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Karmapa had come to India owing to Chinese pressure'

February 1, 2011

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times

Shimla, January 30, 2011

First Published: 21:36 IST(30/1/2011)

Amidst the mounting pressure to reveal the source of unaccounted money,
particularly stacks of Chinese Yuan found at Gyuto Tantric monastery,
17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje aides got into damage control mode.
Denying Karmapa “ link to China’, Ogyen Trinley Dorje aides said that
Tibetan spiritual leader came to India owing to pressure mounted by
China to go against Dalai Lama.

Karma Topden former Indian ambassador to Mongolia on Sunday explained
that Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s flight to India eleven years ago was fallout
of the mounting pressure from Chinese to support Gyaltsen Norbu, Panchan
Lama – the second highest spiritual head next to Dalai Lama that had
been appointed by communist regime. “ The Karmapa did not want to be put
in this position of going against the Dalai Lama. So he decided to leave
Tibet,” said Topden.

Going further Topden gave series of other reasons for Karmapa’s escape
from Tibet, when he reached Dharamsala in January 2000, to meet Dalai
Lama. Topden who is also Spokesperson of Karmapa Reception Committee in
Sikkim, said that Ogyen was keen to receive oral teachings according to
Karma Kagyu tradition from gurus of his lineage who had also received
them directly from the 16th Karmapa directly, his predecessor, as they
now reside in India. “The third reason was that he wanted to see the
Dalai Lama and to receive His Holiness' blessings” said Topden.

Topden minced no words to admit that 17th Karmapa had been nurturing
desire to visit Rumtek monastery which is now forbidden for him due the
dispute over rightful claimant. Sharamapa Rincpoche second in the
hierarchy of Kagyu lineage had selected Thaye Dorje as reincarnate of
16th Karmapa. Thaye Dorje now resides in Kalingpong in West Bengal. “ As
he( Ogyen) heard a lot about this, he wanted to come to India to visit
and see these places. Also he had heard a lot about the activities of
his predecessor in India from where traveled to other countries and
spread the words of Dharma and set up various Karma Kagyu centers all
around the world” said Topden.

“Believing and knowing that India is a free country unlike Tibet, where
there is suppression and religious freedom is not allowed, he had come
to India so that he could freely gain spiritual knowledge from his gurus
and freely practice and preach Dharma in India and in the rest of the
world” said Topden.Karmapas, aides on behalf of their spiritual
expressed their gratitude to government of India for giving refuge to
Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
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