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Sikkimese to rally to seek Karmapa's arrival

September 21, 2010

Tibetan Review
September 19, 2010

Thousands of supporters of Orygen Trinley Dorjee will stage a silent
rally in Sikkim's capital Gangtok on Sep 26 to demand that the 17th
Karmapa be allowed to take his rightful seat at the Rumtek monastery
there. Rumtek is the exile seat of the Karmapas, with the original
one being Tsurphu Monastery near Lhasa, Tibet.

Orygen Trinley escaped from there in Dec'99 due to lack of religious
freedom under Chinese rule and appeared at Dharamsala several days
later, after having trekked on foot through the Tibet-Nepal border
and travelled by helicopter train and taxi thereafter.

"It has been 10 years since the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa had come to
India from Tibet, but still he is not allowed to enter Sikkim even
though he was allowed to visit Bokar monastery in Mirik, which is
very close to Sikkim," The Telegraph newspaper (India) Sep 17 quoted
KN Topden, a spokesperson for the Karmapa Reception Committee, as saying.

He was cited as saying a number of memorandums had been sent to
India's home ministry and the Prime Minister's Office on the issue
but that no response had come so far. "We do not know the reason for
the Centre's stand."

A pamphlet issued by the committee to the people, asking them to join
the rally, was stated to read: "The government of India must repose
trust and confidence in the people of Sikkim. It has been 10 years
since the Karmapa fled Tibet and took refuge in Dharamsala in
Himachal Pradesh. We have waited long enough."

Topden was cited as saying representatives of all the 65 monasteries
registered with the state government, as well as monks and preachers
from all faiths would join the silent rally that could swell to over 50,000.

"We want to send a message to the Centre that the demand is not from
a handful of people writing memorandums but the entire population of
Sikkim, whose patience is running out," Topden was quoted as saying.
He has said the state's Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, who
supports the committee's stand, had also written to New Delhi on the issue.

The Karmapa currently stays at the Gyuto Monastery near Dharamsala
and frequently appears with the Dalai Lama on important public,
including religious, occasions while awaiting New Delhi's decision.
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