2006: Announcement to Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centers in Asia, Europe,
and the Americas from the Council of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa
entrusted with the legal and administrative responsibilities
of His Holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the trustees of
the Karmapa Charitable Trust (KCT) have officially designated
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa the legal heir of his illustrious
predecessor. As His Holiness has matured and received the teachings
and transmissions of the Karma Kagyu lineage, he has successfully
embarked on spreading the Dharma throughout the world. Today
even at a relatively young age, he has earned the reverence of
people of faith and the respect of public officials.
Established according to previous directives of The KCT trustees
and operating under the spiritual leadership of His Holiness, the
Council of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa has begun to assist and
advise the 17thKarmapa. especially regarding the Administrative
Office of the Rumtek Monastery, seat of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa.
The Judicial proceedings in India will soon draw to a conclusion,
and every step along the legal way has favourably indicated that
the KCT, and thus His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, will soon assume
legal control of the monastery.
His Holiness and the Council bear no animosity or disrespect for
His Holiness Urgyen Trinley Rinpoche and his genuine followers.
The Council, however, wishes it to be known that any one who was
involved in the takeover of the monastery, directly or indirectly,
should send an apology letter to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa
or else be prevented from seeing the holy relics and attending
future religious ceremonies at the monastery.
Until peace and religious functions have been properly restored
at the Rumtek Monastery, the administrative work of the 17th Karmapa
and the International Karma Kagyu Headquarters, founded by His
Holiness the 16th Karmapa, will temporarily operate from Kalimpong,
Council of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa
Bajuratna Koti, 11th mile, Kalimpong
West Bengal, India 734301
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