September 22, 2010

Massive Rally in Support of Karmapa to Take Place Sunday

When Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two lamas recognized as the 17th Karmapa, escaped from the Chinese in 2000 he was granted asylum in India.  However, due to pressure from the Chinese government, the Indian government quickly put him under close watch and put heavy restrictions on his ability to travel.  This week, as the Karmapa is giving teachings in Dharamsala, a huge rally in Sikkim is being organized by his supporters to put pressure on the Indian government to lift these travel restrictions so that he can return to his home monastery Rumtek, which is in Sikkim.  For more information on the rally, please visit www.karmapatorumtek.org

Recently, Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been denied permission to visit Europe aWhen Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two lamas recognized as the 17th Karmapa, escaped from the Chinese in 2000 he was granted asylum in India.  However, due to pressure from the Chinese government, the Indian government quickly put him under close watch and put heavy restrictions on his ability to travel.  This week, as the Karmapa is giving teachings in Dharamsala, a huge rally in Sikkim is being organized by his supporters to put pressure on the Indian government to lift these travel restrictions so that he can return to his home monastery Rumtek, which is in Sikkim.  For more information on the rally, please visit www.karmapatorumtek.org

Recently, Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been denied permission to visit Europe and the US, so while the rally is specifically aimed at gaining him access to Rumtek, the larger goal of lifting his travel ban affects his many followers around the world.

via Phayul.com,

Representatives of around 65 monasteries and thousands of supporters of the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will congregate in Gangtok on September 26 for a massive rally. The rally will be held to ask the Indian government to allow Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Rumtek Monastery, which they say is rightfully his home monastery in exile.

The followers of Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje demand that New Delhi must lift the ban on the young Lama to travel to Rumtek, and allow him to take his throne at the monastery.

Karmapa Reception Committee which is organizing the rally said as many as fifty thousand people are expected to gather in Sikkim’s capital.

“The government of India must repose trust and confidence in the people of Sikkim. It has been 10 years since the Karmapa fled Tibet and took refuge in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. We have waited long enough,” the KRC said in a leaflet distributed to followers.

“It has been 10 years since the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa had come to India from Tibet, but still he is not allowed to enter Sikkim even though he was allowed to visit Bokar monastery in Mirik, which is very close to Sikkim. We want to know from the Centre whether we are part of India. If we are a part of India, he should be allowed to come and sit on his throne,” said K.N. Topden, a spokesperson for the Karmapa Reception Committee.

Read the complete article here.

Rumtek Monastery

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Erika Belair's picture

Actually it is quite a relief to see Dechen's commentary which goes straight to the point.
It is also true that some of the legal letters and official documents on karmapatorumtek.org are very clear and informative.
Nevertheless the formulation of 'two lamas recognised' really hurts my feelings.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is the highest authority in place to recognise and confirm tulkus has already made it very clear that he has recognised and/or confirmed the Gyalwa Karmapa 17 Orgyen Trinley Dorje.
Everything else is just a very regettable and painful situation that has deeply shaken humble Kagyu devotees such as myself.
It has also completely destroyed any faith I may have ever had in the integrity of the present Shamar Tulku .
Used to see him as one of the four heartsons and now this....

Monty McKeever's picture

Hi Dechen,

You did see that I recommended people go to karmapatorumtek.org to learn more, no? As you point out, it is a great resource.

best,
Monty

Dechen Z's picture

Wow. And that says absolutely nothing.... Um, I think a better resource is www.karmapatorumtek.org which actually for the first time shows all the official letters and legal documents with HH Dalai Lama clearly stating his support for HH Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

The legal case regarding Rumtek is really about who has the right to administer the property on behalf of His Holiness the Karmapa. Shamar Rinpoche, who was the rotating head of the Karmapa Charitable Trust, refused to relinquish the position after his four year term. He filed a case arguing that that KCT has the authority to administer the property rather than the Karmapa’s own Administrative body (known as Tsurphu Labrang), which is how it was carried out in the past. Ofcourse, there is only one Tsurphu Labrang and that is the body that was with His Holiness in Tibet and now with him in Dharamsala. But, more importantly, the terms of reference for the Trust clearly say that it will be active until His Holiness reaches the age of 21, which as we all know has already been achieved. And, so, legally – based on the terms of reference of the Trust itself, it is actually a defunct entity.

Eduardo RaN's picture

Dear members of Karma Kagyü monasteries and centers,
Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche met H.H. Dalai Lama
On the 13th of August, 2010, I met His Holiness the Dalai Lama at 9am in Dharamsala at His Holiness’ residence. We had a discussion for approximately one and a half hours and had a very important and detailed exchange of views regarding the ongoing Karmapa controversy and its possible solution. Although this matter is not easily resolved, since it is connected to the politics of China and India as well, with His Holiness Dalai Lama’s blessing and support I am confident that there will be an amicable solution, which will be beneficial for the Karma Kagyü lineage, as well as for Tibetan Buddhism in general.
Shamarpa
http://www.karmapa.org/