Melting Glaciers in Tibet Worry Buddhist Monk - EdenKeeper

17th Karmapa (Photo by Prince Roy available on Flickr)

This week, as world leaders gather in Paris for the United Nations’ 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to discuss climate change, EdenKeeper plans to bring you stories from communities vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change. The first story comes from Tibet, where a Buddhist monk is drawing attention to the rapid rate of warming at the Tibetan plateau and the impacts melting glaciers will have on water availability in Asia.

Asia’s Melting Water Tower

Tibet is sometimes referred to as the “Third Pole” because it is the third largest concentration of ice after the south and north poles. And, like the poles, the rate of warming in Tibet is occurring faster than the global average. The plateau has seen an increase in temperature of approximately 0.4-degree Celsius every 10 years. In the past 50 years, the temperature has increased by 1.3-degrees Celsius.
Warmer temperatures are causing Tibet’s glaciers to melt. They have retreated nearly 18% in the last 65 years and even the thick ice around the base camp of Everest has disappeared exposing the stones, said the director of Tibet’s mountaineering administration center. Climate researchers from the Central Tibetan Administration say that over two-thirds of Tibet’s 46,000 glaciers could disappear by 2050.
Melting glaciers will have serious impacts on countries like China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam and over 150 million people who rely on water from Tibet’s icy peaks. “They are sources of life for China’s western arid regions,” said Kang Shichang of the institute of Tibetan Plateau research, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

A Plea for Protection

Tibetan religious head and 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje spent his early years in eastern Tibet before fleeing to Dharamsala, India. On his 30th birthday last June, he reflected on the beauty of his homeland and warned of the dangers it’s facing.
“Each year on my birthday, I recall not only my parents, but also the sparkling beauty of the pristine natural environment in which I was born and raised,” said the Buddhist monk in a message in June. “This intensifies my sense of urgency for the protection of the fragile ecosystems of the Tibetan plateau as well as the Himalayas. As I have said, the area’s glaciers make it the source of the most of Asia’s major rivers, and the Third Pole of the globe itself. For this reason, the Tibetan plateau plays an important role.”

Later in an interview about COP21, he said: “If there is one thing we now know about climate change it’s that its impacts do not discriminate on the basis of a nation’s wealth or power.”

Buddhist Push for Climate Action

The Karmapa joins other Buddhist leaders, including the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, who are urging global leaders to make a firm climate commitment during the COP21 talks. Signatories to the Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders warn, “We are at a crucial crossroads where our survival and that of other species is at stake as a result of our actions.”
Although this story focuses on the community of Tibet, climate change’s impacts to the region will have serious impacts on the survival of millions of people in Asia. Global leaders at COP21 have a responsibility to protect these people and the many others who face water shortages, food shortages, floods, heat waves, and devastating storms as a result of a changing climate.


Sikkim government urges Centre to allow 17th Karmapa to visit Rumtek monastery - Tibet Express

DHARAMSALA, Nov 26: The government of Sikkim has requested the Central government to allow His Eminence the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Thrinley Dorjee to visit Rumtek monastery, the main seat of Karma Kagyu or Black hat school of Tibetan Buddhism in India.

Photo by: Indrjit Das,
licensed under Creative Commons Attribution.
Sikkim Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling made the request last week during his meetings with Prime Minister Modi and Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, citing large number of Sikkimese followers who have been fondly waiting to their spiritual leader’s audience and blessings.
Prime Minister Modi gave positive assurances of favourably considering the demand requiring quick resolution for which the Chief Minister thanked the Honorable Prime Minister, according to a Voice of Sikkim report.
Responding to the request, Union Minister Rajnath Singh agreed that there is no ‘in-principle’ impediment to allow the Buddhist leader to visit Sikkim and expressed hope that the issue is going to be resolved, VOS said in an earlier report.

The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Chamling meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on November 19, 2015.

Despite numerous requests, the Central government has not allowed the 30-yr-old Tibetan Buddhist leader to visit Rumtek since his arrival in India in 2000. Especially, those in the security establishment have been watchful of the 17th Karmapa and have held reservations over his visit to Rumtek.
“Intelligence agencies have been watchful of Ogyen whom they refer to as Ugyen Trinley Dorje or “UTD” in secret files and believe Beijing anointed him to serve its long term ulterior motive of changing the mindset of Buddhist population in favour of China,” DNA news agency said in a report today.
Because there are two claimants as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa, Ugyen Trinley Dorjee who resides in Dharamsala and Delhi-based Trinley Thaye Dorjee, the Centre finds itself in a dilemma as allowing anyone of them would be seen as giving legitimacy to one claimant.

The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Chamling calling on the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on November 17, 2015.

Since Chamling’s party, Sikkim Democratic Party maintains that large number of Sikkimese believe Ugyen Trinley Dorje, who was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as the true Karmapa, he has demanded the Centre to specify a time frame by which the Tibetan Buddhist leader should be allowed to visit the monastery even if it disallows the visit for now.
Stating that a written request has been made to the Narendra Modi government, DNA quoted Sikkim MP, PD Rai as echoing similar sentiment.
“The cooling off period of so many years should be enough for intelligence agencies to decide and at least a date should be given now to allow him to visit Rumtek,” MP PD Rai has said.

Sikkim asks New Delhi to let Karmapa visit Rumtek or set a date - TibetanReview

NOVEMBER 27, 2015

The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

(TibetanReview.net, Nov27, 2015) – Chief Minister Pawan Chamling of Sikkim has asked India’s Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh to allow the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit his Rumtek Monastery located in the state, saying his large numbers of followers wanted to see him take his seat there, reported dnaindia.com Nov 2. Rumtek is the principal seat in exile of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism headed by the Karmapa.
The report said the request was made the week before, although the Home Minister’s response, if any, remains unknown.
Ogyen Trinley Dorje was born in Tibet and recognized as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa who had built Rumtek after escaping from Chinese ruled Tibet and passed away in the USA. The circumstance of his recognition remains a bit murky. However, Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the four regents of the previous Karmapa, fully supported him. His recognition was endorsed by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and he was duly enthroned in his principal seat of Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling of Sikkim.
 (Photo courtesy: indiatvnews.com)
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje fled Chinese ruled Tibet in Dec 1999, citing lack of religious freedom. He arrived in Dharamsala in Jan 2000 where he has remained ever since. India has restricted his movements and disallows him from visiting Rumtek despite repeated pleas from his large numbers of followers in Sikkim.
India is said to be suspicious about the circumstance of his escape from Chinese ruled Tibet and also concerned about disturbance to social order in view of the existence of another 17th Karmapa-claimant, namely New Delhi-based Thaye Dorje, also said to have been born in Tibet, supported by the late Shamar Rinpoche, another regent of the previous Karmapa.
Chief Minister Chamling, leader of the Sikkim Democratic Front party, was reported to have asked New Delhi to specify a time frame by which Ogyen Trinley Dorje will be allowed to visit Rumtek even if it disallows a visit now. Sikkim’s MP to the Indian parliament, Mr PD Rai, has also demanded a decision on the date issue, saying the cooling off period of so many years should be enough for India’s intelligence agencies, seen as the main objectors, to decide the issue.
A separate request has also been made to the Narendra Modi government, the report added.


The Dalai Lama Reaffirms That There Is Only One Karmapa to the Kagyu Throne, May 4, 1994

[This version: 4 May 1994]
Date:         Wed, 4 May 1994 01:53:57 +0100
Reply-To: Tibet Interest List 
Sender: Tibet Interest List 
From: Michael Farmer 
Subject:      Re: Karmapa/Sharmapa

The Press Release below (which was printed on Rumteck Monastery
stationary) has been passed to me by Namgyal Tsering, a monk in Situ
Rinpoche. He tells me that Situ Rinpoche wishes to see it widely
circulated. It was published following some disturbances in Delhi at
the time of Tenzin Chentse's "enthronement" ceremony.

(Note: spelling and line breaks are as in original document)

New Delhi. April 4, 1994

Press Release
             TO THE KAGYU THRONE

The entire Tibetan community were greatly preturbed when a small
faction of the Karma Kargyu order of Tibetan Buddhists, on 17
March 1994, suddenly performed a welcome ceremony at Delhi for a
young boy allegedly named Tenzin Chentse who they claim on the basis
of some vague credentials to be the seventeenth Karmapa.
The indignation and consequent scuffles that followed are a
matter of sorrow and regret to a community that deeply believes
in truth, peace and harmony.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on 29th March 1994 received a
delegation representing almost all the heads of the Kagyu order
and was appraised of these unfortunate developments. He strongly
reaffirmed that there can only be one Karmapa on the throne and
the he is Ugyen Trinlay Dorji who has already been enthroned at
Tsurphu in Tibet. The Dalai Lama reiterated that this decision is
final and impossible to change.

The Dalai Lama was distressed by some media and other reports
concerning these matters and instructed his cabinet to write to
all Tibetan Buddhists, The Home minister of india and the  Chief
minister of the State of Sikkim affirming his satisfaction
concerning the enthronement of the 17th Karmapa and dismissed as
baseless some mischevous allegations concerning any Chinese

In our capacities as the leaders  of the Kagyu order of  Tibetan
Buddhists,  we are making our official position clear that there
can  be no other Karmapa than Ugyen Trinley Dorji.  Today,  the
Kagyu order is one among the four major Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist
orders and accounts for about 20% of the Tibetan followers and
between a third to a half of the followers in Sikkim, Ladakh,
Bhutan and Nepal. This order also has  a large following among
some 100,00 foreigners from, South East Asia, Europe and
North America.  It has nearly 200 monasteries in  Tibet, 30 in
India and Nepal and over 200 meditation centres around the world.


The supreme head of the Karma Kagyu order has always been the
Karmapa in a succession of incarnations since the eleventh
century. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa passed away on
November 5, 1981 at the age of 58. The four regents agreed, in
writing, to administer the affairs of the sect by rotation.  The
'letter of prediction' was discovered in a brocade talisman which
the Karmapa had given to Tai Situ Rimpoche ten months before his
passing away on November 5, 1981. This discovery was shown to all
the regents on March 22, 1992 and was initially greeted by
universal joy. However, soon thereafter, Shamar Rimpoche and his
followers began to behave strangely and threaten the solidarity
of the Kagyu community.

Details concerning all these events, the circumstances of the
discovery of the seventeenth Karmapa on the basis of the 'letter
of prediction', his formal approval by the Dalai Lama, his
enthronement at Tsurphu in Tibet and the unfortunate incidents on
March 17, 1994 are noted in the attached background note.

On behalf of all members of the Kagyu community we collectively
appeal to all followers and especially the followers of our dear
and respected colleague Shamar Rimpoche to honour the sacred
tradition of Tibetan incarnation where there can only be one
incarnation of the revered Karmapa. We earnestly appeal to all
followers of the Kagyu order so that we can stand together and
ensure that no external interests can break our unity and we can
all work together for truth, peace and harmony which is our
message to the world in these troubled times.

The 12th Tai Situ Rimpoche. Regent of the Karmapa.

The 12th Gyaltsab Rimpoche. Regent of the Karmapa.

Ponlop Rimpoche. Senior Rumtek High Lama.

Trangu Rimpoche. Supreme Abbot of the Karma Kargyu order.

Bokar Rimpoche. Supreme Meditation Master of the Kagyu liniage.

Drupon Rimpoche. Senior Rumtek High Lama

Khenpolodoe Dhonyu. Abbot of the Kagyu liniage.

Lama Gyaltsen. General Secretary of the Dhaksang Kagyu liniage.

Tenzin Namgyal. General Secreary of Kagyu International head
Quarters of the Gyalwa Karmapa at Rumtek.

For further information please contact Murad Ali Baig.
R-8 Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 11006. Tel 665512, 6854751

Attached to the preceeding Press Release was another document, also
dated April 4th, 1994 and titled "A Background note concerning the
Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism and issues relating to the Karmapa

As several people in this thread seem to have already read the
so-called "Karmapa Papers" -(apparently representing the views of
Sharma Rinpoche and his followers) - I will also be posting this
background note here once I have re-typed it from the hard copy) as it
represents the case as stated by the followers of Situ Rinpoche and
the Karmapa enthroned at Tsurphu.

-Chris Fynn


end of file



Mingyur Rinpoche Offered Mandala

Mingyur Rinpoche offered Mandala and had lunch with The Gyalwang Karmapa at Gyuto Monastery. 25th Nov, 2015.


Sikkim government's request puts Centre in a bind - DNA India

Thursday, 26 November 2015 - 6:50am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna | From the print edition

Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling requested union home minister Rajnath Singh last week to allow the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visit the monastery as large numbers of Sikkimese followers want to see him Rumtek which is the main seat of Karma Kagyu or Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism having over 700 monasteries worldwide.

The Sikkim government request to allow Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two claimants to be Karmapa of the Kagyu sect of Buddhism, to visit the Rumtek monastery has put the Centre in a bind.
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling requested union home minister Rajnath Singh last week to allow the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visit the monastery as large numbers of Sikkimese followers want to see him Rumtek which is the main seat of Karma Kagyu or Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism having over 700 monasteries worldwide.
The Centre has maintained consistently that the 30-year-old Karmapa's activities are connected to Chinese shenanigans since his arrival in India in 2000. Intelligence agencies have been watchful of Ogyen whom they refer to as Ugyen Trinley Dorje or "UTD" in secret files and believe Beijing anointed him to serve its long term ulterior motive of changing the mindset of Buddhist population in favour of China.
The intelligence agencies have also routinely reported on activities UTD for encouraging "China-friendly" religious institutions in the Himalayan region.
The conspiracy theory gained a lot of currency in 2011, when Enforcement Directorate raided several premises of Ogyen in Himachal Pradesh and booked his associates for with holding foreign currencies.
The then NSA Shiv Shankar Menon had to step in himself to contain the growing tirade against Ogyen.
Despite this, many in government, especially those in the security establishment, are still wary of Ogyen and believe that allowing Karmapa to visit Rumtek would give legitimacy to one claimant, sources said.
The Kagyu sect has two claimants as Karmapa - Ogyen Trinley Dorje who lives in Himachal Pradesh and Delhi based Trinley Thaye Dorje. Both were born in Tibet and anointed by two different senior monks and said to have escaped from Tibet due to pressure of Chinese authorities. Both have their own websites and claim that they are the real 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.
Claiming that Ogyen was anointed by Beijing, India tacitly backs Delhi-based Thaye as the religious leader. But the undisputed and topmost leader of Tibetans, Dalai Lamarecognises Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the Karmapa.
Understanding Centre's dilemma, Chamling has given it the ropeway that even if the government disallows the monk to visit the monastery now, it should specify a time frame by which a should be made. His party, the Sikkim Democratic Front has maintained that a large number of Sikkimese believe Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the Karmapa.
Sikkim MP, PD Rai also said that the cooling off period of so many years should be enough for intelligence agencies to decide and at least a date should be given now to allow him to visit Rumtek. A written request has also been made to the Narendra Modi government.
Cooling off period
Sikkim MP, PD Rai also said that the cooling off period of so many years should be enough for intelligence agencies to decide and at least a date should be given now to allow him to visit Rumtek. A written request has also been made to the Narendra Modi government.


Commemoration of the Life of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

14 February, 2016
Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya

On February 14, 2016, the seventh day of the first month of the Tibetan Year of the Fire Monkey, there will be a commemoration of the life and enlightened activity of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the great Tibetan Buddhist master who revived the teachings of the unequalled Dhakpo Kagyu. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was a leader in spreading Buddhism across the world, a master recognized for his incomparable merit and splendor, and a bhikshu who upheld the three pitakas.
The Chief Guest at the commemoration, occurring in what would have been the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa’s ninety-second year, will be His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, Konchog Tenzin Kunsang Thrinle Lhundrup.
The morning program will include the unveiling of a new printing of the Jang Kangyur, the Collected Works of Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, and a pictorial biography of the 16th Karmapa titled Dharma King: The Life of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in Images. The afternoon will feature the Guru Yoga of the Sixteenth Karmapa and a ganachakra.
We request everyone who has a connection with the body, speech or mind of the Sixteenth Karmapa to participate in this event regardless of where they are.
The Karmapa’s Office of Administration