The Enthronement

On July 13, 1992, Their Eminences Situ Rinpoche and Gyaltsap Rinpoche arrived at Tsurphu Monastery to meet His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa. They were received in an elaborate ceremony by the upper and lower monasteries of Tsurphu, as well as by other Kamtsang monasteries in the surrounding area.

This meeting was to be their first formal one with the Seventeenth Karmapa. Subsequently, at the request of Tsurphu Monastery, the two Rinpoches conducted an elaborate ceremony at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, in the presence of the Jowo, the most revered statue of the Buddha in Tibet. The extensive ceremony began with the presentation to the Seventeenth Karmapa of gifts kindly sent by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: a kata (blessing scarf), blessing cord, and the Dalai Lama's personal mala.

The seat of the Karmapas, Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet

According to the prophecy of Guru Rinpoche found in the treasure of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, the name Pal Khyabdak Ogyen Gyalway Nyugu Drodul Trinley Dorje Tsal Chokle Nampar Gyalway De was offered to the Karmapa during this profound ceremony.

According to the wishes of all the lamas, monks, and lay community of Tsurphu Monastery, as well as the Karma Kamtsang monasteries of upper, middle, and lower Tibet, His Holiness was enthroned at Tsurphu Monastery, the main seat of all the Gyalwa Karmapas, on September 27, 1992.

The Buktham Rinpoche, and the prediction of the Nechung Oracle were offered to the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa during the enthronement ceremony.

Participants in the ceremony included tulkus and lamas (or their representatives) from the many Karma Kamtsang monasteries and the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Bonpo tradition; representatives from the government of the People's Republic of China and from the government of the Tibetan Autonomous Region; disciples from dharma centers abroad; and monks and devotees from all over the world.