Ogyen Trinley Dorje headed for Rumtek Monastery? - Hindustan Times


DHARAMSHALA: If a recent notification by the Sikkim government is anything to go by, Ogyen Trinley Dorje would finally visit Rumtek Monastery, the seat of Karmapa, the head of Karma Kagyu sect located in north-eastern Himalayan state of India.

In exercise of the power conferred by Section 3(1) of the Sikkim State Public Services Act, 2006, the Pawan Chamling government has appointed Acharya Tshering Lama as the chairman of the ecclesiastical affairs department to welcome Ogyen Dorje, one of the three claimants to claimants to the title of 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, in Sikkim and seat him at Rumtek.

The circular also mentions that the young head of Karma Kagyu tradition be accorded a cabinet rank reception.

Interestingly, the notification overrides the Central government’s order banning any of the three claimants Ogyen Trinely Dorje, Trinely Thaye Dorje and and Dawa Sangpo Dorje.

While Ogyen Dorje lives in Dharamshala, Thaye Dorje resides in New Delhi while Sangpo Dorje in Nepal.

The visit of Ogyen Dorje, speculated to occur in the first week of August for a Buddhist congregation, is also likely to fuel the two-decade old controversy over succession to the leadership of the Karma Kagyu sect- one of the four major schools in Tibetan Buddhism and the richest. The 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje died in 1981, and the controversy over his successor that has raged ever since, also epitomises a struggle for control of assets of Kagyu sect including vajra mukut, a sapphire-studded black crown, housed in the Rumtek.

Matters came to a head in January when Ogyen Trinely, who was installed by the Chinese government at Trushup monastery in Tibet, staged a stunning escape to India.

This started the tussle over the control of the Kagyupa, or the Black Hat between the factions supporting Ogyen Dorje and Thaye Dorje.

On December 9, 2001, the situation reached boiling point when Dawa Sangpo, the third claimant’s attempts to enter Rumtek were thwarted by the Sikkim government.

Since, then, the Sikkim government has written several times and passed resolutions requesting the Centre to allow Dorje to claim the Karmapa throne as its rightful owner

However, not all are ready to believe the fresh move by the Sikkim government.

“This seems yet another attempt to trick the monastic community,” said Sonam Lama, MLA from Sangha seat in Sikkim, India’s only assembly constituency that has no territorial boundaries and is reserved for the Buddhist clergy with only monks and nuns as the electorate. Sonam has been spearheading a campaign requesting the Centre to allow Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim. “In past over 17 years, the government has made such promises many times and failed them. Nothing concrete has been done to bring His Holiness to Sikkim,” Sonam told Hindustan over phone.


  1. All the very best . The truth will be honoured


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