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Peculiar Story About the Karmapa

August 15, 2009

Tibetan Altar
August 13, 2009

A media organ called the North India Times, with
which I am not at all familiar, ran a peculiar
story about the Seventeenth Karmapa, reproduced
below (or click to see in context). The gist of
the story is that the Indian government has
pulled off his head-of-state security and put him on a short leash.

There is no shortage of Western observers around
the Karmapa, and it seems that nobody has noticed
these events, if in fact they have occurred at
all. But, if they haven't occurred, then why run
the story? To make China happy? Is Wal-Mart coming to Dharamsala?

Nobody can pin this one down. Plans for a visit
to Great Britain are apparently still in the
works, and the 27th Kagyu Monlam is still on track for December 24 - 31, 2009

Herewith, the peculiar tale:

"Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, the 17th Karmapa has been
living as an exile within an exile from quite
some time. His activities have been on the radar
of security agencies ever since he was granted
asylum in Dharamshala in January 2000.

"Karmapa's activities which were earlier confined
to a radius of 15 kilometres (between Dalai
Lama's residence to Sidhbari where Karmapa
resides) have reportedly been tightened further.
He cannot even see Dalai Lama easily. If the
sources are to be believed, Karmapa's three
requests to meet Dalai Lama were rejected by the Indian security agencies.

"On 25th of July (Saturday last) Karmapa was only
given 30 minutes to see Dalai Lama. Earlier three
requests made by him to see the spiritual Leader
were turned down by the authorities," sources close to Dalai Lama said.

"In July last (2008) Indian government had
refused to allow Karmapa to visit various
monasteries in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and
Kashmir states. These Monasteries are situated close to China borders.

"Karmapa has also been banned from travelling
abroad by the Indian government. He made his
first trip to the United States in 2008,
including visits to New York and San Francisco.
The trip was seen by Tibetans and security
agencies as an attempt to raise his international profile.

"In fact, Karmapa is still being looked with an
eye of suspicion. Sources said Karmapa was
escorted by a group of four people till 2006 who
were removed after the security agencies
objected. Not only this, a multi crore religious
structure which the Karmapa Lama reportedly
started on a huge land site ( 600 kanals ) in
Kotla, 42 kms from Dharamshala had also come
under scanner one month back when the Income Tax
department and security agencies had questioned
the souce of funding. The matter was also
reported to the Ministry of External affairs
which later stopped the construction of this
structure. Atul Phulzhele , The superintendent of
Police, Kangra refused to speak on the issue and
said that the matter belongs to the Ministry of External affairs.

"I am not aware and not supposed to speak on
Karmapa issue," Atul Phulzehele said.

"The buck does not stop here, a couple of months
ago the Z plus security cover was also withdrawn
from Karmapa. Now in place of 24 security
personnel, he is guarded by a single police constable .

"Sources said, Karmapa is keen to visit USA again
but the Indian authorities are not ready to
budge. Twenty three year old Ugyen Trinley
Dorjee, who took refuge in Dharamshala in January
2000, is the leader of the Kagyu sect, one of the
four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The
followers of Kagyu sect are believed to be richest among all Tibetans.

"The Dalai Lama is the head of the Gelug sect.
Karmapa’s followers often tip him as Dalai Lama’s
successor but his sect is a major hindrance. If
the Indian authorities did not allow him to visit
abroad, the Karmapa will have to spend his
remaining life in Sidhbari, sources said."

**********
Karmapa facing exile within an exile
Anamika Sharma
North India Times
July 27, 2009

Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, the 17th Karmapa has been
living as an exile within an exile from quite
some time. His activities have been on the radar
of security agencies ever since he was granted
asylum in Dharamshala in January 2000.

Karmapa's activities which were earlier confined
to a radius of 15 kilometres (between Dalai
Lama's residence to Sidhbari where Karmapa
resides) have reportedly been tightened further.
He cannot even see Dalai Lama easily. If the
sources are to be believed, Karmapa's three
requests to meet Dalai Lama were rejected by the Indian security agencies.

"On 25th of July (Saturday last) Karmapa was only
given 30 minutes to see Dalai Lama. Earlier three
requests made by him to see the spiritual

Leader were turned down by the authorities," sources close to Dalai Lama said.

In July last (2008) Indian government
had  refused to allow Karmapa to visit various
monasteries in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and
Kashmir states.  These Monasteries are situated close to China borders.

Karmapa has also been banned from travelling
abroad by the Indian government. He made his
first trip to the United States in 2008,
including visits to New York and San Francisco.
The trip was seen by Tibetans and security
agencies as an attempt to raise his international
profile. In fact, Karmapa is still being looked
with an eye of suspicion. Sources said Karmapa
was escorted by a group of four people till 2006
who were removed after  the security agencies objected.

Not only this, a multi crore religious structure
which the Karmapa Lama reportedly started on a
huge land site (600 kanals) in Kotla, 42 kms
from  Dharamshala had also come under scanner one
month back when the Income Tax department and
security agencies had questioned the souce of
funding. The  matter was also reported to the
Ministry of External affairs which later stopped
the construction of this structure. Atul
Phulzhele, The superintendent of Police, Kangra
refused to speak on the issue and said that the
matter belongs to the Ministry of External affairs.

"I am not aware and not supposed to speak on
karmapa issue," Atul Phulzehele said.

The buck does not stop here, a couple of months
ago the Z plus security cover was also withdrawn
from karmapa. Now in place of 24 security
personnel , he is  guarded by a single police constable .

Sources said, Karmapa is keen to visit USA again
but the Indian authorities are not ready to
budge. Twenty three year old Ugyen Trinley
Dorjee, who took refuse in Dharamshala in January
2000 , is the leader of the Kagyu sect, one of
the four main schools of Tibetan  Buddhism. The
followers of Kagyu sect are believed to be richest among all Tibetans.

The Dalai Lama is the head of the Gelug sect.
Karmapa’s followers often tip him as Dalai lama’s
successor but his sect is a major hindrance. If
the Indian authorities did not allow him to visit
abroad, the Karmapa will have to spend his
remaining life in Sidhbari, sources said .
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