High hopes of 17th Karmapa taking Rumtek monastery seat (The Statesman)
Thursday 12 June 2014
Statesman News Service
Gangtok, 11 June
The Joint Action Committee, Karmapa to Rumtek, today expressed hope that its dream for the Karmapa to occupy the Rumtek monastery seat may come true very soon, as Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling has “endorsed” the issue when he took it up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting in New Delhi.
“Our dream of Karmapa to Rumtek is going to turn into a reality soon, especially after the endorsement by the chief minister during his first meet with Narendra Modi,” said T Lachungpa, the spokesperson of the Joint Action Committee.
Addressing the Press here today, Mr Lachungpa said: “We express our gratitude to the chief minister for strongly endorsing the issue of Karma Ogyen Trinley Dorjee with the Prime Minister during his first meeting.”
Mr Chamling had apprised Mr Modi of the pending demands of the people of Sikkim and the state government’s granting of permission to the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to take his seat at Rumtek monastery.
“This initiative of the chief minister will definitely help us in witnessing our dream of ‘Karmapa to Rumtek’ come true,” Mr Lachungpa said.
“Karmapa to Rumtek, an organization will be leading a delegation to the Prime Minister and home minister in the near future to press the demand of granting the 17th Karmapa his seat at Rumtek Monastery,” he added.
“We have full trust in the state government that it will take all necessary steps to bring the Karmapa back to Rumtek,” he said.
The 17th Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, has been a subject of controversy following the death of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, in 1981.
Following the death of the 16th Karmapa, two candidates, Ogyen Trinley Dorjee and Trinley Thaye Dorjee have been put forward.
The central government has banned Ogyen Trinley Dorje's travel to Rumtek. He has been living at Gyuto monastery in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, since his escape to India on January 5, 2000.
He is the head of the Karma Kagyu sect with its headquarters in Rumtek in Sikkim.