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Return to Tsurphu (June 1992)

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“On the day the swan circles the edge of the lake
And leaves its fledglings in the darkening swamp
The day the white vulture soars in the
     depths of the sky,
You will wonder where the man Rigdröl is.
O Fledglings, I feel untold grief for you.
Now I will not explain much; this is but a jest,
Yet unified with ultimate reality.
When the Lord of the Path is held
     by the king of birds,
In prayer I aspire that we gather in great joy.[1]”
His Holiness the 16th Karmapa fled Tibet in 1959 and since that time Tsurphu Monastery had been without a Karmapa in residence. Thus the arrival of the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa was greeted with great anticipation. When word reached the Tibetans that the reincarnation of the Karmapa had been found and hat he was being brought to Tsurphu Monastery, thousands of his followers gathered in great joy.
On June 15, 1992, His Holiness arrived in an entourage of seven jeeps followed by two trucks along the main road to Tsurphu, which was adorned with …

Confirmation by H.H. The Dalai Lama (June 1992)

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“The boy born to Karma Döndrub and Loga in the Wood-Ox Year (of the Tibetan calendar) identifies with the prediction letter (left by the late Karmapa) and is hereby recognized as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa. With prayers for his well-being and for the success of his activities. ”
  -- The Dalai Lama
(translated by Kalon Tashi Wangdi)


After the advance search team from Tsurphu had located the Seventeenth Karmapa in Tibet, the monastic party accompanied the young Karmapa to Kalek monastery. Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Sherab Tarchin soon arrived to verify the information of the search party.

In India, meanwhile, Their Eminences Tai Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltshab Rinpoche in India waited at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim for news of the results of the search. In early June, they traveled to Dharamsala to inform the supreme leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, that a search party had been dispatched to find the reincarnation, based on the sacred testament of the 16th K…