Black Pills of the 16th Karmapa



The Gyalwa Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu sub-school of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The lineage of the Karmapas goes back to 1100 and is traditionally considered the earliest reincarnation line in Tibetan history. There are currently two incarnations, each having been recognized as the 17th lineage holder. They are Orgyen Trinley Dorje and Trinley Thaye Dorje. It is often said that the Karmapa will show his full manifestation when he is born as the sixth Buddha of our aeon (Shakyamuni was the fourth).

Traditionally based at Tsurphu Monastery in central Tibet, since the diaspora of the early 1960s the Karmapa’s principal seat is Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India. He also has regional seats at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in New York and Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in Dordogne, France.


Rinchen Rilnak

One aspect of the Karmapa’s enlightened activity manifests in making small black pills called rinchen rilnak. The pills are rare, being made of precious substances including gems, metals and many relics from the monastery treasury. They are prepared in a complex ritual involving the implements of Marpa Lotsawa (1012-1097) and Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135).

Through the power of interdependence, they are believed to confer blessings and protection on people who consume them or simply carry them on their person in a relic box or locket.

These rilnak are believed to aid in the liberation of the individual at the time of dying by way of forming a karmic link with the Karmapa. In circumstances of life threatening illness, they have been known to bring about amazing benefit, and even complete recovery when circumstances seemed dire. See below for a personal account by Steve Roth.

In cases of the pills being taken by the dying, even if physical improvement is not apparent, it is reported that the death was noticeably less difficult for both they dying and those supporting him or her. Sometimes the pills are reported to ease emotional troubles that often accompanies chronic illness, as well as the anxiety and difficult emotions surrounding traumatic events.

Due to complex struggles within the Karma Kagyu sect, neither of the the current Karmapas has been able to make these pills. As a result, the pills have become unbelievably rare. As a result, when one of these precious pills came into our hands, we decided to ‘multiply’ them as is often done with very rare substances in the Tibetan tradition.

We now offer these pills with the wish that they may benefit whomever comes in contact with them. Although these were not made under the supervision of the 16th Karmapa, each pill does contain a tiny amount of the original. May all beings gain freedom from suffering and the causes of suffering!

When using the pills it is considered auspicious to recite the mantra which invokes the wisdom mind of the Karmapa. The mantra is  pronounced Karmapa Chenno or Karmapa Kyenno.


These pills are free of cost. As they are quite tiny, we have attached a small bag containing three pills to a card with a picture of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. The bag is removable and can be reattached to the card to keep the pills safe. We are limiting requests to one card per order.

If you happen to have an interesting or powerful experience connected with these pills, please let us know so we can post it here for inspiration. See below for various experiences as we receive them.


Below is a personal report from someone who witnessed the power of the black pills in a very dramatic way.

The Blessings of the Black Pill – by Steve Roth

In 1983, my sister called with grave news; our dad had just suffered a massive heart attack. She told me he had been taken to the intensive care unit of a hospital near San Francisco. He was 68 years old at the time. And then she said, “Steve, he’s dying.” I immediately phoned the hospital and spoke with a couple of the Intensive Care nurses. They confirmed the grim news. In fact, they said, my dad was so close to death that there was no need for me to rush out from Colorado to see him.

I called Trungpa Rinpoche and shared this news with him. In the middle of our conversation I blurted out, “Rinpoche, maybe I should fly out and give my father one of His Holiness’ black pills.” (Black pills, or rilnak in Tibetan, are tiny pellets made by the Karmapa that contain extraordinary blessing; they are to be taken when one is giving birth, extremely ill or dying.) Rinpoche replied, “That would be a good idea.”

So I flew to San Francisco with my wife, Catherine and our year-old son, Spencer. My son and father had never met, and despite the nurses’ discouraging message, I wanted them to be near one another for the first, and most likely last time. We arrived at Marin General Hospital and went immediately to the ICU. A nurse accompanied us to my father. He was unconscious and looked like a bloated corpse. It was hard to imagine that he was actually still alive; there were tubes coming out of his mouth, and many needles and wires were attached to his body. The nurse left us there; he was all but gone.

After Catherine, holding our son said her goodbyes, I asked her to wait with Spencer in the ICU waiting room. When I was alone with my father, I held his hand and said, “Dad, if you can hear me, move your index finger.” I was quite surprised when his index finger moved. I then asked his permission to administer the black pill, explaining that it was designed to help people with such transitions—whether he stays or leaves. I said, “If I have your permission, move your finger once.” My dad moved his finger once.

At that point, I became aware that the ICU wasn’t exactly designed for privacy; it was a round, glass-walled enclosure with nurses and doctors moving about and often peering in. Someone might see me putting something in my dad’s mouth and think that I was up to some kind of mischief, maybe even that I was trying to kill him. I also realized that, given his swollen, dry, tube-filled mouth, the chances of getting even this tiny pill far enough back on his tongue (either for dissolving or for swallowing) were slim.

So I went to the men’s room and carefully crushed the black pill, wedging its grains into the tiny space between my thumb and the inside surface of the thumbnail. I returned to my dad’s bedside and was trying to spread apart the tubes in his mouth when I heard a voice behind me say: “Hi.” I swiveled around and there was my dad’s doctor, right arm extended to shake my hand—my right hand, the hand which was hiding the crushed black pill. I made my best attempt to shake hands without losing any of the precious substance. After a few agonizing minutes the doctor left the room, and somehow I managed to place the crushed black pill into my dad’s mouth.

To the astonishment of everyone—including the doctors and nurses—my dad made a full and complete recovery. He lived another 29 years and passed away peacefully at 97.

– Shared by Steve Roth


Experiences With These Pills

A.M. of the United Kingdom had this interesting occurrence:
the Karmapa Pills you sent me were interesting as I have been flat out bedridden
with something we still cannot work out, and so has one of my friends.
We each took one of those very small balls (from Karmapa) and placed another other with surgery tape on our bodies.
The remaining ones we placed in an ancient silver & tiger eye medical box.
Something must have happened because today we feel the best we have felt in ages!
thank you,
ps: the photo of the man on the card is very alive he makes me laugh…
An incredible recent experience:
The 16th Karmapa Black Pills are something that I have received through Future Alchemy for several years now.  They are an incredible blessing to my practice in all kinds of ways. From giving me incredible clarity to bringing about a heightened awareness of Bodhichitta. I have also gifted them to other practitioners when they have needed support. Recently I decided that I wanted to have some on-hand for my practice as I have been experiencing a period of above average stress in my life.  I received them in the mail and was determining whether or not to put them all in my gau or to take one that very day. I decided to take one and put my finger in the little bag to bring one out; ironically the top of the sealable bag moved a little bit and flipped two of the pills into the air, only to have them fall and disappear into my thick carpeting.
This left only one pill in the bag and fortunately a little later I was able to retrieve one of the ones that fell, which I put back into the plastic bag, which then gave me two.  Not knowing whether or not to take one I decided to wait and left the little, sealed baggy on my coffee table. The next morning I went to look at the bag and found not two pills but eight!!!!  My logical mind was boggled and I quickly went from thinking “how did these pills go from two to eight?” to “Holy cow I think I’m witnessing something I’ve only read about, a real miracle!”
There just isn’t any other explanation for how these pills came into this bag.  I live alone, except for my dog who I can tell you is really smart, but not capable of filling this bag herself. I called my spiritual friend Joseph and told him what happened and he basically said, “I’d take one now.”  Before I even took the pill I had the experience of extreme good fortune, spaciousness and profound faith.
– DE, Michigan, USA.
A.M. of the United Kingdom had this interesting occurrence:
The Karmapa Pills you sent me were interesting as I have been flat out bedridden with something we still cannot work out, and so has one of my friends.
We each took one of those very small balls (from Karmapa) and placed another other with surgery tape on our bodies.
The remaining ones we placed in an ancient silver & tiger eye medical box.
Something must have happened because today we feel the best we have felt in ages!
thank you,
ps: the photo of the Karmapa on the card is very alive, he makes me laugh…
A recent experience:
This is a brief testimony for the Black Pills of the 16th Karmapa.
My daughter was suffering from what I thought was flu.
We were under a doctor’s care and following all medical advice.
She was scared about her symptoms and told me she felt she
was dying. I received permission from her to give her a Black Pill,
She took the pill and I held a stupa on her head and placed other
holy objects on her heart. Praying and sending her much love.
Within minutes her breathing returned to normal. She fell asleep.
She was relieved of her suffering. The next morning she woke up
just like normal. She told me, “Mom, I feel so light”. We are eternally
grateful for what seemed to be a miracle given to both of us.
– K.


 Another Experience:

Thank you for sharing these wonderful and precious substances, if I may
call them that, with the rest of the world.

For the past several days I have experienced strong mental fogginess and
lung, I felt compelled to try one of the Black Pills the night of receiving
the package. Immediately, and I must emphasize this, immediately the fogginess
disappeared, and the lung subsided.

Originally I was hesitant to purchase these pills, but now I know that they work well.

I will keep taking the Agar-35 for the lung symptoms.

Thank you!
Kind regards,


Still another brief account from a client in Hawaii:

I believe the black Karmapa pill saved me from a hospital visit.
I put his photo on my shrine as well.
Mahalo –