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ABC News : After the Dalai Lama

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Broadcast: 18/11/2008
Reporter: Eric Campbell





The Karmapa was just 14 years old when he fled in secret across the desolate mountains of Western Tibet and Nepal, to exile in Northern India.

It was a controversial and provocative move, as he is the only significant Buddhist figure to be officially endorsed by both China, and its nemesis - the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetans, the Dalai Lama.

Now, eight years later, he's being granted more freedom of movement by the Indian government, touring America earlier this year, and visiting the Himalayan province of Ladakh, which borders Tibet.

Eric Campbell caught up with the Karmapa in Leh, the picturesque high-altitude capital of the province often dubbed "Little Tibet" because it looks so similar.

Banned by India from taking up his official seat at a monastery in Sikkim, the Karmapa lives near the Dalai Lama near Dharmasala, home to thousands of Tibetan emigres, the Tibetan government in exile, and a place of pilgrimage for B…