Letter of Blessing From His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje

With absolutely no regard for hardships or obstacles of any kind which might have paved his way, Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche has now succeeded in setting up a Buddhist Institute which follows the Karma Kagyud Tradition. Despite the difficult times faced by our lineage, the establishment of this institute brings me joy and is an accomplishment I rejoice with because students and followers of the Karma Kagyud Tradition can now look forward to a place to pursue knowledge of Buddhist Philosophy and Buddhist Practices in an ideal environment.

HH 17 Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje

It is my hope that this may aid in dispelling the ignorance of all sentient beings in this world that they may absorb the knowledge of Dharma, the glorious teachings and the realizations of the Perfectly Enlightened Ones. May the continuation of the lineage be like the Ganges River and may it pacify all of the unfortunate conditions like disputes, sickness, war and poverty.

May their wishes be fulfilled and may they ultimately attain the supreme state of Enlightenment. This I beseech of the Triple Gems and all of the Perfectly Enlightened Ones.

Thaye Dorje

The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa,
Holder of the Supremely Blessed Title of the Glorious Line of the Karmapas.

Written on the 5th of June 2004.