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India prohibits Karmapa's US visit

July 16, 2010

Phayul
July 15, 2010

Dharamsala, July 15 -- The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has been denied permission
by the Indian government to travel to the United
States, his aides have told the Indo Asian News
Service. The young head of Kagyu tradition of the
Tibetan Buddhism was scheduled to leave for the
United States on a two week religious tour on the
invitation of Karma Triyana Dharamchakra centre
in Woodstock in New York. The Karmapa was to
attend religious events that began Wednesday.

"We fail to understand that why restrictions were
imposed on his movement as the tour was purely a
religious one. Moreover, the government has not
cited any reason for declining to grant
permission," Gonpo Tsering, an aide of Karmapa was quoted as saying.

This is the second time that the young Lama often
touted by the media as a probable successor to
the Dalai Lama has been prohibited to visit
abroad this year. In April, the Indian government
did not grant permission to the Karmapa to visit
Europe where he was to give religious teachings from May 27 to July 2.

The young head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of
Tibetan Buddhism made his maiden and only visit
outside India in May 2008 to the United States
after the Ministry of External Affairs of the
Indian government granted him permission in
February 2008. The visit took place between May 15 to June 2, 2008.

Born on June 26, 1985, in Kham region of eastern
Tibet, Karmapa is the only Tibetan religious
personality who is recognized both by the Dalai
Lama and China. China in 2007 introduced a rule
that bans Tibetan lamas without China’s approval,
a move that analysts say is intended to influence
the selection of the next Dalai Lama. China says
all reincarnate lamas of Tibet or “living
Buddhas” must have government’s approval. The
Tibetans don’t agree and say Beijing is now
interfering even in the ancient and traditional
reincarnation system of the Tibetan Buddhism for
its ulterior political motives.
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