Panaji: The Karmapa, in the eye of a
controversy over huge haul of foreign currency from his
transit home, on Monday got the backing of the Dalai Lama, who
said the issue cropped up due to the carelessness of some of
"It was (because of) carelessness of some of his
attendants. Actually, the purpose of money was charity," the
spiritual and temporal head of Tibetan Buddhists told a
gathering here dismissing the controversy as "not serious".
Addressing a lecture in the memory of Buddhist scholar
D D Kosambi, the Dalai Lama likened the relations between
India and Tibet to that of a teacher and disciple.
"India is like the Guru and Tibet its disciple," he
"Our relation with India is not just few decades (old)
but it has existed for few thousand years," he said,
describing the Indian and Tibetan civilisations as two
branches of the sacred Bodhi tree.
"Six million Tibetans are physically controlled by
China but 99 per cent of their minds look at India," he said.