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India denies Karmapa permission to visit Europe

india Updated: May 02, 2010 19:46 IST
Gaurav Bisht

The 17th Karmapa's Ogyen Trinley Dorje's scheduled tour to European countries has hit a roadblock, after the Indian government denied him permission to go abroad.

Ogyen Trinley Dorje heads the powerful Karma Kagyu Sect of the Tibetan Buddhism, which has considerable following amongst Chinese and Tibetans. The 17th Karmapa was scheduled to make five week long tour to nine European countries.

The Karmapa was slated to visit Germany Switzerland, Denmark, Poland, France, England, Belgium, Spain, Scotland and the Netherlands. Karmapa's Dharma tour was to begin from - May 27 till July 2.

Karmapa's aides told the Hindustan Times that they have received information from the Tibetan government in exile about Indian government's refusal to provide permission for Karmapa's foreign travel.

"We have got information that Indian government had denied permission but there is no specific reason ascribed for denial of permission," confirmed Lama Phuntsok, Director Information at Karmapa's private Office in Gyoto Tantric Monastery.

The cancellation of Karmapas foreign tours has bewildered his followers and aides managing his affairs.

"The process has begun to find out why this visit was not possible and what positive conditions are needed to make the visit possible in near future," said Lama Phuntsok.

"I hope that this is merely a temporary setback and that I will definitely be able to visit Europe in the near future." Remembering this, we urge all to remain calm and collected," said Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in a massage posted to his followers.

Though Indian government had not given any specific reason for denial of permission, but sources said reportedly Karmapa's tour program was too long.

Ugyen Trinley Dorje is considered the reincarnate of 16th Karmapa Rungjan Rigpe Dorje made a dramatic escape from his seat in Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet in 2000 taking the Indian security agencies by surprise.

Since his escape, Karmapa has been living temporary home in Gyoto Tantric Monastery, under the watchful eyes of security agencies.

Dorje is also known as the black hat Lama, his selection as Karmapa had courted controversy since Shamar rinpoche the second higest rankinbg monk of Karma Kagyu sect recognized Thaye Dorje as the reincarnate of 16th Karmapa.

Since his escape to India, the 25 year old Karmapa made his maiden visit abroad , following intervention of American government. Karmapa had than visited Woodstock, which is considered the seat of 16th Karmapa Rugjun Rigpe Dorje.

Karma on many occasion has expressed desire to visit Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, highest seat of Karma Kagyu in India. But due to controversy between the two groups of Karma Kagyu, Dorje is not allowed to visit Rumtek.