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  • Dalai Lama Prevented Attending Function | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    could not come to term with the disappointment caused to his invitees by the absence of the Dalai Lama at the function I will deal in my own peculiar way with the person whose corrupt and foolish wisecrack is responsible for preventing His Holiness the Dalai Lama from attending the prayer meeting the noted lawyer said We have not yet identified him but be sure when we identify him I

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  • Indian Buddhists Want To Bar Dalai Lama | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Lama and other Tibetan spiritual leaders in the festival as they want to limit their influence in India observers say They seek instead to assert their own control over local Buddhist shrines and religious festivals If the Dalai Lama and Karmapa Urgen Thinley Dorji showed resistance to attend the Kalchakra Puja here they themselves will be solely responsible for the threat to the life and properties of participating monks and guests the Federation said in a statement That neither the Dalai Lama nor Karmapa a prominent Tibetan Buddhist have publicly condemned the demolition of Lord Buddha s statues by the Taliban in Bamiyan Afghanistan has also done little to endear the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader to the Federation The Kalchakra Puja a festival of Tibetan rituals is one of the largest gatherings of Buddhist monks and devotees that draws thousands of participants from around the world Undeterred the Dalai Lama has already confirmed he would attend the ten day Kalchakra Puja Bodhgaya s commissioner HC Serohi told AFP that tight security would be deployed around the area for the festival We have requisitioned special forces and have also decided to involve non governmental groups in ensuring high security he said

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  • Monks Demand Dalai Lama's Deportation | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    The Tibetan leader s deportation he argued could improve Sino Indian relations India gave the Dalai Lama political asylum in 1959 after the Chinese entered Tibet He has since been based in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh and runs the Tibetan government in exile from there Anand who is based in Buddhism s birthplace Bodh Gaya told IANS on the telephone The Dalai Lama s stay is against the interest of India as he is involved in activities harming the country The Dalai Lama is causing harm to the Buddhists as well as Tibetans and Indians This is not the first time Anand has targeted the Dalai Lama and Karmapa A few months ago he alleged that the Dalai Lama was involved in anti India activities and was harming this country s image Monks led by Anand had staged a daylong demonstration Sunday in Gaya demanding the immediate deportation of the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa Their memorandum alleged the Karmapa and his mentor the Dalai Lama were misusing India s hospitality Anand claimed that two years ago the Karmapa had hurt the sentiments of millions of Buddhists across the world by entering the Mahabodhi temple which

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  • Indians Responsible For Suffering | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    not like that To me it seems that the Tibetan struggle is more like a pilgrimage I am not confronting the Chinese people but the government and Western multinational corporations whose views are rooted in ignorance and greed It s not that all Chinese are bad and enemies to the Tibetans It s a struggle rooted in a spiritual consciousness It s a struggle about truth and justice Policies are very relative terms they just pass away with time Q But Western governments and even Thailand won t discuss the Tibetan issue when meeting their Chinese counterparts A Even the Indian government won t officially bring up the issue But I feel our efforts are not to change the government s policies Our task is to transform the view of the common man Q What do you think of Tibetan youths who are increasingly calling for armed struggle as they are disenchanted with the Dalai Lama A Some Tibetan youths are critical of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but they are sincere I personally feel that if violence is used in the short term it will work but in the long term it will create disharmony because there s no genuine reconciliation Looking at it in a spiritual way patience is a very important aspect of spiritual struggle The most important thing is that if the cause is based on truth and justice non violence is the only path Q Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch was once quoted in Vanity Fair magazine as saying that the Dalai Lama is a very political monk running amok in Gucci slippers How do you respond A I have tremendous respect devotion to and admiration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama I think the question of Gucci shoes would not arise if Rupert Murdoch had

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  • India Likely To Allow 17th Karmapa | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    to comment on whether the request was for a political asylum the Dalai Lama said the Karmapa wants to be permitted to remain in India like thousands of Tibetan students and monks who stay in the country to pursue studies The Dalai Lama sought to play down the political implications of refugee status saying the Karmapa simply wants to study He said there was little opportunity to do that in Chinese controlled Tibet The Karmapa spiritual leader of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and considered the No 3 leader of Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama fled from China in late December last year The Dalai Lama said the Karmapa issue has become too politicized and has led to problems India has been silent on granting political asylum to the 14 year old Karmapa saying there had been no formal request In reply to another query on whether the teenager will take his seat in Rumtek a village in India s northeastern state Sikkim the Dalai Lama said ideally the Karmapa as head of the Kagyu sect should occupy the throne However the Dalai Lama admitted there are technical problems preventing the Karmapa from occupying the seat But he refused to elaborate on the obstacles saying they are issues to be dealt with by the central and state governments If the Karmapa is allowed to stay in India he may eventually settle in Rumtek The 16th Karmapa who fled Tibet in 1959 built a lavish monastery near the Sikkim capital Gangtok There are other claimants to the throne of one of the oldest branches of Tibetan Buddhism and the accession issue led to violence among supporters of various factions in Sikkim more than two years ago The Dalai Lama denied the 17th Karmapa will succeed

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  • Tallest Buddha Mindblowing | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    early development work is being done by staff at the Casting Development Centre CDC research laboratories in Sheffield England One problem they will have to solve is the optimum thickness of the plates Each millimetre adds 2 35 million Cdn to the bill already estimated in the hundreds of millions The engineers will also have to calculate how to deal with extreme temperature variations between the midday heat and the chill of night The statue will expand and contract up to a third of a metre each day Steve Oxley CDC s project development manager said We have tackled anything and everything all around the world but this has captured everyone s imagination The scale of the project and the logistics are just mind blowing The statue will be a modern day wonder of the world three times higher than the Statue of Liberty It will be seated on a throne 17 storeys high housing a huge temple with the feet resting on a lotus touching the earth and forming the entrance There are many factors to be worked out In the rainy season water must flow off in a controlled fashion Standing water could lead to corrosion while a high flow rate could lead to erosion It is going to be quite a challenge The skills to produce the panels exist in this country but then we face the cost of transport If we did decide that building a foundry in India was the answer we would help to build it and train the workforce The new Buddha was a dream of the late Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Thubten Yeshe who died in 1984 after establishing a worldwide network of Buddhist centres It was taken up by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche a Buddhist master and the spiritual director of

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  • Sikkim Wants Centre To Resolve Karmapa Issue | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    Tibetan Buddhism since the 16th Karmapa fled the Tsurphu monastery in Lasha in 1960 to avoid Communist China s repression and made Rumtek his supreme religious centre in exile The 16th Karmapa died in 1981 and the eight year old shepherd boy Ugyen Thinley was identified as his reincarnation since 1992 The Tibetan Buddhist temporal head the Dalai Lama and two other heads of Buddhist sects also recognised Ugyen Thinley

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  • A Monk's Passage | Friends of Tibet (INDIA) Data-Base
    was quoted by China s Tibet as saying he had received an education in patriotism and that he would follow the instructions of Jiang and work hard for the unification of the motherland and national unity At the same meeting a Chinese official was quoted as saying that the healthy growth and progress of the Karmapa will have great impact on the development and stability of Tibet All this has an indirect bearing on India s current circumspection In fact a Kagyu sect regent Shamarpa Rimpoche has directly alleged that the boy is a Chinese stooge sent by Beijing to retrieve the Black Hat the sect s central ecclesiastical It s also suggested that the Karmapa should look to the West for political asylum and spare India the blushes Iicon that sits in Sikkim s Rumtek monastery and other spiritual symbols belonging to the 16th Karmapa and to undermine the support for the Dalai Lama Shamarpa one of the four regents responsible for identifying the Karmapa claims that another boy based in Kalimpong Thinley Dorje is the real Karmapa Only two of the four Sikkim based regents recognise Ugyen Trinley Despite what it may believe there are signs that India might be giving in to Chinese pressure When minister of state Ajit Panja says on TV that no security has been given to the Karmapa because he has only come for a black hat and musical instruments India is just repeating what China is saying We don t know for sure why the boy has come so why would India asks a member of the Dalai Lama s Bureau It doesn t help that the Tibetans in Dharamshala themselves are baffled and divided over the entire issue While the younger and more militant members of the community are clear that the Karmapa should stay back to protest the religious suppression by the Chinese in Tibet those sharing the government in exile s views advocate a cautious approach Aware that there are different claimants for the Karmapa s post they are leaving the final decision to the Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama is the biggest leader of them all they emphasise And he has welcomed the Karmapa The Dalai Lama though conveniently critics would say has gone into a spiritual retreat He will remain silent till March when his retreat ends All that Tibet s religion and culture minister in exile Tashi Wangdi would say is It is for the Karmapa to decide where he wants to stay We will help him in anything he chooses to do It is a difficult decision for the teenaged Karmapa to make His maternal uncle Namgyal Gonpo is worried about the pressure being put on his nephew He suggests that if the Karmapa is to stay back he should do so on a student s visa and forget political asylum That is because Gonpo believes the Karmapa should aim at an eventual return to Tibet at most staying back in India for education Otherwise

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