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The Observer: Interview with His Holiness Apr 29, 2001 (United Kingdom)

BY LUKE HARDING
THE LHATOK region of eastern Tibet is about as remote as the country gets. Only a few hardy nomads eke out a living here, tending their yaks and wandering across a vast expanse of grassland enclosed by white mountains.
It was here 15 years ago that Ogyen Trinley Dorje was born, a baby whose life would eventually cause the Chinese government a great deal of embarrassment.
It was when he was eight that a search party arrived at his parents' yak hair tent and solemnly announced that their mission was over. They had found the Karmapa, the latest incarnation of one of Tibetan Buddhism's most senior leaders.
Three suns promptly appeared in the sky. Before that, 'it would have seemed extremely disrespectful to have imagined I might be the Karmapa,' he said yesterday.
Dorje was bundled off to Tsurphu monastery, 30 miles from the capital, Lhasa. The boy's status was swiftly recognised by the Chinese government, which spent six years grooming him …

The Telegraph: “Daunting audience with a 900-year-old teenager” April 28 , 2001 (London)

BY MICK BROWN
FEARS for the Karmapa's safety since his flight from Tibet to India, can make meeting him a daunting experience. On the three occasions I have met him since his arrival in India 16 months ago, the procedure has always been the same. First one must negotiate the armed police who prowl the steps leading to the Gyuto monastery where he lives. At the door, one is searched and one's name and passport number logged, before being led up the four flights of narrow stairs to the audience room, where yet another screen of security men stand.
Then there is the imponderable weight of his spiritual ancestry to consider. The present Karmapa - the 17th of his line - is believed to be the repository of an unbroken line of teachings going back 2,500 years to the time of the Buddha himself, and the Karmapas are the oldest line of identifiable reincarnates in Tibetan Buddhism. The first Karmapa was recognised about 900 years ago - 400 years before the first Dalai Lama.

Transcript of Press Conference of the Karmapa (April 27, 2001)

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Transcript of a Press Conference with His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa
held April 27, 2001 at Gyuto Ramoche
Tantric University, Sidbhari, Himachal Pradesh, India (Note: for a list of translations into other languages available on the internet, click here)





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Japanese Broadcasting Corporation: How long are you going to Stay in India? Will you go back to China?
His Holiness Karmapa: Having come here to India from Tibet as a refugee and in accordance with that having received the status of a refugee, I do not plan to return to Tibet until HH the Dalai Lama returns. I will go back with him.

Ajit Jagra: I would like to know what actually inspired you to come to India since you have lots of followers all over the world?
His Holiness Karmapa: One of the most important reasons why I was inspired to come to India was so that I would be able to see or visit the sacred places of this …

Press Statement of the Karmapa (April 27, 2001)

Press Statement from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje[1] “On December 28, 1999, under the cover of a dark night, my senior attendant and I escaped from my monastery in Tibet and fled to India to seek refuge. The decision to leave my homeland, monastery, monks, parents, family, and the Tibetan people was entirely my own--no one told me to go and no one asked me to come. I left my country to impart the Buddha's teachings in general and, in particular, to receive the excellent empowerments, transmissions, and instructions of my own Karma Kagyu tradition. These I could only receive from the main disciples of the previous Karmapa, Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who were predicted to be my teachers and who reside in India. ”

“There have been various reports in the press about my escape, and so I will simply and briefly tell the truth about my journey. In great secrecy, my companions and I made our plans, using various stories to cover our true acti…

Karmapa Press Converence April 27, 2001 (Worldbridges.Tibet)

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Press Statement from His Holiness the 17 year old Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje April 27, 2001, Gyuto Ramoche Tantric University, Sidbhari, Distt. Kangra, HP, India

On December 28, 1999, under the cover of a dark night, my senior attendant and I escaped from my monastery in Tibet and fled to India to seek refuge. The decision to leave my homeland, monastery, monks, parents, family, and the Tibetan people was entirely my own: no one told me to go and no one asked me to come. I left my country to impart the Buddha's teachings in general and, in particular, to receive the excellent empowerment, transmissions, and instructions of my own Karma Kagyu tradition. These I could only receive from the main disciples of the previous Karmapa, Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche, who were predicted to be my teachers and who reside in India.
There have been various reports in the press about my escape, and so I will simply and briefly tell the truth about my journey. In great secrecy, my companions …