Tibetan Recognition Letters
             English Translations
Recognition by Sixteenth
Gyalwa Karmapa Rigpai Dorje



In 1968, Lama Norlha commissioned the production of 225 Buddhist begging bowls constructed in the same manner as the bowls used by the Buddha and his original followers.  He offered the entire collection to Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery, during the full moon of the fifth Tibetan month – which, since the time of Buddha Shakyamuni, has marked the commencement of Yarnay, the rainy summer retreat, acknowledged by most Buddhists as the most auspicious time for the practice of virtue and the accumulation of merit.   Astounded, the Karmapa said that in the whole history of the Karma Kagyu lineage such an offering had never been made, and announced that the presentation had been foretold by Chögyur Lingpa, one of the most renowned prophets in Tibetan history, who had been told in a vision by Guru Rinpoche that this offering would be made during the lifetime of the Sixteenth Karmapa. The Karmapa further said that this offering signified an accumulation of tremendous merit on Lama Norlha’s part. An offering of gold filling the entire land of Sikkim, he said, could not make him happier than this offering.

“Nobody,” the Karmapa announced, “has done what you have done.  No one in the past has ever made offerings like this and no one in the future will be able to do so. You are very powerful and the reason you could do this is because in your previous life you were Gara Lama.”



The cause of happiness is virtue; the cause of suffering is non-virtue

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