The original dokument
Tenzin Geyche Tethong Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama Dharamsala, H.P.
Dear Mr. Tenzin G. Tethong, Thank you for your letter of July 14,
2000. I would like to clarify an apparent misunderstanding contained
When I met with H.H. the Dalai Lama on January 3, 1997, I did not
identify Chogye Trichen Rinpoche as the person who has the Sixteenth
Karmapa's instructions regarding the rebirth of the Seventeenth Karmapa
Thaye Dorje. I also did not request any recognition for Thaye Dorje
to be Karmapa, nor did I request permission for him to be the seat
of Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center.
my visit His Holiness I requested that he grant an audience to the Karmapa
Thaye Dorje who had been independently recognized and enthroned according
to traditional Karma Kagyu methods. H.H. the Dalai Lama happily agreed
to this, but unfortunately the audience could not take place at the appointed
time because of threats of violence made by Situ Rinpoche's party.
Regarding the matter of how I recognized the Karmapa Thaye Dorje, I informed
H.H. the Dalai Lama that I started the investigation of the baby boy after
hearing the auspicious indications that Chogye Trichen Rinpoche reported
to me. This has been my consistent position from the beginning, which
I stated publicly and in writing at the International Karma Kagyu Conference
ten months before my meeting with H.H. the Dalai Lama.
After my meeting with His Holiness I again clarified this point. A letter
to me from the office of H.H. the Dalai Lama dated February 3, 1997, with
an enclosed copy of Chogye Trichen Rinpoche's letter to the Tibetan Government
in Exile dated July 29, 1996, refers to this issue.
Chogye Trichen Rinpoche's letter verifies that he had indications. However,
it does not refer in any way to a request by the Office of the Tibetan
Government in Exile, I again tried to clarify this point, and stated that
Chogye Trinchen Rinpoche is not the person who has the instructions
of the Sixteenth Karmapa.
During my most recent meeting on June 20, 2000, with His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, he again casually referred to Chogye Trinchen Rinpoche as
having instructions of the Sixteenth Karmapa. Out of respect for His Holiness
I did not argue this point directly, but told him that I have a copy of
the letter mentioned above. I will not respond to other issues raised
in your letter at this time, however I feel that I must mention role of
Chogye Trinchen Rinpoche so that the record is clear and correct. I fully
understand that because of your busy schedule and many responsibilities
it is difficult for you to check all of these details. However, if you
trace the past records the chronology will become clear.