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Introduction to the controversy about Karmapas
A few historical points
1959 : Karmapa flees to India
Difficulties in 16th Karmapa's times
Years 1980 Through 1990
Events beginning 1992
Events during May and June 1992
Propaganda campaign
Orgyen Trinley, Situ Rinpoche's Karmapa
Events during November and December 1992 in Rumtek
Some information about Sikkim
Year 1993 - situation deteriorates in Rumtek
Recognizing the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje
Year 1994
Controversy: opposing viewpoints
Relationship between Shamar Rinpoche and Dalaï Lama
A quick glance at events from years 1995 to 1999
Year 2000
Year 2001
Chronology of Events
Bibliography and data sources
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Bibliography and data sources


Anonyme, Karmapa Papers, 1992

Deshayes Laurent, Histoire du Tibet, Ed. Fayard, 1997

Douglas Nik et White Meryl, Karmapa, édition française Arché Milano, 1977, édition anglaise Karmapa : the Black Hat Lama of Tibet, 1976,

Francesca-Yvonne Caroutch, La Fulgurante épopée des Karmapas, Ed. Dervy, 2000

Knowledge in action, Journal of KIBI, february-march 1992, vol. N°1, New Delhi

Lehnert Tomek, Rogues in robes, Ed. Blue Dolphin Publishing, Tibetan Buddhism, 1998

Maheswari Anil, The Buddha cries, Karmapa Conundrum, UBS Publishers’ Distributors LTD, Delhi, 2000

Michael Harris Goodman, Le dernier Dalai Lama ?, Ed. Claire Lumière, 1993

Ribes Jean-Paul, Karmapa, Ed. Fayard, 2000

Riquier Ann, La légende des Karmapas, Ed. Plon, 2000

Rumtek Sangha Duche, International Karma Kagyu Conference, New Delhi, 1996

Rumtek Sangha Duche, Siege of the Karmapa, New Delhi,1999

Sherab Ling Newsletter, déc. 1992 & automne/hiver 1993, Inde

Van Grasdorff Gilles, La fuite du petit Bouddha, Ed. Michel Lafon, 2000

Van Grasdorff Gilles, Le livre bouddhiste de la sagesse et de l’amour, Ed. Michel Lafon, 2000

Yeshe Dronma, The Kunzig Shamarpas of Tibet, 1992

Many newspaper articles and other documents in this site have been found on numerous websites, and there is a partial list below. There is a great difference in quality among the various sites.

The Nalanfabodhi site, made by pro-Situ people, has become the official site for information about Urgyen Trinley. It is very well made, with a lot of activity, overflowing with daily-updated information.

On the other hand, pro-Shamar sites are technically weak; the Karmapa-issue website, dedicated to the controversy, provides but a few information, rarely updated.


pro-Shamar Rinpoche sites:

pro-Sitou Rinpoche sites:

A new-zealander site has made a very well documented summary about the events of the controversy:


Then, there are newspaper sites, most notably indian ones with many articles on the controversy:


A very good indian portal lists all indian newspapers websites: