the 7th of June, 1992, when Situ Rinpoche
and Gyaltsap Rinpoche arrived in Dharamsala,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was on a visit
to South America. On the evening of that
same day, the two Rinpoches telephoned His
Holiness to inform him of the following.
"In His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa's
Dakhaishalcham [sacred letter disclosing
his reincarnation], it is said: 'In the
east of Tibet, a nomad community with the
sign of cow, the method is Dondrub and the
wisdom is Lolaga.' With this clear description
of the names, a thorough search was made,
and in the nomad community named Bakor,
in the Lhathok region of eastern Tibet,
on the eighth day of the fifth Tibetan month
in the wood ox year, a boy was born whose
father was Karma Dondrub Tashi and mother,
Loga. After his birth, there were many wondrous
signs, such as the infinite sound of music
and, according the to prophesy, the sound
of the conch shell reverberated throughout
space for about two hours and was heard
by all the people of the area.
"The Tulkus, lamas, and sangha residing
both inside and outside Tibet, from Gangtok
Rumtek's place of Dharma, Tshurphu Monastery,
and Palpung Monastery, and from all the
Karmapa's monasteries requested with one-pointed
devotion and aspiration, the compassionate
advice for whether it would be appropriate
or not to recognize this boy of the wood
ox year, described above, as the reincarnation
of the XVlth Karmapa."
This request was offered along with additional
information including the sacred letter,
the way the search and examination was carried
out, a drawing of the birthplace, Guru Rinpoche's
prophesy containing a list with some of
the Karmapa's names, and a letter regarding
the meeting and discussions in Gangtok.
All these were sent by fax to His Holiness
and He granted this reply: "The birthplace
of the reincarnation, the names of the mother
and father, and so forth, are in agreement
with the sacred letter. It is very good
that inside and outside Tibet, Tulkus, lamas,
and the monasteries belonging to the lineage,
are all one-pointed in their devotion and
aspiration. It is appropriate to recognize
and confirm following what was stated above."
This command has been granted and received.
May it be known.
Signed by Tendzin Chonyi Tara, Principal
Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
Dharamsala, June 9, 1992.