2016/12/04

Live Webcast - Palpung Guru Rinpoche Lama Dance 2016




Vajra Nyitham (Sacred Lama Dances of Guru Rinpoche)

  9th Dec 2016, 07:30 AM (India Time GMT+5:30)


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2016/12/02

Karmapa Trinley Dorje winds up Arunchal visit - The Hindu




DECEMBER 02, 2016

Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu meeting His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo PTI  

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje winded up his two-day visit to West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Karmapa preached and gave his blessings to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang, an official report said.

Thousands of devotees, including hundreds from neighboring Bhutan, thronged the Kalaktang general ground and paid their reverence.

Among others, state Legislative Assembly Speaker T N Thongdok, Chairman of Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA) Jambey Wangdi, West Kameng DC Sonal Swaroop, DIG (APP) T Tusar, SP PN Khrimey and Abbots of Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling Monastery, Thubchog Gatse Ling Monastery and Thupsung Dargye Ling Monastery accompanied the Karmapa to Kalaktang.

During his discourse at Bomdila on Thursday, the Karmapa said that only propagating the message of peace would not serve the purpose, it should come from within.

Assuring people of coming back and interact with the people in a more personalized and larger scale in the days to come, the Karmapa expressed his gratitude to the MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Pema Khandu for facilitating his visit to the state.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his address at Bomdila yesterday said that the visit of the Karmapa to the region and the state was a matter of great pride and honour.

He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.

The Union minister also said that with this new development, the gap between the spiritual guru and the followers would be bridged.



Under India’s watchful eyes, 17th Karmapa visits Arunachal Pradesh - Tehelka


December 2, 2016

The visit by the Karmapa, who escaped from China in 1999, was after the Cabinet Committee on Security decided to lift to restrictions on his travel within India



The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje is presently visiting Arunachal Pradesh. The visit may make China see red which characterises the state as southern Tibet. 

The visit by the Karmapa, who escaped from China in 1999, was after the Cabinet Committee on Security decided to lift to restrictions on his travel within India. 

Despite the Karmapa’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh under the watchful eyes of the Indian government, China may not react to the issue at all. 

Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijjiju met Dorje in Arunachal Pradesh and tweeted about the massive reception to the 17th Karmapa. The last visit by a Karmapa to the region was by the 3rd Karmapa. 

Dorje’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, began on November 28, when he was received at the airport by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. 

Dorje’s visit is significant as he is one of the two major claimants to the seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Though a majority of the Karma Kagyu monasteries and leaders have accepted Urgyen Trinley as the Karmapa, but a minority supports Trinley Thaye Dorje instead.




Message to China: Kiren Rijiju tweets photos of Karmapa's visit to Arunachal - India Today



IndiaToday.in | Edited by Prabhash K Dutta
New Delhi, December 2, 2016





@KirenRijiju https://t.co/uHs3XbHjkz


For the past over five years, the Centre had placed restriction over the movement of Urgyen Trinley Dorje- the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.
But, recently the cabinet committee on security decided to lift restrictions on Karmapa's travel within India. And, currently, he is touring Arunachal Pradesh.
Karmapa's visit to Arunachal Pradesh is significant in the view of Chinese stand on the matter.China has always objected to a visit by a Tibetan leader living in exile in India to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which it claims to be its own territory.
MESSAGE TO CHINA?
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju accompanied the Karmapa on his visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
Rijiju also tweeted the photographs of his visit to the state, indicating full support of the Narendra Modi government to Karmapa's visit to Arunachal Pradesh despite well-known stand of China in the matter.
China had in October objected to US Ambassador to India Richard Verma's visit to Arunachal Pradesh saying that this would strain the bilateral relations.
However, India rejected the Chinese objection stating that Arunachal Pradesh is India's sovereign territory and China has no business in raising question about the ambassador's visit to the state.
WHO IS GYALWANG KARMAPA?
Frustrated by Chinese restrictions on his freedom, Urgyen Trinley Dorje had fled the country at the age of 14 in 1999. Though, he was recognised by China as the next Karmapa, the religious head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
In 2011, the government imposed restrictions on Karmapa's movement in India after Himachal Pradesh Police raided a trust backed by him and recovered cash worth about Rs 6 crore in foreign currencies including those of China.
Karmapa was then suspected to be an agent of Chinese government and his movement was restricted within Himachal Pradesh. But, after the Modi government lifted restrictions on the travel of religious heads within India, his Arunachal Pradesh visit could become possible.

Watch: Karmapa Lama pays tribute to Indian soldiers at war memorial - ANI News







Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh), Dec 02 (ANI): The head of Karma Kagyu lineage Karmapa Lama paid tribute to Indian soldiers at a war memorial in Nyukmadung, near Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. Karmapa Lama on Tuesday enlightened thousands of his followers at a mass prayer ceremony held in Arunachal Pradesh's 

Karmapa visit to Arunachal Pradesh likely to irritate China - The Times of India



Dec 2, 2016



NEW DELHI: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje, is presently visitingArunachal Pradesh. The visit has been enabled by a recent decision by the Cabinet Committee on Security, to lift restrictions on the Karmapa's travel within India. The visit may be expected to rile China, which not only claims Arunachal as its own territory but also saw the Karmapa flee from its custody 17 years ago.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as an extension of its claim over Tibet, characterising Arunachal as 'southern Tibet'. Urgyen Trinley Dorje had dramatically fled to India in 1999 to escape Chinese government restrictions on his religious studies.

However, despite the discomfort over the optics of the Karmapa's visit to Arunachal Pradesh under the watch of the Indian government, China is unlikely to react to the visit, as it is likely to find itself isolated over the issue.

His visit to Arunachal was made possible by a recent decision by the Cabinet Committee on Security, that lifted restrictions on the religious head's travel within India.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju met the Karmapa in Arunachal and tweeted,




Urgyen Trinley's visit to Arunachal Pradesh began on Monday, when he was received at the airport by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. On Friday, he visited the war memorial for Indian soldiers at Nyukmadung and paid tribute.



The last visit to Arunachal Pradesh by a Karmapa was about 900 years ago, by the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, who died in 1339.

The Karmapa's travel within India has been restricted, especially since a 2011 raid by Himachal Pradesh Police on a trust backed by Urgyen Trinley found cash amounting to about Rs 6 crore, in the currencies of 25 countries including China. He had at the time been suspected of being a Chinese government agent, following which the Centre increased restrictions on his travel.

Religiously and culturally, Urgyen Trinley's visit is significant as he is one of the two major claimants to the seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. A majority of the Karma Kagyu monasteries and leaders have already accepted him as the Karmapa. However, a significant minority recognisesTrinley Thaye Dorje instead.

The Chinese government broke with its track record of denying reincarnation when it backed Urgyen Trinley's claim to the seat of the Karmapa. It however placed extremely tight restrictions on his activities and studies, prompting him to flee to India at the age of 14.

India's extension of hospitality to Tibetan leaders, especially the Dalai Lama and Karmapa has come up as a repeated irritant in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Karmapa-visit-to-Arunachal-Pradesh-likely-to-irritate-China/articleshow/55743338.cms

Karmapa’s returns after rousing reception in Indian state bordering China - Phayul



December 02, 2016
By Tenzin Dharpo

 
Arunachal CM Pema Khandu with Karmapa in Tawang on Nov.29, 2016. Source- fb



DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 2: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje yesterday concluded his historic maiden visit to the bordering state of Arunachal Pradesh after an eventful and rousing reception from the people there as well as the state government. 

Sources say that the schedule was enabled after the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by PM Modi reviewed the directive on his movement within India. The CCS is a core committee on National Security with the MoD and the MEA among other significant panels.

The four day schedule saw the Karmapa visit Sera Je Jamyang Choekorling monastery, the Sangyeling monastery and the famous Tawang monastery in Tawang, an area China claims to be of their own as part of southern Tibet. The 31 year old Karmapa also visited West Kameng District, Bomdilla and Dirang where he paid his tribute to Indian soldiers’ war memorial at Nyukmadung.

The Karmapa told ANI that he is happy to rekindle the connection between his lineage and the native here, also thanking the state leadership as well as central government for facilitating his first visit to the region. 

Arunachal CM Pema Khandu who received the Karmapa and accompanied him during some of his schedule earlier this week said the Karmapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are “honored guests” of India which makes their freedom of movement an Indian affair and that China should not intervene in India’s “internal matter”.

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs who met the Karmapa in Bomdilla tweeted, “Massive reception to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje who is on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh to spread love & compassion,” also adding in another tweet, “After 900 years, HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa could again visit Mon region in Arunachal Pradesh. The last visit was by The 3rd Karmapa.” 

Secretary to the Office of Karmapa Karma Dorjee Namgyal Khortsa told Phayul, “Although the trip is just for a few days, the Karmapa was happy to have met all those people and visit even the smallest of temples and shrines in the area. CM Pema Khandu was a gracious host accompanying us for a day from 6 o’clock in the morning till evening. Minister Kiren Rijiju, MHA advisor Amitabh Mathur and other dignitaries made the visit worthwhile and fruitful.”

The Karmapa is the third most prominent figure after Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the age-old Karma Kagyu lineage and was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa. 

Rumtek monastery, also called Dharmachakra centre in Sikkim, is considered as main seat of Karma Kagyu lineage in India and is also the focal point of this sectarian tension between the two organizations, Tsurphu Labrang (supporting Ogyen Trinley Dorje) and Karmapa Charitable trust (supporting Thaye Dorje). The Karmapa controversy is played out in the Indian court as the two rival parties supporting the two candidacies has reached an impasse. 

Many say that the Indian government has become much lenient in matters related to the Karmapa controversy following the demise of Shamarpa Rinpoche, who brought forward the other claimant Trinley Thaye Dorjee. Followers of the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje sat on hunger strike and carried out processions in Gangtok demanding the Indian government to allow Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Rumtek, the seat of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. The Indian government has stationed permanent sentries guarded by military personnel at Rumtek monastery. However, the optimism in people's heart that the Indian government will allow Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim and Rumtek has got a huge boost after this historic visit accompanied by a Union Minister and the Chief minister of a border state. This visit, many say, is not an ordinary visit but a political message to China and also some sort of an approval from the Indian government's side of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as being the rightful 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. 


New Delhi nod for Karmapa’s Arunachal visit - The Hindu



DECEMBER 02, 2016
Vijaita singh

It comes soon after the U.S. envoy visited the State despite China’s objections


The government allowed Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, to address a public gathering at Mon in Arunachal Pradesh recently.

The move comes six months after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, allowed the Karmapa to travel abroad.

The Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He escaped from Tibet in 2000.

In 2011, police had recovered Rs 1.2 crore of unaccounted foreign currency, including Chinese currency, from the Gyuto Tantric University and Monastery in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

The monastery is the temporary home of the Karmapa. The police had registered a case against the Karmapa and the then UPA government placed further restrictions on his travel.

After the NDA government came to power in 2014, the CCS reviewed the Karmapa’s case and he was allowed to travel freely within as well as outside India.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is also a Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, told The Hindu, “The devotees as well as the government of Arunachal Pradesh is pleased with the government’s decision to allow the 17th Karmapa’s visit to the State.”

Government’s decision to allow the Karmapa to visit Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China comes a month after the U.S Ambassador to India Richard Verma visited Tawang, which China claims as a “disputed” territory.

China had criticised India for Mr. Verma’s visit. As reported by The Hindu earlier, the Dalai Lama is also expected to visit Arunachal Pradesh for a fortnight visit in March 2017, when he is expected to visit Tawang, Itanagar and the eastern districts of the State.

No reaction from China yet

“China has not reacted yet and we see no reason they should react publicly as it would isolate them more.Since the Karmapa’s dramatic escape from Tibet, the Indian government had put him under the scanner and restricted his movement. But recently the CCS revised its earlier decision and he could visit Arunachal Pradesh,” an official said.

On Thursday, Mr. Rijiju had posted several pictures of the Karmapa visiting Mon district on Twitter. In one of the messages, the Minister said, “After 900 years, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa could again visit Mon region in Arunachal Pradesh. The last visit was by the 3rd Karmapa.”

Thousands of devotees, including hundreds from neighbouring Bhutan also came to listen to the preachings of the Karmapa, said an official.



Peace is the essence of Buddhism: Karmapa - The Arunachal Times



December 2, 2016




BOMDILA, Dec 1: His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje called upon the people of the West Kameng district to maintain peace and tranquility for a better world order.

“Propagation of peace only would not serve the purpose, it should come from within,” he said addressing his followers at Buddha Stadium here on Thursday.

“The teachings of Lord Buddha, has therefore great bearings in this materialistic world. The practice should not be limited to the monks and the monasteries only, rather it should be followed and incorporated by all sentient beings for which education is must,” he opined.

Assuring to come back and interact with the people in a more personalized and larger scale in the days to come, the Karmapa expressed his gratitude to the MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Pema Khandu for facilitating his visit to the state.

He also paid tribute to late Tsona Gontse Rinpoche for his yeomen services and prayed for his swift re-birth.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his address to the people of the district said that the visit of the Karmapa to the region and the state was a matter of great pride and honour.

He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.
He also advocated that with this new development, the gap between the spiritual guru and the followers would be bridged. “With the subsequent visit of the Karmapa, new initiatives like construction of monasteries and learning institutes could be taken up to further the spiritual ambience and temperament in the region,” Rijiju said.

MLA Japu Deru and DC Sonal Swaroop also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier in the morning, the Karmapa visited Thubchog Gatse Ling Monastery (Lower Gompa) where he was received by Guru Tulku Rinpoche and partook in various monastic rituals.

The day before, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Kalchakra Gompa, Thupsung Dargye Ling Monastery and the Lieung Gompa at Dirang en-route to Bomdila from Tawang.
Among others, the programme at Buddha Stadium Bomdila was attended by Speaker TN Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretaries Phurpa Tsering and Kumsi Sidisow, MLA Japu Deru, MHA advisor Amitabh Mathur, Chairman DoKAA Jambey Wangdi, DC Sonal Swaroop, RCS Rinchin Tashi, DIG (APP), DIG (SSB), Commander BRO, Director CIHCS Dahung and others. (DIPRO)


2016.12.1 Karmapa's second day visit to Bomdila
http://www.arunachaltimes.in/peace-is-the-essence-of-buddhism-karmapa/

2016/12/01

Karmapa visits Arunachal Pradesh on state invitation - Tibetan Review



DECEMBER 1, 2016


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited the Kala Wangpo Convention Hall to speak on Buddhist Philosophy and its relevance in the modern times. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and other dignitaries accompanied him.



(TibetanReview.net, Nov30, 2016) – The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of the Kamtsang Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, is visiting the politically sensitive border Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, having arrived there on Nov 28, accompanied by Mr Amitabh Mathur, a Ministry of Home Affairs advisor, said a PTI report carried by arunachaltimes.in. The state’s Chief Minister, Mr Pema Khandu, travelled to the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati in Neighbouring Assam state to welcome and accompany him to Tawang by helicopter.
He visited the Sera-Jae-Jamyang Choekorling Monastery, the Sangyeling Monastery, and then the Tawang Monastery. At Tawang, Abbot Gankar Tulku Rinpoche and the Chief Minister made a mendel-ten-sum ritual offering – which symbolizes the body, speech and mind offering – to the Karmapa.
The Karmapa was reported to have called it fortunate that he was able to visit Tawang. He has thanked the Chief Minister and the federal Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr Kiren Rijiju, for taking the initiative for his visit.
During an address to the public at Tawang Monastery, the Karmapa was reported to have called on the people to have a firm faith in the teachings of the Buddha and of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In particular he has urged them to carry forward the understanding of Buddhist philosophy and science and to imbibe them in their daily life.
He has called on the Buddhist communities to remain in harmony and prevent outside forces from hampering the progress of Buddhism in Monyul, the land of the local Monpa people.
The Karmapa is the third most influential figure among Tibetan Buddhists. He escaped from Chinese ruled Tibet in Dec 1999, and arrived at Dharamshala, India, the following month, citing lack of religious freedom and the freedom to pursue his Buddhist studies.
The Karmapa’s visit takes place ahead of a scheduled visit to the state by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Mar 2017.
China, which calls the state a disputed territory, describing it as a part of southern Tibet, has already criticized the Dalai Lama’s planned visit. It is not clear, however, how it will respond to the Karmapa’s visit. China has refused to condemn his escape and has continued to look forward to his return home.

2016/11/30

Watch: Scores of followers seek Karmapa Lama's teachings - ANI News





Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Nov 30 (ANI): The head of Karma Kagyu lineage, Karmapa Lama, enlightened thousands of his followers at a mass prayer ceremony held in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang on Tuesday. State's Chief Minister Pema Khandu joined the gathering to seek the 17th Karmapa's blessings. The monk, who is on a two-day visit to Tawang, will visit Dirang Valley and depart for Bomdila later. 'Karmapa' is an honorific title given to the head of the largest sub-schools of Buddhism, Karma Kagyu.


His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Thinley Dorje Bless his Devotees at Jang - Jang Times


Today: Jang the 30th December 2016, His holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa whileenroute to Bomdila visit Jang Palpung Monastery for a consecration ceremony were thousands of devotees gathered together to seek his holy blessing. His Holiness was accompanied by entourage team including Shri Pema Khandu (HCM) Arunachal Pradesh, HMLA Shri Tsering Tashi and other dignitaries subsuming his security cell. His holiness was accorded warm welcome as per buddhist rituals by the monks of Palpung Monastery with playing ceremonial flute.
Swarmed of devotees gathered at Monastery premises to have blessing from his holiness and "a Vision of the Divine".
Although His holiness schedule was very tight but he manages to address his devotees. He started his address with Buddhist Mantra "OM MANE PEDME HUNG". He asked the devotees present out there to take refugee under Dharma and urge to practice it in daily life. He further emphasis that materialistic world is impermanent rather one should embrace Dharma and try to pacify once heart day after day. Refrain/avert oneself from feeling of Hatred, Jealousy and evil thinking. one must try to evade evil thinking by taking refugee under Dharma and also in-fluxing a clean heart to do good things for all sentient beings. He culminated his short addresses because of time bound with word of thanks to all devotees who gathered there and also wishes to meet them again.
Devotees out there were very excited for his holiness presence and also for the opportunity to glance of his holiness glimpse so closely.
His holiness teachings were simple but it denote vast meaning behind. His holiness visits and his preaching will be worthy only if we imbibe it in our daily life.
Jang times speaks a word of thanks to everyone for their participation for the event. Special thanks to Shri Pema Khandu, HCM of Aruanchal for effort made to welcoming his holiness, Abbot of Palpung Monastery for utmost arrangement. Shri Lobsang Phunstok (chopa Sir) man behind the scene and also founder of the monastery, Public leaders of Jang for their untiring effort, team of volunteers headed by Shri Lobsang Khetup and the public for making the event a grand success. Great enthusiasm for his holiness shower of blessing and anticipating for his holiness such holy gracing in near future.

2016.11.30 Karmapa bade farewell to Tawang and marched forth to Dirang , Bomdilla

Karmapa status claimant visits Tawang for 1st time - The Times of India



Nov 30, 2016





ITANAGAR: Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the three claimants to the title of the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, visited Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang for the first time on Monday.

Dorje, whose identification as the 17th Karmapa and escape from Tibet to India have both been subject of controversy, was accorded a warm welcome there. He was accompanied by adviser to the Union home minister, Amitabh Mathur.

The visit of Dorje is significant as Arunachal is claimed by China as part of its territory. Tawang, home to a sizeable Tibetan Buddhist community, was one of the flashpoints of the India-China war of 1962. The presence of US ambassador to India Richard Verma at the recently concluded Tawang Festival had also provoked a sharp response from China.

The visit also assumes significance as the Centre had previously imposed several restrictions on Dorje's movements, especially proposed trips to areas of strategic importance like Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.

On Monday, however, the spiritual leader was welcomed by Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu at the Guwahati airport. They then flew to the Tawang monastery where Dorje advised people to have faith in the teachings of The Buddha and The Dalai Lama. He also urged the Sanghas to be united to prevent 'outside forces' from hampering the progress of Buddhism in the region.

Dorje, who serves as spiritual guide to millions of Buddhists around the world, interacted with locals who lined up along the road to the monastery with 'khada', incense sticks and flowers to welcome him.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/itanagar/Karmapa-status-claimant-visits-Tawang-for-1st-time/articleshow/55700184.cms

2016/11/29

Karmapa Lama visits Arunachal's Tawang, receives overwhelming response - ANI News


2016-11-29



The Karmapa Lama, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world, was given a rousing welcome on his arrival in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

A monk here said Karmapa, who is visiting here on the request of Chief Minister Pema Khandu interacted with local residents and gave them sermons on life.
"The Karmapa came here around 1,110 years ago and special prayers were held then. At that point of time, he built around 10-15 gonpas. The 10th Karmapa could not visit here. The Monpa people kept saying that there is Karmapa's name in the gonpas and they wanted to listen to his preachings and he is visiting here post the request made by the locals to the Chief Minister and Kiren Rijiju (MoS Home)," he said.
"Karmapa held prayers here and preached the people, besides interacting with intellectuals, teachers and scholars at the Kala Wangpo Hall," he added.
Pema Yangchin, a resident, said she had come here to seek the Karmapa's blessings.
"We have all gathered here to see the Karmapa, who is the third highest Rimpoche in Buddhism here. We are here to seek his blessings," she added.
Tsering Drema, a student, also expressed her delight to see the Karmapa and said that she had been waiting for this day for long.
"We are very happy. We have for long wanted to see him and finally we got to see him. We know that he is a very big Rimpoche," she said.
The Karmapa after his two-day visit to Tawang will be visiting the Dirang Valley in West Kameng District and then leave for Bomdila.

2016.11.28 The Karmapa arrives to a rousing reception at Tawang

China should not intervene in India's internal matter: Arunachal CM on Karmapa Lama's India visit - ANI News





Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Nov 29 (ANI): Asserting that Karmapa Lama is India's guest and he can visit anywhere he wants in India, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that China should not intervene in India's internal matter. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who was accompanied by MHA Advisor Amitabh Mathur, was accorded a grand reception at Ugyen Tsangpo Helipad at Changprong on Monday. 


China likely to see red as Tibetan leader tours Arunachal - Kashmir Monitor



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Agencies:The Chinese authorities were taken by surprise Monday morning after Tibetean spiritual leader Ugyen Trinly Dorje was given a rousing reception in Arunachal Pradesh after the Centre allowed Dorje to visit the border state.

Dorje was received in Arunachal by the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and sister Ngodup Pelzom. It was the spiritual leaders first visit to Arunachal Pradesh and signal's a clear shift in how New Delhi has begun to view Dorje.


Born in 1985 and recognised by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa, Dorje arrived in India under suspicious and unexplained circumstances in the year 2000. The Indian establishment for long suspected him to be a Chinese plant but after 16 years of being unsure New Delhi seems to be favouring the young spiritual leader.


Among the Tibetan community in India Ugyen Dorje has caught the imagination, especially amongst the youth and keeping his profile in mind the Centre allowed his visit to Arunachal from 28th November to 3rd December, observers feel.


Ugyen is considered by many as the Dalai Lama's heir but this view is contested strongly by the three other claimants to the Dalai Lama's throne.


Within the establishment experts are keenly watching the Chinese reaction to Ugyen's Arunachal visit. Last time when the Dorje spoke against the Chinese in an interview, China responded with a an uncharacteristic stoic silence, once again fuelling speculations in India about Urgyen's leanings.


India and China have been caught in a bitter war or words over Arunancal Pradesh territories with China going to the extent of issuing only stapled visa's to Arunachal residents.


http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/113192/china-likely-to-see-red-as-tibetan-leader-tours-arunachal