Karmapa’s confirmation awaited on State Govt invite to visit Sikkim

Gangtok, 30 Sept:

The State Government has invited the XVIIth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit Sikkim in end-October, but with the Karmapa still away in USA, and no confirmation yet on his return, the visit remains to be confirmed.

The State Government invite, communicated to the Karmapa’s office about ten days ago, followed from the lifting on travel restriction imposed by the Government of India on the Karmapa’s travels in the country as part of which Sikkim was technically kept out of bounds for him.

The Sikkim Government proposal has suggested 21 October to 01 November 2018 visit of Sikkim.

The Karmapa is still in USA and may not able to visit Sikkim on the proposed dates and the schedule has not yet been confirmed by the Karamap, informed sources in the Karmapa’s office in Dharmasala.

The official informed that the Secretary of the Karmapa’s Monastery in Dharamsala will convey the Sikkim government’s proposal to the Karmapa who has been keeping a busy schedule.

The official further informed that while the State Government or the Karmapa do not need prior permission to visit Sikkim from the Government of India, prior intimation to the Ministry of Home Affairs to plan security details was required.

Earlier, on 22 September, the State government had sent its proposal of the Karmapa as part of which he was to visit Gangtok, Phodong Monastery, Ralong Monastery, Raptenling Monastery at Rabong, Pemayangtse Monastery, Buddha Park, Tashiding Monastery, Martam Retreat to pay his last respects to former MP, Rajya Sabha, who was a spokesperson of Dharmasala for a very long time and Sang Monastery, few kilometers away from Dharma Chakra Centre, at Rumtek.

Meanwhile, sources in the Karmapa’s office inform that he is expected to return in November to attend a religious meeting in India.