The Syracuse Buddhist community has followed the scandal in India dealing with the Karmapa very carefully. Allegations of criminal wrongdoing against the Karmapa in dealing with financial matters and China has deeply upset the Buddhists here in Syracuse. However, it has been generally felt that US government interference in this matter could worsen the problems for the Karmapa. And so there were concerns here in Syracuse recently about rumors that the Dalai Lama had raised this issue with US government officials. The office of the Dalai Lama has denied this accusation.
Phayul.com has reported “Dalai Lama’s Office denies talking about Karmapa with US Envoy”, http://bit.ly/hvJKud. It has been said by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that reports in sections of the media, especially the Indian Express (Chandigarh) that the Tibetan leader discussed recent events concerning the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee with the US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer, are not true. The US Ambassador to India visited the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile for two days recently. The Syracuse Buddhist community feels relieved that the Dalai Lama has denied reports which have implied he has asked the US government to meddle in this affair. Such a request for US government interference in this matter could anger the Indian government.
It has been reported that the Office of the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said it was “surprised” by the reports and has made it very clear that the report is “entirely speculative and baseless.” Chhime Rinzin Chhoekyapa, Secretary of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has said “Neither side raised the issue at all. At this time such reports are not helpful.” On Thursday Roemer and the Dalai Lama had a closed door meeting together.
The meeting between the US Ambassador to India and the Dalai Lama lasted about an hour. After this meeting Roemer commented to journalists that his meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, the seat of Tibet’s Government in exile, was “the first time in many years” by a US ambassador and said they held “very good discussion” about “several important issues”. Roemer also commented “I come here to this great place to meet with this very respected and holy man, and as a spiritual and religious leader in the world on a trail of many other high-level United States officials who have come up here to show their respect to His Holiness.”
Roemer also inaugurated the new Reception Centre for Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India which was funded partly by the US Embassy as part of its efforts to support the Tibetan refugees. And so Buddhists here in Syracuse are hopeful this positive gesture by the US government in dealing with the Dalai Lama in the absence of any interference in Indian internal affairs will benefit the future of the Tibetan cause.
Mandel News Service: http://www.mandelnews.com