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Karmapa defends Dalai Lama

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee rejects the Chinese allegation that the Dalai Lama was behind the recent unrest in Tibet, reports Gaurav Bisht.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2008 11:35 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has totally rejected the Chinese allegation that the Dalai Lama was behind the recent unrest in Tibet.

In an exclusive interview to HT, the 22-year-old who heads the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, added that he wanted to visit the US simply to fulfill a deep-seated yearning to see that country.

“The idea that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has somehow instigated a well-orchestrated agitation just to create disturbances before the Olympic Games in Beijing is not correct,” the Karmapa said, breaking his silence for the first time on the issue. He is generally regarded as the third most important Tibetan spiritual leader — after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama.

The Karmapa, who has been living at the Gyoto Tantric Monastery in Dharamsala ever since his dramatic escape from China eight years ago, appreciated the world community’s support for Tibet. “China is big country,” he said, “but it is presently full of disparities. I hope the Olympic Games being held there will contribute to bringing more freedom, prosperity and development for all sections of its people”.

“This is the second time I have appealed to the Indian government to allow me to go to America,” he said. “My predecessor had set up many institutes there and I am keen to go and see them.”