On Monday, December 1, 2003, the Vidyadhara ceremony of the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, took place in the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi. This ceremony was held in celebration of the formal completion of his monastic education in the sutras and tantras and all other aspects of the teachings of the profound lineage.
14.11.2003 – 30.11.2003, India
From November 14th to 30th, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche gave the Kagyu Ngag Dzo transmission to Gyalwa Karmapa and many Rinpoches.
06.10.2003 – 15.10.2003, Bhutan
In order to pay his respects to Her Majesty, the late Ashi Phuntso Choden Wangchuck, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, paid a visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan from October 6th to October 15th.
25.07.2003 – 30.07.2003, USA
Suzan Garner and Bart Mendel invited the Gyalwa Karmapa to the Karma Kagyu center in Santa Barbara.
19.07.2003 – 20.07.2003, USA
On 19 July 19th, Gyalwa Karmapa visited the Diamondway Centre in San Francisco. Afterwards he gave an Karma Pakshi empowerment in the Golden Gate Club.