Tibetan spiritual leader not allowed to go near China borderJuly 24th, 2008 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, July 24 (IANS) The Indian government has refused to allow Tibetan spiritual leader the Karmapa Lama, the only major monk reincarnate recognised by both the Dalai Lama and China, to visit areas close to the China border ahead of the Beijing Olympics, his aides said here Thursday. The 17th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee, had sought permission to visit various monasteries in Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh as well as Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Karmapa’s personal security officer Thenlay told IANS that the two-month-long religious tour was cancelled by the central government.
He said the government had not cited any reason but the tour might have been cancelled in the wake of the Beijing Olympics.
“The government might be anticipating large-scale protests during the Karmapa’s visit in the forward areas,” an aide of the spiritual guru said.
The Karmapa fled Tibet and sought refuge in India some eight years ago. Ever since, he has mostly lived in the Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Sidhbari near Dharamsala - the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, which is not recognised by any country.
As per the tour schedule, the Karmapa was supposed to attend prayer meetings in Buddhist-dominated areas, including the world-famous Tabo Monastery in Spiti, which is also called the Ajanta of the Himalayas.
This was not the first time that the Karmapa has been denied permission. A number of requests made by him for visiting monasteries and pilgrim centres had been turned down by the government in the past.
The Karmapa is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu School, which is one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism. He is considered the third most important Tibetan religious head after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama.
- Karmapa not a Chinese spy, says Beijing - Jan 31, 2011
- India allows Karmapa to visit US - Jul 06, 2011
- Karmapa's monastery raided, aide arrested - Jan 27, 2011
- Karmapa's cash links should be fully probed: Dalai Lama (Lead) - Jan 30, 2011
- Cash row renews clash of rival Karmapas - Feb 04, 2011
- Court drops charges against Karmapa in currency case (Lead) - May 21, 2012
- Rs.6 crore currency seized from Karmapa's monastery - Jan 28, 2011
- Court drops charges against Karmapa in currency case - May 21, 2012
- Tibetan spiritual leader allowed to visit near China border - Sep 02, 2008
- I am not a Chinese spy: Karmapa - May 02, 2011
- India says no to US tour of Tibetan monk - Jul 15, 2010
- Karmapa cash row: Enforcement Directorate scans records (Lead) - Feb 01, 2011
- Himachal to drop charges against Karmapa (Second Lead) - Apr 24, 2012
- Writer, artist, environmentalist and Karmapa - Feb 01, 2012
- Devotees stand by Karmapa, throng monastery - Jan 31, 2011
Tags: 17th karmapa, beijing olympics, dalai lama, dharamsala, forward areas, jammu and kashmir, karma kagyu school, karmapa lama, panchen lama, pilgrim centres, prayer meetings, religious head, religious tour, spiritual guru, spiritual head, spiti, tabo monastery, tibetan buddhism, tibetan government in exile, tibetan spiritual leader