[Buddha-l] A different type of Tibetan mystery

Dan Lusthaus vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 1 03:56:30 MST 2011

Anyone have any info on this?


Indian Officials Tracing Tibetan Leader's Money
Published: February 1, 2011

Filed at 5:06 a.m. EST

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Indian officials are questioning aides to Tibetan 
Buddhism's third most important leader after discovering more than a million 
dollars in a range of foreign currencies in his headquarters in northern 

Phuntsok Lama, a Gyuto Tantric Monastery official, said Tuesday that police 
and revenue authorities were searching the monastery and questioning staff 
at the home of Ugyen Thinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa.

Authorities are investigating the source of nearly $1.35 million in Indian 
rupees and foreign currencies, including Chinese yuan, found in the 
monastery over the weekend.

They have not revealed why they targeted the Buddhist holy man, a potential 
successor to the Dalai Lama as head of the Tibetan movement.

The Karmapa mysteriously escaped from Tibet in 2000. 

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