'Allegations Against Gyalwang Karmapa and Administration Baseless'
DHARAMSHALA: The Karmapa Office has categorically refuted the allegations levelled against the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and his administration following the police investigation at Gyuto monastery in Dharamsala.
"We would like to categorically state that the allegations being levelled against the Karmapa and his administration are grossly speculative and without foundation in the truth. Everyone who knows the history of our lineage, our struggle and Gyalwang Karmapa's life is very surprised by the allegations," the office said in a statement issued on 29 January.
"We categorically deny having any link whatsoever with any arm of the Chinese Government. The Karmapa has a deep affection for the people of this great country of India where he has been practicing his faith for years. We have had a long and positive working relationship with the democratic Government of India that has always demonstrated great tolerance of cultural expression and diverse beliefs.
"We have followers in a large number of countries who have placed their trust and faith in us and, through their individual donations, enabled the sect to undertake substantial programmes of public service that have benefitted many thousands in India and abroad.
"Monasteries across the world accept offerings from devotees in various forms-there is nothing surprising, new or irregular in this. A representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's office underlined this yesterday. The cash in question under the current investigation by the police is offerings received for charitable purposes from local and international disciples from many different countries wishing to support His Holiness' various charitable activities. Any suggestion that these offerings were to be used for illegal purposes is libellous.
"At this point, about the Chinese currency we can say that he has a large following of Tibetans from Tibet who make donations in Chinese currency. The fact is that His Holiness the Karmapa has millions of followers around the world, who hold him in the highest esteem and reverence. All our dealings across the world are honest and completely transparent-anything else would be contrary to the Buddhist principals that we live by.
"Because the Gyalwang Karmapa resides in temporary quarters in Dharamsala, his Office of Administration has been seeking to build a monastery as a permanent residence for him. This project is clearly subject to Indian government approval. The Gyalwang Karmapa's office has kept the relevant Indian government agencies fully informed of its recent plans to purchase suitable land. The potential site was evaluated and cleared by the appropriate governmental offices. The negotiations to purchase the land are still in progress, have been reported to the Indian authorities, and are completely above board.
"I can confirm that Shakti Lama was taken into custody yesterday but we are confident of his release very shortly, as soon as we provide the law with the answers they are looking for. I can also confirm that Gyalwang Karmapa has made himself fully available for questioning by the officers concerned.
"We will supply as much information as available, as regularly as possible but would also like to state that our first priority is to cooperate fully with the investigations underway," the statement noted.
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