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Dawa Sangpo Dorjee Challanges Dalai Lama for Spiritual test

October 13, 2010

If Dalai Lama passes the test, I am ready to accept Ogyen Trinley as
the 17th Karmapa
Voice of Sikkim
October 5, 2010

Gantok, Oct. 5 -- Dava Sangpo Dorjee, the claimant to the Rumtek
Dharma Chakra Centre Throne as the 17th Karmapa today audaciously
challenged the Dalai Lama for a spiritual test in snow clad region of
Tsonomgo, East Sikkim over his endorsement of Ogyen Trinley Dorjee as
the 17th Karmapa.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Sikkim for nine-day tour of the
Himalayan State starting from December 15 to 23. He will be
meditating for two days in at Tashinging monastery in West Sikkim on
December 16 and 17. The State government has already sanctioned Rs.
50 lakhs for the construction of an exclusive retreat 'Tsam Khang' at
the monastery for the Tibetan spiritual leader. Another Rs. 1.5
crores has been sanctioned for preparations for the Dalai Lama tour
of Sikkim by the State Government.

It is a good thing that the Dalai Lam will be sitting for meditation
when he comes to Sikkim. I want him to meditate with me burried neck
down in snow at Tsongo for 7, 9, 21 hours as per his desire to show
his spiritual powers on the basis of which he has proclaimed Ogyen
Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa. If he can do this, I am ready to
bow down befor him and accept his candidate Ogyen Trinley Dorje as as
17th Karmapa, Dawa Sangpo told reporters here.

The 33-year old monk asserted the he is trying to undermine Dalai
Lama with his challenge for spiritual test. The challenge, he said,
stemmed for his deep anguish over the alleged one-sided endorsement
by the Dalai Lama. "I am not trying to throw up an evil challenge.
But I am deeply hurt to see that Dalai Lama has acted in a one sided
manner and has been avoiding me for since 1993, " he said.

The Dalai Lama had confirmed the Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th
Gyalwang Karmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism on June 10, 992.

Alleging that the Dalai Lame is imposing his candidate on the
Buddhist followers, Dawa Sangpo said that he had tried to gain an
audience with the Dalai Lama nine times but failed each time. "I
wanted to meet him and learn about his reasons nad rationale for
endorsing Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa," he said.

Dawa Sangpo further expressed his objections over decisions of the
state government to construct a mega power project over Rathong Chu
in West Sikkim. The project had been scrapped earlier due
to  protests from monks and Buddhist followers and now again the
government has resumed the project under a different name," he said.

The Project should not come over a sacred river, the water of which
we use for holy purposes. Dawa Sangpo said. All the monks are not in
favour of the project, he said appealing to the State government to
abandon the project again.
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