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am a direct nephew to the late 16th Karmapa and elder brother to
Shamar Rinpoche. In 1974 I was appointed by H.H. Karmapa as his
representative for all the Karma Kagyu in Europe, as well as spiritual
director of Dhagpo Kagyu
Ling in France.
the misrepresentation in your book, The dance of the 17 Lives, that
the Vajra Crown the 16th Karmapa wore during his lifetime is a duplicate
of the original: it seems as though you must know something more
about the crown than the crown holder himself, the late Gyalwa Karmapa.
I was with the late Karmapa since 1955 when I was six years old.
During his lifetime I had many opportunities to hear him talk about
the crown, to see many historic documents about the crown, to see
the crown itself many times, and to write documents myself about
it. I can authoritatively state that the crown the 16th Karmapa
wore during his lifetime for the Black Crown Ceremonies is most
definitely the 5th Karmapa's Vajra Crown.
I must insist that you reveal your sources, the “ previously
published material, ” that you refer to in your book, which
casts doubt on the authenticity of the crown. Please get this information
to me at your earliest convenience, as your assertions are most