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The Early Years of HH The Karmapa (1985-1992)

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When the advance search party arrived in the eastern region of Tibet called Lhatok, they discovered that that the birthplace and birthdate of a child living there matched the details in the sacred prediction letter of the 16th Karmapa. When asked, the parents told of their son's birth, special signs, dreams of the mother, father and siblings, of a special bird heralding the birth, of the sound of a conch shell after the birth, and other events. In fact, the advance party had already independently confirmed most of these events through conversations with other nomads of the camp. The early years of this young nomad, who was then called by the nickname of Apo Gaga, fulfilled all the predictions of the sacred testament of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa.


The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa was born in the nomad community of Bakor, eastern Tibet, on the eighth day of the fifth Tibetan month, year of the Wood Ox (June 26, 1985). His father is Karma Döndrub and mother is Loga. He h…