Sikkim Buddhists Demand Karmapa’s Early Visit Permission

Sikkim Buddhists demand Karmapa’s early visit permission to the state. A delegation of monks from various monasteries of Sikkim called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to give early permission for Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee’s visit to the state as the Sikkim Buddhists consider him as the legitimate heir of the 16th Karmapa.

A delegation of monks of various monasteries of Sikkim met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging early permission for Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit the state.” said the report in Business Standard.

The Union Minister was in the state on a three day official visit. “They submitted the resolution taken after a peace rally here on May 18 which urged the Government of India to grant one of the “most important demand and aspiration” of the Buddhists of Sikkim seeking early permission for the Karmapa to visit Sikkim.” said the report.

A Central government order bans all the three claimants to the heir of the 16th Karmapa, to the title at the Rumtek monastery in East Sikkim since the year 1994.

The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee who was recognized by the Dalai Lama is considered as the legitimate heir to the title of the 16th Karmapa at the Rumtek monastery by the Sikkim Buddhists who follows Kagyu Sect of Buddhism. The Karmapa is the head of Kagyu sect and the Sikkim government has already written to the central government several times. However the government has not given any decision on this yet.

Ogyen Trinley Dorjee was born in Tibet and had escaped to India through Nepal at the age of 14. He reached the Tibetan exile quarters at McLeod Ganj on January 5, 2000 and he presently lives in Dharamsala. He is the first reincarnated lama lineage in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

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