What really happened to HHK16’s prediction letter died with his Labrang in 1982

Dear readers,

Salut mes amis !

On December 21, 1981 HK16’s prediction letter was nowhere to be found according to his Labrang, Damchoe Yongdu.

“A general Karma Kagyu meeting was held in Rumtek at the request of Mr. Dhamchoe Yongdu, the General Secretary to the 16th Karmapa. He requested Shamar Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche to form a council of regents to take joint responsibility for the spiritual affairs of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He also asked them to locate Karmapa’s instructions concerning his next rebirth…”


Voilà !

Damchoe Yongdu died in 1982.

What happened to the letter?

Courage !




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2 responses to “What really happened to HHK16’s prediction letter died with his Labrang in 1982

  1. Not all Karmapas in history had written prediction letters such as the precise one the 15th Karmapa had left.
    What if there simply was no letter? Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche said the 16th Karmapa, realizing that trouble was about to occur, left oral intructions and some pieces of information to a high Sakya Lama.

  2. Stan

    It’s pretty obvious that the dog ate the letter.

    Seriously though, this letter business distracts us from what the very nature of what Karmapa is. How absurd to be obsessed with the letter, to have had forensic testing done. Karmapa arises as Karmapa arises- a paper document really can’t compare.

    I never had the chance to meet HHGK16, but I like to think that his direct reincarnation is somewhere benefiting beings anonymously. I also like to think that there are many emanations floating around doing the same thing.

    These lineage holders are destroying our tradition right in from of our eyes. Sure, without a doubt the Chinese dealt a terrible blow to Tibet and all things Tibetan, but at the end of the day most of the men who sit up on high thrones are ruining what our lineage is turning it into a small, self-conscious, paranoid school obsessed with wealth, fame and legal justifications to legitimation/power.

    The dharma is elsewhere; in fact the dharma is everywhere else…

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