Google+ Official Releases - Karmapa – The Official Website of the 17th Karmapa

Official Releases

Nectar of Dharma, Volume I, Number IV, 1982 (excerpt)
After the passing away of the 16th Karmapa, the Kagyu Office announced that the four heart-sons of His Holiness—the current Shamar Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche— had agreed to form a council of regents to take joint responsibility for the spiritual affairs of the Karma Kagyu lineage, alternating as the regent of His Holiness, serving for three years in rotation, each taking lead responsibility for preserving the activity of the Karmapa during that three year period of their term.

Background: Interregnum – Transition between the 16th and 17th Gyalwang Karmapas

Nectar of Dharma Volume 2, Number I & II, 1982 (excerpt)
A further announcement about the council of four throne-holders.

Background: Interregnum – Transition between the 16th and 17th Gyalwang Karmapas

Resolution of the International Kagyu Conference (December 3, 1992)
The resolution accepted the resignation of Topga Yulgyal in 1992. Mr. Tenzin Namgyal succeeded him in the position of General Secretary, and continues so to serve.
Background: Interregnum – Transition between the 16th and 17th Gyalwang Karmapas

Press Statement of the Karmapa (April 27, 2001)
The Karmapa was permitted by the Indian Government to speak to the press and a press conference was held with the international press corps in attendance.

Transcript of Press Conference of the Karmapa (April 27, 2001)
A transcript of the question and answer session with the international press corps at the Press Conference.

Statement Regarding Order of the Sikkim Court (15 June, 2002)
A press release from the Kagyu Office describing the request of His Holiness for his followers to comply with the lawful orders of the court regarding an inventory of sacred possessions of Rumtek Monastery sought in a court action brought by opponents of the Kagyu administration

Announcement Regarding Decision of the Supreme Court of India (July, 2004)
The Kagyü Office of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa notification through its legal counsel that a motion designed to bring the litigation over Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery to a swifter conclusion has been unsuccessful. Although the Kagyü Office is disappointed with the news because it will prolong the litigation, the ruling by the Supreme Court of India was not unexpected due to the legal technicalities involved in the underlying suit.

Announcement Regarding General Secretary Tenzin Namgyal 1933 – 2005 (June, 2005)
Zhanag Dzodpa (General Secretary to the Holder of the Black Crown) Tenzin Namgyal was born in 1933 in the Year of the Female Water Bird in deva-bhumi Todlung Tsurphu into the family line of the 14th Karmapa ‘Nakharsharu Khangsar.’ With peaceful countenance he passed away on the evening of June 8, 2005 in Nepal.

Announcement Regarding the Appointment of an Administration under Ven. Drupon Rinpoche as General Secretary (August, 2005)
Statement identifying the officials at the temporary residence at Gyuto Monastery, Sidhbari, Dharamsala, who manage the office of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, and officials at Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek Administration. Also, information on donations and audience notification procedures.

Letter re meeting between HH Gyalwang Karmapa and Shamar Rinpoche(Jan. 12, 2007)
A letter clarifying the nature of the meeting with Shamar Rinpoche.

Letter from Karmapa’s Office of Administration announcing appointment of Ven. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (Jan., 2007)

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa appointed the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche as the representative of the Tsuphu Labrang, the Karmapa’s Office of Administration, in the United States. He was given full responsibility to oversee and direct the organization of the visit of His Holiness to the United States. Lama Phuntsok was appointed assistant.

Letter from Karmapa’s Office of Administration, U.S. announcing United States tour by His Holiness
(March, 2008)

The government of India graciously provided His Holiness Karmapa permission to travel to the United States in May. This is His Holiness Karmapa’s first trip to the West.