Dhasa: The Indian government has refused Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to fulfill his plans of a two-week religious tour of the United States later this month, Times of India reported on Saturday. No reasons were cited as to why permission has been denied to 25 year old leader of the Karma Kagyu School, one of the four sects of Buddhism. After His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama he is the most respected leader amongst Tibetans.
"The Karmapa was scheduled to attend prayer sessions being organised by Karma Triyana Dharamchakra centre in Woodstock in New York that began yesterday (Wednesday), but Indian authorities refused to grant him permission to visit there," Gompa Tsering, Karmapa's secretary, has revealed.
Despite the purely religious nature of the tour, the Karmapa office in Gyoto Tantric Monastery, the temporary residence of Dorje, was informed by the Tibetan government-in-exile about Delhi's refusal to permit the foreign visit. The office of the Ministry of External Affairs has refused to comment.
Scheduled trips to Europe in May were also cancelled due to unforeseen refusal of permission from India, who cited that that the tour was too long, according to a Tibetan official.