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Karmapa defends Dalai Lama

April 11, 2008

Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
Dharamsala, April 10, 2008

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has totally rejected the Chinese allegation
that the Dalai Lama was behind the recent unrest in Tibet.

In an exclusive interview to HT, the 22-year-old who heads the Karma
Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, added that he wanted to visit the US simply

to fulfill a deep-seated yearning to see that country.

“The idea that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has somehow instigated a
well-orchestrated agitation just to create disturbances before the Olympic

Games in Beijing is not correct,” the Karmapa said, breaking his silence
for the first time on the issue. He is generally regarded as the third most

important Tibetan spiritual leader — after the Dalai Lama and the
Panchen Lama.

The Karmapa, who has been living at the Gyoto Tantric Monastery in
Dharamsala ever since his dramatic escape from China eight years ago,

appreciated the world community’s support for Tibet. “China is big
country,” he said, “but it is presently full of disparities. I hope the
Olympic Games

being held there will contribute to bringing more freedom, prosperity
and development for all sections of its people”.

“This is the second time I have appealed to the Indian government to
allow me to go to America,” he said. “My predecessor had set up many

institutes there and I am keen to go and see them.”
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