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Followers of Ogyen Trinley Dorje to rally for his enthronement at Rumtek

September 21, 2010

by Chime Tenzing
Phayul
September 20, 2010

Dharamsala, Sep. 20 -- Representatives of around 65 monasteries and
thousands of supporters of the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will
congregate in Gangtok on September 26 for a massive rally. The rally
will be held to ask the Indian government to allow Karmapa Ogyen
Trinley Dorje to visit Rumtek Monastery, which they say is rightfully
his home monastery in exile.

The followers of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje demand that New Delhi
must lift the ban on the young Lama to travel to Rumtek, and allow
him to take his throne at the monastery.

Karmapa Reception Committee which is organizing the rally said as
many as fifty thousand people are expected to gather in Sikkim's capital.

"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," the KRC said in a leaflet distributed to followers.

"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. We want to know from the Centre whether we are
part of India. If we are a part of India, he should be allowed to
come and sit on his throne," said K.N. Topden, a spokesperson for the
Karmapa Reception Committee.

The rally will begin at 10.30 am from the Guards Ground in Gangtok
and proceed to chief minister's Dr. Pawan Kumar Chamling's official
residence where a memorandum will be submitted to him. "The Sikkim
government has been very supportive to our cause, the chief minister
has also written to the Centre on this issue," Topden said.

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who escaped to India
on January 5 in 2000, was put forward by Tai Situ Rinpoche, a close
disciple of the previous Karmapa, and recognized by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. Another claimant to the throne, Trinlay Thaye Dorjee, was
put forward by Shamar Rinpoche, another close disciple of the late
16th Karmapa. The Indian government has placed a ban on Gyalwang
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's travel to Rumtek. The Indian government
also denied permission twice to Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Trinley
Dorjee to travel to Europe and USA earlier this year.

Gyalwang Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorjee has been living at Gyuto
monastery near here since his escape to India in 2000. He made his
first foreign visit to USA in 2008. The young head of Kagyu tradition
of Tibetan Buddhism is the only Tibetan religious personality
enjoying approval both of the Tibetan government headed by the Dalai
Lama and China which has been making attempts to expand its influence
on Tibetan religious heads through a law requiring Tibetan lamas to
seek Beijing's approval. Tibetans and supporters say China will use
the law to install its own Dalai Lama just as it did with the Panchen Lama.
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