Sikkim Asks GoI to Facilitate 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (NorthEast Today)


By NorthEastToday


Both the treasury and opposition bench in the Sikkim assembly stood united as a resolution seeking Buddhist Guru Gyalwa Karmapa to Sikkim was adopted by the house, the last day of the budget session.

The Sikkim Legislative assembly has adopted a private member's resolution requesting the Government of India to facilitate the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorjee to Rumtek monastery. The resolution was adopted by the house after it was moved for consideration by SDF MLA Bek Bahadur Rai and Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama. The resolution was supported by the SKM MLAs expressing their gratitude for bringing out the resolution hoped that Karmapa will be facilitated to the Rumtek Monastery at the earliest. The centre has placed a ban on seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's travel to Sikkim following several controversies.

He has been living at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh since his escape to India in January 2000. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism with its headquarters at richest Rumtek monastery. Since the death of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1981, the Rumtek monastery has been without a head because of multiple claimants to the top seat. CM Pawan Chamling had also raised the issue during his meeting with the PM earlier this month. His government has submitted at least 16 representations to the centre regarding the Karmapa to Sikkim demand.



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