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Winds of Change, by Naomi Levine,

published on Jul 14, 2011, Elephant Journal
 

The Dalai Lama and the Karmapa at the Kalachakra in Washington DC

When the Dalai Lama made his entrance, the Karmapa walked forward, and the two bowed gently towards each other in a Tibetan gesture of mutual respect and affection. The symbolic image of these two great Tibetan spiritual leaders on a world stage, with the Washington Monument behind them and the U.S. Capitol in front, may have been lost on those unaware of Tibetan politics.

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How a blundering shoot-first-think-later accusation by Indian authorities nearly made an enemy of a very influential Tibetan
 

No Sting in the Monk’s Tale, by Hartosh Singh

Open Magazine, April 7th 2011
 
 

When I was leaving Tibet, you must appreciate I was leaving everything behind… India was the land of the Buddha, a place where wishes were fulfilled. I told the people who came with me, as we turned to India, that even if we are caught and killed after taking just three steps towards India I would not have an iota of remorse, that was the amount of faith and hope and affection I had for India. After 11 years here this should now be clear. Yet such an unwarranted accusation has been a source of tremendous hurt, it is difficult to forget it in my lifetime.

Words of dismay, but understandably so. For any Tibetan to be called a Chinese spy would always be a source of consternation, but the young man speaking at the press conference in Delhi was no ordinary Tibetan. On any other day his anguish would have made headlines, but it was also the day Osama’s death became public. In the ensuing frenzy, the story of the quiet withdrawal of a bizarre charge has not received the attention it deserves.

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It’s like I should be thanking the earth and sky.
HH Karmapa, Sarnath 2011

In the famous cave paintings at Ajanta there are frescoes of street scenes in India during the Buddha’s time: courtesans, beggars, kings, romantic couples, animals. There is a sensuality about these scenes completely different to the idealism of Tibetan tangkha paintings. Not even the famous bodhisattva Padmapani is sitting on a white fluffy cloud. Thousands of years ago the Buddha was out on the streets with the ordinary people of his time, sharing the human condition in all its colourful display. In a memorable close up he is standing next to his wife and son. The image is striking because the Buddha is shown as a gigantic figure next to two very tiny people. He walks the earth like everyone else but his spiritual greatness makes him tower above everyone.

The teachings in Sarnath reminded me of these paintings. The Karmapa was admittedly not in top form for the first day. It seemed like the vicious attacks from the press had naturally affected his spirits. “On the first day I felt like I was talking in my sleep”, he admitted. “So I didn’t feel like I taught you the dharma. But maybe I should thank time. It’s the kindness of time that it always changes. We had four days and so I would like thank time for continuing to change.

As the days moved along, the teachings started to come out through the engagement of the listeners. The first question was about maintaining equanimity in the face of lies and adversity:

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Actor Kabir Bedi takes the Indian establishment to task over the Karmapa incident.
 

The Karmapa is an icon, he deserves more respect, by Kabir Bedi

Times of India, Feb 27th 2011
 
 

Almost everyone knows of the Dalai Lama. But not many Indians had heard of the Karmapa Lama before he made news recently, after being accused of having Rs 7.5 crore in foreign currencies, attempting benami land deals near Dharamshala and, worst of all, being a Chinese spy. So why are the Tibetan refugees themselves so angered by these accusations? Tenzin Tsundue, a leading Tibetan activist, says, “This country that we are so grateful to is alleging the Karmapa is a spy for China. And we can’t understand that at all.” Many question the motives of the Indian intelligence agencies in leaking this allegation against the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, ever since he came to India as a refugee in 2000.

Who exactly is the Karmapa? In a word, after the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa is the most important Tibetan Buddhist leader today. In Christian terms, the Karmapa would be like the Archbishop of Canterbury or the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, second only to the Pope. But the over-500 Kagyu centres of the Karmapa across the world vastly outnumber the Dalai Lama’s Gelug centres —most impressive for a 25-year-old who left Tibet barely 11 years ago.


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Recapitulating the facts and asking for the proper next step
 

India must apologise to the Karmapa Lama,
by Shobhan Saxena, Editor of Sunday Times of India

Times of India, Feb 18th 2011
 
 

New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Ugyen Trinely Dorji has been given a clean chit on accusation of being a China spy.

A probe was initiated against the spiritual leader after huge amount of foreign currencies were recovered from his premises.

Foreign currency belonging to 25 countries, including China, was recovered by the police from the premises of the Karmapa-backed trust and some of the trustees in the raids that followed recovery of Rs 1 crore from two persons on January 25 last, allegedly drawn from a bank at Majnoo-ka-Tila in Delhi for a land deal.

Government source said that the money had come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees and a clean chit has been given to Karmapa.


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And the caravans move on …
 

Karmapa is not a China spy, clarifies Centre

IBN Live, Feb 17th 2011
 
 

New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Ugyen Trinely Dorji has been given a clean chit on accusation of being a China spy.

A probe was initiated against the spiritual leader after huge amount of foreign currencies were recovered from his premises.

Foreign currency belonging to 25 countries, including China, was recovered by the police from the premises of the Karmapa-backed trust and some of the trustees in the raids that followed recovery of Rs 1 crore from two persons on January 25 last, allegedly drawn from a bank at Majnoo-ka-Tila in Delhi for a land deal.

Government source said that the money had come in the form of donations and offerings by devotees and a clean chit has been given to Karmapa.


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Asking the larger questions
 

Would we ever blame ourselves for the Tibetan crisis!,
by Satyakam Bharti

Himvani, Feb 12th 2011
 
 

So the Himachal Pradesh government continues with its flip-flop on the Karmapa issue with the state chief secretary making a formal announcement declaring that the “state government trusts him fully” a day earlier, and then the Chief Minister himself contradicting her by saying that “there is no question of giving clean chit to anybody”. A couple of days earlier the state police had made every effort to vilify the religious leader and the state political big-wigs had fought a most unlikely war of words over the issue. While the whole debate over Himachali interests being compromised through benami land deals by Tibetans was waiting far an appropriate trigger, which happened to be recovery of unaccounted cash from Karmapa’s staff, the way the political establishment and the administrative machinery have conducted themselves over the last fortnight only reflects our own naiveté.


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Truth prevails
 

Indian authorities clear Buddhist leader in probe

Washington Post, Feb 11th 2011
 
 

Indian authorities on Friday cleared Tibetan Buddhism’s third most important leader in a probe into $1.35 million in cash discovered last month at his headquarters in northern India, a news report said.

Rajwant Sandhu, the top civil servant in Himachal Pradesh state, said the money found during a raid on the Karmapa’s monastery had been donated by his followers, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.


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The big picture about the agenda of the Indian press by one of the most respected journalists in India.
 

Slandering Karmapa, by Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Deccan Herald, Feb 9th 2011
 

Karmapa’s office may be guilty of financial mishandling, but to accuse him of being China’s agent is unethical.

What intrigues me about the controversy over the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is whether home ministry officials suspect him of being a Chinese agent or of financial improprieties. It would be dishonest and dangerous if they are using the latter to imply the former so that he can be replaced by their favourite who is a rival candidate for the title. That trivialises national security to serve a private purpose.


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