Truth will Prevail, Gyalwang Karmapa assures devotees
[Friday, 4 February 2011, 12:15 p.m.]
His Eminence the 17th Karmapa greets devotees, including a large gathering of
Tibetans, at Gyuto Monastery at Sidhbari near Dharamsala, India, on 2 February 2011.
The ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO
DHARAMSHALA: His Eminence the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, addressed a large gathering of Tibetans who visited him at his monastery to express their support and solidarity on Wednesday (2 February). The deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile along with a group of Tibetan MPs also met Gyalwang Karmapa on the occasion.
In his address, Gyalwang Karmapa said: “Today, so many people have gathered to show their love, sincere intentions and support, and I want to especially thank you and express my heartfelt gratitude. We are now facing such a situation, which has arisen due to misunderstandings and mistakes, that it has even caused concern to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
“India has become a second homeland to Tibetans. We all have taken refuge and settled here. India, in contrast to communist China, is a free country, a democratic country that is based on the rule of law. Therefore I trust that things will improve and the truth will become clear in time. So please be at ease. There is no need to worry,” he said.
“You have all borne hardship to come here under this hot sun, and I thank you for that too. It seems there are too many people here today to receive you individually. You can see me from there and I can see you, so perhaps there is no need to give individual blessings,” he added.
“Since the investigation began, Gyalwang Karmapa has continued to receive visitors and participate in a major annual ritual cycle taking place, while also offering his full co-operation to the investigation,” the Karmapa’s administration said in a statement.
In a separate statement issued on Tuesday, Gyalwang Karmapa’s administration refuted the allegations being levelled against the Karmapa and his administration as “grossly speculative and without any foundation in the truth whatsoever”.
“We can confirm that under 5 Crores (USD 1 million) was taken by the authorities from the monastery. This sum represents unsolicited donations that have been made by the followers of Gyalwang Karmapa from around the world to enable the substantial social and spiritual programmes of the Karma Kagyu order. Our administration has sought to acquire clearance since 2002 to deposit cash donations under the Foreign Currencies Regulation Act of India. Until the necessary permissions are granted, the monastery diligently recorded and stored the currency on its own premises. We are currently in the process of providing this evidence to the authorities,” the statement said.
“As for the Chinese currency, we would like to stress that Gyalwang Karmapa has a large and devoted following of Tibetans from Tibet and of Buddhists from the Chinese mainland who make offerings in the Yuan. The Yuan found constitutes less than 10% of the cash in question, which included currency from over 20 countries. Moreover, the Yuan seized by police include notes ranging from 1 Yuan to larger denominations, clearly indicating that they come from multiple, individual sources,” the statement noted.
“Regarding allegations of improper land deals, Gyalwang Karmapa has been hosted in a temporary residence in Dharamsala since 2000. As the premises belong to another Tibetan Buddhist order, the Karmae Garchen Trust has sought to purchase land and build a new residence and monastery since 2007. When the trust identified suitable land in 2010, it informed the office of the District Collector of Dharamsala and sought their approval to proceed with the purchase. The application was accompanied by a strong letter of support from the Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The trust obtained both an ‘essentiality certificate’ and a ‘no-objection certificate’ from the Town and Country Planning Department of the Himachal Pradesh Government, indicating state government approval to proceed with the plans for purchase,” it added.
On 31 January, the home minister of India, P Chidambaram, stated: “Investigations are underway in Karmapa case. No conclusion drawn whether he is a Chinese agent or not.”
Responding to the media queries on the issue, His Holiness the Dalai Lama had said “Karmapa is one of important spiritual leader and naturally people from different parts of the world, including many Chinese, even from the Mainland China, come to seek blessing from him and as usual offer money. There are devotees, including Chinese from the Mainland and some Chinese businessmen, are among his devotees. So naturally some money from them are received by him. I think he (Karmapa) should create some kind of trust so that all these donations can be put in the trust.”