa are completely
baseless.

The Central Tibetan Administration and the Kashag are making efforts on
its part to extend whatever necessary help and cooperation to Gyalwang
Karmapa. Similarly, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile firmly support the
truth of the matter and we are ready to offer whatever necessary
guidance and co-operation until the issues become clear.
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