Footage from ceremonies in the first Copenhagen Karma Kagyü Center.
Excerpt of: Rejsen til det univers about HH the 16th Karmapa's and Kalu Rinpoche's first visit to Denmark in 1974. Author unknown. (Subtitles added).
Thanks to Benny Gunno for sending this video. More about HH the 16th Karmapa's life on www.karmapabiographie.de
Dr Raj Kotwal, physician of the late Karmapa, recalls the inspiring lasts day of one of the greatest masters of the 20th century.
Transcript (please don't publish it elsewhere without permission)
In Hong Kong happened the story that Cyrus Huskell [Ward] came. I did not know who was this tall Afro-American. I was introduced to him as a doctor from Sikkim who accompanied His Holiness..
The moment he came in and stood then at the foot end of the bed, the Karmapa closed the book he was reading, and the man started crying, weeping, tears were running. He asked him: 'How are you?' But the man wasn't able to answer whatsoever, finally some words came over his lips: 'Your Holiness, you are dying!' But Karmapa laughed.
Karmapa consoled him for some time.
A tall and healthy man with 30-35 years crying like a small kid...
Is there any place in the world where we can do something for His Holiness – I come on behalf of the people of New York City.' He asked me. He didn't tell who he was. But as I was practicing in a very small place, I couldn't answer him. He was the deputy mayor of New York.
[In Zion, Nov 5t, 1981]
He started to have this [his heart stood still] and for 45 min [Dr Levy] we had to give reanimation cordosepia Then they started to remove the tubes – but the heart came back! There was a beat and a pulse! But then the monitor went flat again
Then the Rinpoches – Topgala and Situ Rinpoche and Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche, Levy, McKee, myself and the nurses. They said he was in Tukdam – in post mortem meditation.