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Delhi Signals Red to Karmapa's Visit to Border Areas

July 25, 2008

July 24, 2008

Dharamsala, July 25 -- The Indian Government denied permission to the
17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee to visit the Buddhist
regions close to the border of Chinese administered Tibet Autonomous
Region, reported Indian daily Hindustan Times.

According to a report published today in Hindustan Times, the young
head of the Kagyu sect of the Tibetan Buddhism (black hat sect) had
sought permission from the Indian government to go on a two-month
religious tour to Buddhist areas of Ladakh in Jammu&Kashmir State.
Gyalwang Karmapa had also expressed his wish to preach in Kinnaur and
Lahual Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.

However, the Indian government denied permission to the Buddhist
leader who remains under the watchful eyes of the intelligence
agencies at his temporary abode at Gyuto Tantric monastery, the paper said.

The Hindustan Times reported his aides as saying that the programme
had to be cancelled due to the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.

The young Buddhist leader who is seventeenth in the lineage escaped
from Tibet in January 2000 and was last month in the United States on
his first ever foreign trip. He is the only Tibetan Buddhist leader
recognized by the Dalai Lama and approved by Beijing. However,
Tibetan Buddhist leaders traditionally do not require approval from Beijing.
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