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Sherpa Karmapa injured in attack, two arrested

Gngtok | Wednesday, Apr 29 2009 IST

Rimpoche Dawa Sangpo Dorjee, better known as the Sherpa Karmapa, was attacked and injured by miscreants at his residence-cum-monastery-- Norbu Yangdup Chholing Monastery-- at Diu Damthang in south Sikkim last night.

His assistant Pemba Sherpa also sustained multiple injuries all over his body and is stated to be in a critical condition.

His Holiness Dawa Sangpo Dorjee, has sustained injuries on his head and body while his assistant is in a more serious condition with multiple injuries Speaking to reporters from the Central Referral Hospital at 5th Mile here in Tadong, he claimed that the attack was 'premeditated'.

He alleged that five people had attacked him in connection with a statement he made to the media recently.

''It was around 2215 hrs some people knocked at the door. When my assistant went to open, about five people forcibly entered my residence and broke the door and assaulted me and my assistant. They hit us on the head and body with iron pipes and rods. They also abused us claiming that they were sent by some senior leaders of a political party,'' His Holiness Dawa Sangpo Dorjee said.

Superintendent of police (South) G Verma said two persons had been arrested while the hunt for three was on. He said a case had been registered at Temi police station. He has been claiming to be the rightful Karmapa, the head of the karma Kagyu sect when a dispute arose with three claimants to the throne after Orgyen Trinley Dorjee, who is recognised by most Buddhist and the Dalai Lama as the rightful Karmapa.

 

 His Holiness attacked, two arrested    
 

Gangtok Wednesday,Apr/29/2009  
 

His Holiness Dawa Sangpo Dorjee, better known as the Sherpa Karmapa, was attacked and injured by miscreants at his residence-cum-monastery-- Norbu Yangdup Chholing Monastery-- at Diu Damthang in south Sikkim last night.

His assistant Pemba Sherpa also sustained multiple injuries all over his body and is stated to be in a critical condition.

Mr Dorjee, has sustained injuries on his head and body while his assistant is in a more serious condition with multiple injuries Speaking to reporters from the Central Referral Hospital at 5th Mile here in Tadong, he claimed that the attack was 'premeditated'.

He alleged that five people had attacked him in connection with a statement he made to the media recently.

''It was around 2215 hrs some people knocked at the door. When my assistant went to open, about five people forcibly entered my residence and broke the door and assaulted me and my assistant. They hit us on the head and body with iron pipes and rods. They also abused us claiming that they were sent by some senior leaders of a political party,'' Mr Dorjee said.

Superintendent of police (South) G Verma said two persons had been arrested while the hunt for three was on. He said a case had been registered at Temi police station. He has been claiming to be the rightful Karmapa, the head of the karma Kagyu sect when a dispute arose with three claimants to the throne after Orgyen Trinley Dorjee, who is recognised by most Buddhist and the Dalai Lama as the rightful Karmapa.

 

 


Dawa Sangpo Dorjee unhappy over alleged 'politicization' of religion

 

Last Updated: April 12th, 2009 

Sikkim News (Namchi, Sikkim): Dawa Sangpo Dorjee, one of the claimants to the Karmapa throne today expressed his un-

happiness over the alleged politicization of religion and fragmentation of different communities in the State.

While addressing a press conference at Norbu Yangdup Chholing Monastery, Diu Damthang South Sikkim today, he said 

that the present socio religious development in the State deprives people from enjoying the benefit of unity and oneness which prevailed before.

"The politicization of religion will lead people to darkness converting the peaceful state of Sikkim into hell," he said.

Born in Mangan, North Sikkim, Dawa Sangpo Dorjee raised concern that religion was being dragged by political leaders

 for their vested interests.

He further said that the Sikkim Democratic Front has failed to keep religion free from politics.

"Thinking that the SDF party would help safeguard the secular rights of the people and guide the people into proper dharma

 path, I had helped the party in the first elections as well as in the second elections," he said. Dawa Sangpo Dorjee further said that the SDF

 party manifesto of 2004, which had clearly mentioned of bringing the true Karmapa to Rumtek has failed drastically. 

"If the election is conducted sincerely then SDF won't come back to power this time. Before ten days from the declaration of the election results, I will predict the results of the polls," he added.

  

to see the discrimination within the discriminated groups and the degree of the discrimination was different.

Doudou Diene, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, said the OHCHR was here to support the people of Nepal, and has been doing what the UN can do best.


Karmapa controversy : A third claimant emerges 2004

A third claimant has emerged to the title of Karmapa, giving a new twist to the incarnation controversy. Dawa Sangpo Dorje claims to be the real incarnation of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Buddhism. He has urged the other claimants to prove their credentials. Dorje, was born in 1977, five years before the death of the 16th Karmapa and this has led to accusations that his claim was false. But, the 25-year old Dorje's justification is that "he left his body in 1977 before his death in 1981." He said, here are two types of rebirth, Debetulku is rebirth after someone's death while Medetulku is rebirth before death. He said, he was reborn by the process of medetulku and was ready to prove his claim. Dorje was born in a poor Lepcha family. He claims his original name was Hisey Norbu, the same as that of the 16th Karmapa. He said, he was two when he announced his rebirth to Lachung Rinpoche, who is still alive. The earlier claimants are Ugyen Podul Trinley and Thaye Dorje Trinley. Trinley, a Tibetan who has already been pronounced as the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and whose claim has been accepted by the Dalai Lama. He had fled from Tibet to reach the Dalai Lama headquarters in Dharmsala. His claim was challenged by Rumtek Monastery regent, Shamar Rimpoche who claimed that Trinley had produced a fake prediction letter whereas the original was with him.


Third claiment for Rumtek Karmapa claims to be ''real heir''

Siliguri, July 8 (PTI) The controversy over the selection of Karmapa of the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim got a new twist when Sikkim-born 25-year-old Dawa Zangpo Sherpa claimed himself to be the ''real heir'' of the 17th reincarnated Karmapa. Sherpa is the third claimant for the crown after 17-year- old Tahye Thinley Dorje, propped by rebel Rumtek regent, and 15-year-old Ugen Thinley Dorje of Tibet, approved by Dalai Lama, staked their claims. Sherpa in a press conference yesterday challenged his two 'co-claimants' to a debate and performance of miracles at the Rumtek before the media. Explaining the ''perfromance of miracle'', Sherpa said that the genuineness of a claimant could be realised after wearing a ''black hat'' which would cut the head of a fake claimant and keep intact that of the genuine. Sherpa, who was denied entry to the Rumtek twice in 1998 and in December, last year, said that he was denied the privilege because he came from a very poor family. He warned that there would be widespread resentment and law and order problem if there was any attempt to bring Urgen Thinley Dorji from Dharmasala to Sikkim to be enthroned at Rumtek.

 

Dawa Sangpo claims to be 17th Karmapa  
        Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 28

Dawa Sangpo Dorje today staked his claim to be the real 17th incarnation of the the Gyalwa Karmapa —the chief of the Kagyu Sect of Buddhists.

Addressing a press conference here, he said he was locally-born and did not have the patronage from either of the camps. On the other hand, the other claimant, Ugen Thinlay from Tai Situ Rinpoche camp, who had fled Tibet recently and whose candidature had been recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is camping in Himachal. Similarly, Thaye Thinlay Dorje from the Shamar Rinpoche camp, is based in Delhi.

He said, "From the beginning of Karmapa lineage, there never had been three incarnations of Karmapa. Out of the three only, one is the real Karmapa to which I am staking my claim.

Claiming that he was confident of his power and that of his Sungma (protecting deity), he said several attempts had been made on his life. "I fear none and need no security unlike my counterparts," he quipped.

"Everyone knows that till the incarnation of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, there were never three incarnations of Karmapa at one time. Vices played their tricks to the 17th incarnation and now we have three incarnate Karmapas," he said while reiterating his claim as the real 17th incarnation.

 

Govt. intervention sought in Karmapa issue

By Our Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 28. Dawa Sangpo Dorje, who claims to be the `real' 17th incarnation of the Gyalwa Karmapa, has sought India's mediation in resolving the succession issue.

The Sikkim-born Dorje told mediapersons here today that the two other claimants, Ugen Thinley, who has been officially recognised as the Karmapa by the Dalai Lama and the Indian Government, and Thaye Thinley Dorje were not the `real' successors to the seat of Karmapa.

He urged the Government to convene a meeting of the claimants, including himself, so that they could prove their credentials.

``I have been crusading for long for my right but I have failed as I do not enjoy patronage.'' Those who could have helped him stake claim had been ``murdered,'' he said.

He ridiculed Ugen Thinley's claim that he had fled Chinese- occupied Tibet and hinted there was a `Chinese hand' which had arranged his `escape' to India. He said the Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa and having assets and property worth crores of rupees, was under the control of the Indian Government and the Intelligence Bureau.

He said he had written several letters and sought appointments with the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the Leader of the Opposition but to no avail. 


Karmapa vs Karmapa

Gangtok, Jan. 18: The Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantrik Party (SGP) and the third claimant to the Rumtek throne, Dawa Sangpo Dorje, also known as Sherpa Karmapa, have joined hands to oppose the entry of Orgyen Trinley Dorje to Sikkim.

The move comes in the wake of the demands of the monks in Sikkim that the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, be allowed to enter the state. One of the claimants to the Rumtek monastery, the original seat of the head of the Karma Kagyu sect, Orgyen Trinley Dorje is barred from entering Sikkim by the Indian government. Another claimant to the Rumtek seat is Trinley Thaye Dorje, recognised by Shamar Rimpoche and other lamas.

Sherpa Karmapa, who currently resides in Gangtok but is not allowed to enter Rumtek, said the claimant issue should be resolved once and for all and the "authentic Karmapa" enthroned. The true claimant, according to him, can be determined by "spiritual tests".

Explaining why he wants to enter Rumtek, Sherpa Karmapa said: "It is to free the devotees from darkness of ignorance and unite the Karma Kagyu sect, which has split as a result of politics."

G.M. Rai, the SGP president, said since the representative of the Sangha (the monks' body) in Sikkim was elected on political lines, the allegation that he was politicising religion does not hold true. He also said in Tibetan Buddhism, the religious head is.

 

 

Test of spiritual powers suggested        
 

Statesman News Service

GANGTOK, Jan. 18: Rimpoche Dawa Sangpo Dorje, one of the first claimants for the position of 17th Karmapa, has suggested that a test of spiritual powers be conducted by the authorities concerned to determine the "real" 17th Karmapa. 

"All persons who have claimed themselves as the 17th Karmapa be brought at one place by the Sikkim government and regulated agencies be given an opportunity to demonstrate their powers", Rimpoche Dorje said at a Press conference here today. 

The 30-year-old Rimpoche Dorje is from Mangan, North Sikkim, and belongs to Sherpa community. He said that he had first claimed himself as the 17th Karmapa in 1986 during his visit to the Rumtek monastery.

Rimpoche Dorje had also led two huge rallies to the Rumtek monastery, the throne of the 17th Karmapa, in 1988 and 2001, but was foiled. He had been putting forward his claim since then and had met the Union leaders also.

"On several occasions, I sought support from the state government. However, from the Bhandari regime to the present SDF government, I have received no support", he said.

"The test of spiritual powers to determine the real 17th Karmapa should be between Uygen Thinley Dorje, Tinley Thai Dorje, myself and other claimants", Rimpoche Dorje, said.

Ugyen Thinley Dorje, it may be recalled, was hailed as the 17th Karmapa in the country by many but the Centre has so far remained silent over the recognition.

Ugyen Thinley Dorje had so far not been allowed by the Centre to visit Sikkim and monk bodies in the state had been demanding that he be allowed to come to Sikkim. The state government had also been pleading the Centre in this matter. Recently, the monk bodies met the chief minister, requesting him to take up the matter with the Centre.

However, Sikkim Gorkha Democratic Party (SGDP), a regional outfit, has demanded that the state government must not allow Ugyen Thinley Dorje to enter Sikkim until the real 17th Karmapa is identified.

"A ban on Uygen Thinley Dorje be imposed by the state government until the real 17th Karmapa is identified", said GM Rai, president of the SGDP.

"Rimpoche Dorje had requested us for help to highlight his cause. Since he represents the Gorkha community, it is our duty to come forward in his support, Mr Rai, said. 

Supporting the demands of Rimpoche Dorje, Mr Rai said no other claimants had ever made such suggestions. He added that the SGDP would not tolerate the discrimination of Sherpa community and accused the state government of suppressing the Sherpa community claimant to protect the Bhutia and Lepchas communities.

The SGDP has also pledged to make Rimpoche Dorje's claim a national issue.


Karmapa controversy hots up

Siliguri, Tuesday, December 02, 2003 (Sify) - The controversy surrounding the Rumtek monastery has deepened with a youth claiming that he is the "realincarnate" of the 16th Karmapa.

Dawa Sangpo Dorje has requested Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to allow him to prove his "supernatural power", along with two other claimnants for the throne of the Dharma Chakra centre, the headquarters of the Kagupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

 

"I'm the real Karmapa and if the Gelupa sect head, the Dalai Lama, has recognised Tibet-born Ugyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th incarnate, the former should allow him to show his supernatural power with two other claimants to prove who is the real incarnate of the 16th Karmapa", the 27-year-old told a news conference on Sunday evening.

While Ugyen Trinley Dorje was recognised by two Rumtek's regents - Tai Situ  Rimpoche and Gyaltsab Rimpoche - in 1992 and approved by the Dalai Lama,another regent Shamar Rimpoche of Rumtek defied this and projected Thinley Tai Dorje of Kalingpong Monastery as the real inheritor of Rumtek.

 

However, the youth from Sikkim has now added a new dimension to the  controversy. Sangpo Dorje was born in Mangan in north Sikkim in 1977 and is now residing in Damthang in South Sikkim.

 

Karmapa issue: HC notice to Dalai Lama         

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notices to the Dalai Lama, the 17th Karmapa, ministry of external affairs and ministry of home affairs on a petition challenging the validity of the appointment of the Karmapa. Justice R C Chopra issued the notices after hearing Shree Narayan Singh of the Kaarma Kagyu sect of Buddhism who requested the court to restrain the Lama from interfering in the religious affairs of his sect. Singh claimed Dalai Lama was the head of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The next date of hearing in the matter has been scheduled for January 21, 2004. According to Singh's advocate Surat Singh, Dalai Lama had certified that the 17th Karmapa was a 15-year-old minor when he crossed over to India and reached Dharmshala in January 2000. It was, however, contradicted by a team of doctors of PGI Chandigarh. Singh has claimed in his petition that Dr S K Sharma, who conducted extensive medical tests on the Karmapa for nearly three weeks in April 2000, concluded that he was an adult between 24 and 26 years of age. The petitioner has sought expulsion of the 17th Karmapa in the interest of national security. Singh has accused him of being a part of a Chinese "gameplan" to secede Sikkim from India. China has recognised the present 17th Karmapa


H.H. 17th Karmapa arrives in city, by Robin Giri (Himalayan Times, 11/06/2003)

www.thehimalayantimes.com could not provide anymore the article under archieved articles online concerning the Long Life Iniziation held in Kathmandu at the Sherpa Service Center in 2003 where over fourthousands devotees took part of the Ceremony.


Emergence of another Karmapa

 

Even before claims and counter-claims between two Tibetan monks on the Karmapa issue could be amicably settled, a third monk, this time from Sikkim, has laid claim to being the 17th reincarnation of Karmapa or the spiritual head of the Tibetan Kagyu sect. Speaking in Chandigarh on June 28, Dawa Tsangpo Dorje, a 25-year old Sikkimese monk, accused the Dalai Lama, who has extended his patronage to Orgyen Trinley Dorje, who escaped from Tibet last year, of being biased towards Tibetans, he said the Dalai Lama would never agree to recognize "a poor Sikkimese boy like me" as Karmapa. He accused the Dalai Lama, Trinley Dorje's mentor Situ Rimpoche and certain Sikkimese politicians like Nar Bahadur Bhandari of "conspiring to enthrone Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa and to lay their hands of the untold wealth and assets of the Kagyu sect". He also charged that "Situ Rimpoche is hand-in-glove with the Chinese and part of a larger conspiracy to emerge as the political head of a more autonomous Tibet in exchange for parting with control over Kagyu assets". Dawa Tsangpo explained that this would become possible because no further reincarnations of the Dalai Lama had been ordained. He sought government of India's intervention in resolving the succession issue. However, the Tibetan Government-in-exile, which supports Orgyen Trinley Dorje has termed as baseless the claim of Dawa Tsangpo Dorje as the genuine Karmapa. In a statement, it said being the spiritual head of the Tibetans, it was the choice of the Dalai Lama that the people would accept.

Ever since the arrival of the 17th karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, from Tibet in January last year there have been two other claimants for being the head of the Karma kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. One is Thaye Dorje, who is being backed by a senior regent, Shamarpa Rimpoche, and the latest claimant Dawa Sangpo Dorje. In view of the dispute between the two rival Karmapa's the Government of India has repeated requests from Trinley Dorje and the Dalai Lama to allow him to go to the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the Seat of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Trinley Dorje celebrated his 17th birthday at Gyuto Tantrik Monastery on June 28 because he has not been allowed to even go to the Sherabling Monastery, also in Himachal Pradesh.

 

 

3rd monk lays claim to Rumtek     monastery    throne   

Monday, July 8 2002 20:31 Hrs (IST)

Siliguri: The controversy over the choice of Karmapa of the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim got a new twist when Sikkim-born 25-year-old Dawa Zangpo Sherpa claimed himself to be the ''real heir'' of the 17th reincarnated Karmapa. 

Sherpa is the third claimant for the crown after 17-year-old Tahye Thinley Dorje, propped by rebel Rumtek regent, and 15-year-old Ugen Thinley Dorje of Tibet, approved by Dalai Lama, staked their claims. 

Sherpa in a press conference on July 7 challenged his two "co-claimants" to a debate and performance of miracles at the Rumtek before the media. 

Explaining the ''performance of miracle'', Sherpa said that the genuineness of a claimant could be realised after wearing a ''black hat'' which would cut the head of a fake claimant and keep in tact that of the genuine. 

Sherpa, who was denied entry to the Rumtek twice in 1998 and in December, last year, said that he was denied the privilege because he came from a very poor family. 

He warned that there would be widespread resentment and law and order problem if there was any attempt to bring Urgen Thinley Dorji from Dharmasala to Sikkim to be enthroned at Rumtek.