In 1999 the 14 year old 17th Karmapa was to be sent to Beijing to continue his education.
We have this from the 14 year old 17th Karmapa himself.
Or instead do what he did, also according to the 14 year old Karmapa himself, which was leave for India with the intention to someday return to Tsurphu with the Black Crown, an offer which the Chinese Government could not refuse to take him up on.
Thus in 1999 the Chinese Government did allow the 14 year old Karmapa to leave for India where he has waited the past 18 years for the opportunity to return the Black Crown to Tsurphu ever since.
For 18 years the Chinese Government hasn’t had a negative word to say against the 17th Karmapa as such.
And for 18 years the 17th Karmapa has not once done anything that would warrant the Chinese Government to do so either.
As far as the Chinese Government is concerned the 17th Karmapa can do no wrong apparently.
Now if when the 31 year old 17th Karmapa visits Sikkim later this year the Chinese Government breaks off relations with India’s Government I will of course have been proven wrong.
We shall see one way or the other later this year.
I can hardly wait.
To this day the 17th Karmapa maintains that the decision to leave Tsurphu was his alone.
That being said this does not preclude him from returning the Black Crown to Tsurphu as he told the Chinese Government he intended to do 18 years ago in exchange for it allowing him the opportunity do so.
There is no denying that the Chinese Government did let him go 18 years ago.
If the Chinese Government wanted the Indian Government to return the 14 year old 17th Karmapa 18 years ago, an unaccompanied minor, a Chinese citizen, smuggled into India by a third party, India would have had no legal basis to refuse such a request.
So there’s that to consider.
To say nothing of the argument to be made on the side of returning the Black Crown to Tsurphu where to those Tibetans in the Karma Kagyu sect, such as my 92 year old guru Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, believe to be its rightful place if the Gyalwa Karmapa is ever to be returned to his former glory as spiritual advisor to the rulers of China which the Black Hat has signified since the Emperor Yung Lo gifted it to Dezhin Shegpa, the 26 year old fifth Karmapa in 1409.p