Showing posts from September, 1992

Rebuilding Tsurphu (1992-1999)

In early 1980, when the communist Chinese government opened the Tibet-Nepal border for older Tibetans to visit family and relatives, His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa instructed Venerable Drupon Dechen Rinpoche to go back to Tibet to reconstruct the original seat, Tsurphu Monastery. Reconstruction of Tsurphu was extremely difficult because Tibetan people were very poor and any support they could provide was very limited. However, through the tireless effort of Drupon Dechen Rinpoche and the devotion and dedication of the Tibetan people, many aspects this large complex was rebuilt. After many years of hard work and dedication they completed the partial rebuilding of the main shrine and some of the other parts of the development. Throughout Tibet and China, many monasteries were destroyed during 1959 and the Cultural Revolution. Tsurphu was no exception, suffering very heavily. This beautiful seat was completely destroyed and was left in total ruin in 1966. No inha…

Enthronement (September 27, 1992)

In July of 1992, His Holiness received his formal name in a traditional ceremony before the most precious Buddha image in Tibet, at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche conducted the elaborate ceremony, presenting His Holiness with a variety of blessed items sent by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and others. His Holiness was given the traditional name of the Seventeenth Karmapa, revealed to the Great Treasure Holder ("Terchen") Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa by Guru Rinpoche in the 19th Century C.E.: Pal Khyabdak Ogyen Gyalway Nyugu Drodül Trinley Dorje Tsal Chokle Nampar Gyalway De.
On 27th September 1992, His Holiness XVIIth Karmapa was enthroned at Tolung Tsurphu, the main seat of all the Gyalwang Karmapas since the 12th century. Before the ceremony began, His Holiness was present with an official certificate from the Beijing government accepting the recognition of His Holiness as a reincarnate lama. With that simple gesture, the heart of Tib…

First Public Ceremony - September 29, 1992

On September 29, 1992, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje performed his first public ceremony, bestowing the empowerment of Standing Red Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara). The empowerment was received by over 20,000 of his fortunate devotees. He was assisted by H.E. Tai Situ and H.E. Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and read the core of the ceremony himself in a voice clear and steady. It was a moving moment for any who had known the previous Karmapa. The Seventeenth Karmapa had begun his great compassionate activity, and it was acknowledged not only by the people present but also by a contingent of eagles which circled in a clockwise direction above the monastery, and by a horizontal rainbow that appeared in a virtually cloudless sky during the empowerment.

From the time of the First Karmapa (through this empowerment of Avalokiteshvara), the line of the Karmapas remains pure and unbroken. The lord of the dharma, the glorious First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, was of the nature of …