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Five Reasons on Seeking Refuge Status in India, Says 17th Karmapa

February 1, 2011

Sunday, 30 January 2011 18:56
YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International

Dharamshala: Addressing the press conference, held at Gyuto monastery in
Dharamshala on Sunday (30 January), Tibetan spiritual leader, the 17th
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee explained that there were five reasons why
His Holiness came to India to seek refugee status. The advisor to
Karmapa office and Former Indian Ambassador to Mangolia, the Tibetan
Finance Minister, Tsering Dhondup, Indian high court lawyer Naresh
Mathur, several members of Tibetan parliament in exile and
representatives of five Tibetan NGOs were attended the press meeting.

The statement of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, which
was delivered by Karma Topden, Spokesperson of Karmapa Reception
Committee in Sikkim was aimed at quelling the groundless allegations
leveled against the Karmapa. The press conference, which was attended by
major Indian and Tibetan media networks addressed the speculation that
the Karmapa is a "Chinese spy" and "possessed money through illegal
deals" which have appeared in the Indian media.

"The first reason was that the Chinese are beginning to put pressure on
him to go against the Dalai Lama and to support the Panchen Lama
selected by them [Chinese government]. The Karmapa did not want to be
put in this position of going against the Dalai Lama. So he decided to
leave Tibet," Karma Topden explained.

"The second reason for coming to India was that he wanted to complete
his spiritual studies. For the completion of his spiritual studies, he
has to receive the oral teachings according to Karma Kagyu tradition
from the gurus of his lineage who had also received them directly from
the 16th Karmapa directly, his predecessor. All these gurus were in
India. And since they could not come to Tibet to give these teachings,
he decided to come to India so that he could receive the teachings and
complete his spiritual education," he continued.

"The third reason was that he wanted to see the Dalai Lama and to
receive His Holiness' blessings."

"The fourth reason was that he had heard a lot about the activities of
his illustrious predecessor, the 16th Karmapa, all his activities in
India and in Sikkim where he settled in Rumtek Monastery which became
his headquarter in India. As he 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 centres all around the world. So the 17th Karmapa wanted to follow
the footsteps of the 16th Karmapa. 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. That was the main reason
for his coming to India."

"Fifthly, when he came to India he was given refuge in India. He is very
grateful for the refuge given to him by the government and people of
India and for all the courtesies and hospitalities shown to him
throughout his stay in India. He continuous to be very grateful and
shall remain grateful always to the people and government of India.
Throughout his stay in India, he has been conscious of his obligations
to India and he has prayed for the welfare of the people of India and he
continues to do that even now."

In concluding the press statement from the Karmapa he added, "he assures
me that he has not done anything while in India in any way to undermine
and harm the interest of India. India is his second home and he is happy
here. He looks forward to India becoming a powerful and prosperous
nation. He has no intention in any way of undermining anything against
the interest of India. This is what he has asked me to convey."

Following this announcement a number of Tibetan NGOs have also issued
statements, fully supporting the Karmapa. "The Tibetan people across the
world are deeply hurt by the baselesss allegations of Chinese links on
the Karmapa after the police raids at his exile residence on 27 and 28th
January, 2011. The media has gone overboard and spread speculations of
"Chinese Links" which are totally baseless and cannot hold any evidence."

Adding, "His Holiness the 17th Karmapa is not only the leader of Kagyu
sect of the Tibetan Buddhism, but Buddhists across the world. He has
been recognised by Tibet's spiritual and political leader His Holiness
the 14th Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa in the tradtion of the Tibetan
Buddhist that is more than 900 years old. Moreover, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee
has been living in exile receiving his traditional Buddhist educations
in Dharamshala."

The five Tibetan NGOs, TYC, TWA, Guchusum, NDPT and SFT made the
statement on behalf of the Tibetan people, who protest in absolute terms
the allegations of "Chinese Link" with the Karmapa, "We have absolute
faith and trust in His Holiness and Tibetan people revere him and hold
him in high esteem."
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