Sikkim CM Asks Center To Permit Karmapa To The State

Sikkim CM asks center to permit the Tibetan spiritual leader Gyalwang Karmapa to visit the state according to the news report from PTI. The chief minister has urged the central government of India to allow the Karmapa to visit the state where his Rumtek monastery is also situated.

“Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today urged the Centre to allow Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Ugen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim.” said the PTI report yesterday.

“I have been urging the Centre for a long time to allow the 17th Karmapa to visit Rumtek monastery and other shrines of the Tibetan Buddhist sect of Karma Kagyu in Sikkim, but in vain,” he said at an election meeting at Phodong in North Sikkim district during his campaign for the coming panchayat polls.

The report added that the Sikkim CM Chamling had raised the issue of permission to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit Sikkim with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit here in January, 2016, and would raise it again during his visit to Delhi on November 7. He asked if the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee is allowed to stay in India, why should he not be allowed to visit the state of Sikkim.

While Ogyen Trinley is one of the claimants to heir of 16th Karmapa also recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration in Dharmashala, Thayee Dorjee is another claimant to the heir who had earlier this year married to his long time Bhutanese friend in New Delhi.

“Hundreds of Lamas are on a relay hunger strike for more than a year demanding that the Karmapa be allowed to take his “rightful place” in Rumtek monastery.” added the report.

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