India Doubts About Gyalwang Karmapa’s Return from US

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has been on an extended stay in the United States since his last departure from the temporal home in India last year and according to reports, the Indian intelligence reports suggest that the second most influential Tibetan spiritual leader in exile may not return back to India!

While Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, who escaped from Tibet under Chinese invasion at the end of the year 2000 and was recognized by the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, India has been recognizing a rival Thaye Dorje, leading to a division among the Kagyue sect of Tibetan Buddhism as well as hyper controversy. However, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has been popularly accepted by most of followers across the world.

However, besides providing shelter to Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, he has been kept in tight scrutiny of Indian intelligence and police at Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Dharamsala for many years after coming to exile. The young Tibetan spiritual leader has not been able to travel freely both inside as well as outside India and only very recently India announced to allow him to visit the state of Sikkim where Rumtek monastery is situated even though he is still not allowed to visit the monastery.

17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee escaped Tsurphu monastery in Tibet on December 28,1999, and arrived at Dharamsala on January 5, 2000, trekking about 1,100 km while dodging the Chinese army. Later, Tai Situ Rinpoche, who reportedly managed the  Karmapa’s escape, wanted to take him to Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, the traditional seat of the Black Hat sect to which Dorje belongs.

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3 thoughts on “India Doubts About Gyalwang Karmapa’s Return from US

  • July 22, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Karmapa has kept India like a prisoner. so of course, the monk wouldn’t like to live there.

    indian government did the same with the hh dalai lama. his holiness was not allowed to travel abroad until 1974. Indian government keeps lamas for 20 years under observation.

  • July 24, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Its a matter of faith of buddhist people in India with the Karmapa. India should deal accordingly.

  • July 31, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Tashi Delek! I saw your article on Gyalwang Karmapa’s stay in US and rumoured India’s doubts. It must have been probably based on articles by people like P Stobdan who has always written anti-Tibetan pieces with unverified accounts mostly. He even shared your article on his FB page. His mention of India recognising Thaye Dorjee as Karmapa is factually incorrect. GoI’s stand has always been neutral in this case.

    Gyalwang Karmapa gave interviews to VOA and RFA yesterday with the true reasons of the extended stay and his coming back to India by November. I hope you will do an article on it as well. Sincerely yours


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