Karmapa tradition Lama has acquired the Dominican citizenship hurting relationship with India.
• The 13th Religious Conference of the Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon Tradition, which was scheduled for November 29 and 30 in Dharamshala, has been postponed
to indefinite period.
• Reason for Postponement: The reason for this tussle between the Government and Karmapa is Karmapa’s decision to acquire citizenship of Dominica country in 2018.
- As a result, despite several attempts from the Karmapa for a visa, he has been denied to visit India.
• Karmapa: Karmapa is the head of one of the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Karmapa means the embodiment of all the activities of the Buddhas.
- In the Tibetan tradition, great enlightened teachers are said to be able to consciously control their rebirth in order to continue their activity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
- The present Karmapa is Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th in the line of Karmapa incarnations.
- They are issued the Identity Certificate in India (the yellow card issued by Indian govt. to Tibetans for ease of travel).
• Tibetan Buddhism combines the essential teachings of Mahayana Buddhism with Tantric and Shamanic, and material from an ancient Tibetan religion called Bon.
• Although Tibetan Buddhism is often thought to be identical with Vajrayana Buddhism, they are not identical – Vajrayana is taught in Tibetan Buddhism together with the other vehicles.
• Buddhism became a major presence in Tibet towards the end of the 8th century CE.
Groups within Tibetan Buddhism:
• Nyingmapa: Founded by Padmasambhava, this is oldest sect, noted in the West for the teachings of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
• Kagyupa: Founded by Tilopa (988-1069), the Kagyupa tradition is headed by the Karmapa Lama. Important Kagyupa teachers include Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa.
• Sakyapa: Created by Gonchok Gyelpo (1034-1102).
• Gelugpa: (The Virtuous School) Founded by Tsong Khapa Lobsang Drakpa (also called Je Rinpoche) (1357 – 1419), this tradition is headed by the Dalai Lama.
• New Kadampa Tradition: one of the major Buddhist schools in the United Kingdom, founded by the Tibetan-born Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Some Buddhists and non-Buddhists regard the NKT as outside the mainstream tradition.
Special Features of Tibetan Buddhism:
• The status of the teacher or “Lama”
• Preoccupation with the relationship between life and death
• Important role of rituals and initiations
• Rich visual symbolism
• Mantras and meditation practice