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May-August 2002

His Holiness received transmission and teachings at Gyuto from H.E. Gyaltsab Rinpoche throughout the summer.

On July 24, the 15th day of the 6th Tibetan month, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa received his ordination as a novice monk (dge tshul pha) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was assisted at the ceremony by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche. This joyous occasion was marked by three days of celebration at Gyuto Monastery. It is considered particularly auspicious that His Holiness was able to receive his Getsul vows from the Dalai Lama. After the Karmapa received his vows, His Holiness the Dalai Lama conferred novice and final ordination on some 800 monks from southern India.

His Holiness Karmapa presiding over the Kagyu Conference on the Thirteen Tantras of Marpa at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Varanasi

On June 26, the 17th Gyalwang Read the rest of this article

January-April 2002

Time Asia’s April 22 issue selected His Holiness Karmapa as one of the Asian Heroes from Tibet. “These heroes have won battles for noble causes, surmounted the greatest of odds and stood as examples of the best in all of us. TIME salutes the individuals whose valiance inspires us.”

In March, in an interview in Tricycle magazine, a Buddhist-oriented periodical published primarily in the United States, His Holiness addressed his followers in the United States, stating: “Among all my predecessors, it was the Sixteenth Karmapa who visited the United States. It is because of the Buddha activity that people in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world know the Karmapa. As his reincarnation, I respect and rejoice in his Buddha activity [and] I have sincere prayers and dedication toward the whole world and that all sentient beings have peace and harmony. Specifically, the US has had to face terrible tragedy at this time. Since September 11, it has been my prayer that this sort of event, in which lives are lost and people hurt, not happen again in future anywhere in the world. My wish is that every human being live in peace. And Read the rest of this article

December 2001

His Holiness presides over the Drogen Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya at the end of 2001

His Holiness led the Drogen Kagyü Monlam in Bodhgaya at the end of December. The vast ceremony required the preparations of monks from many monasteries, including Rumtek, and was attended by many thousands of monastics and lay people. His Holiness presided over all the sessions, and also taught the monastics and foreigners daily from Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and on other profound topics. Read the rest of this article

Selected News Media Articles

Observer
(April 29, 2001)

An interview of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa by Luke Harding

Telegraph
(April 28, 2001)  
                         A background piece about His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa’s administration at Gyuto by Mick Brown
Time Magazine
(May 10, 2001)
                        An interview by Asia bureau chief Michael Fathers
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The Karmapa’s Great Escape (December 28, 1999-January 5, 2000)

While His Holiness was at Tsurphu, the Karmapa fulfilled the traditional responsibilities of the Karmapa, ministering to the Tibetan people and supporting Tsurphu Monastery. The monastery underwent extensive rebuilding to restore the temples, shrines, stupas, a shedra, and residences that had been destroyed over the years, fulfilling one of the main duties of a Karmapa. As the years went by, however, the authorities began to restrict the Karmapa’s ability to travel and teach his disciples, and to receive the transmission from his lineage teachers. His Holiness decided that it would benefit beings most if he were no longer to stay in Tibet. In view of the refusal of the authorities to allow him to leave, he undertook a plan of his own.

Various accounts of the Karmapa’s escape has been described in innumerable media reports around the world. On April 27, 1992, His Holiness himself described his departure to the world Read the rest of this article