No one is a born terrorist: Karmapa(Times of India)

,TNN | Jan 3, 2014, 01.47 AM IST

GAYA: Ugyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two claimants to the influential spiritual position of Karmapa, next only to the Dalai Lama, the supreme spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, on Thursday said terrorists are not born.

"They are the creations of living environment and it is the responsibility of the religious leaders to create a healthy situation and guide people in such a way that terrorism becomes a thing of the past and people live in peace and harmony," the Karmapa said. He made the observation during a formal interaction with mediapersons in his Tregar monastery. He was responding to questions regarding the terrorist attack on the world famous Mahabodhi temple in July, 2013.

In another important observation, the Karmapa said he firmly endorsed India's stand on its long standing border dispute with China. The former fugitive from the China occupied Tibet now based in Dharamshala (HP) enjoying political asylum, minced no words in supporting India's stand on the highly controversial Indo-China border dispute.

Justifying his decision to shift the proposed mega prayer venue from the Buddha shrine to his own monastery, Karmapa offered two explanations for moving away from the main shrine and conducting mega peace prayers away from the seat of Buddha's enlightenment. The spiritual leader has invited criticism for showing perceived disrespect to the shrine for conducting an important prayer elsewhere in the holy township.

A few years back, the Karmapa caused ripples by making a 'booted' entry into the shrine in violation of the official ban on footwear inside the Buddha temple.

According to Karmapa, the number of prayer participants being very high, it was not advisable to hold the prayer inside the shrine as too many simultaneous footfalls offer danger to the old shrine.

Moreover, in view of the tightened security measures following the July, 2013, terrorist attack, quite a few of the prayer participants do not feel at ease and as such, it was decided to hold the weeklong prayers away from the main shrine. "Some of the rituals will be conducted in the main shrine," said Karmapa.

Karmapa also offered all help to the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee in its efforts to build a super speciality hospital at Bodh Gaya for the benefit of the local population as well as numerous visitors to the seat of Buddha's enlightenment.


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