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The 15th Karmapa - Khakyab Dorje

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The Fifteenth Khakhyab Dorje (1871-1922), took birth in central Tibet in the region of Nyangtod. His parents were accomplished practitioners, living in accord with the ten principles of virtuous conduct. Several great masters experienced visions pointing to Khakhyab Dorje as the incarnation of Karmapa. In particular, the goddess Palden Lhamo appeared to Migyur Wangyal, head of the Drukpa Kagyu school, and showed him the region, house, family, and child clearly revealed in her hand-held mirror. At her urging, he proceeded to Nyangtod and identified the child. Although, for the sake of the child's well-being, Migyur Wangyal temporarily set a seal of secrecy upon his identity, Karmapa's fame spread so quickly that he was soon visited by a constant stream of human and celestial visitors.

At the age of six, Khakhyab Dorje proceeded to Tsurphu, where he was enthroned with great ceremony. Without the benefit of any teaching, he displayed a profound understanding of countless subjects. An atmosphere of miracles surrounded him, and on many occasion the sky filled with displays of rainbows and rolling peals of thunder. Once, he was asked to consecrate a temple in the faraway region of Litang. Though unable to go in person, he drew an image of the place on paper and playfully poured scented rice on it at the appointed time. In the same moment in Litang, white clouds gathered in the sky, pouring down a rain of scented rice grains that blessed the temple inside and out.

Khakhyab Dorje traveled to Palpung Monastery in eastern Tibet to receive the transmission of the lineage at the feet of his supreme master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye. While at Palpung, Karmapa recognized the birthplace of the Eleventh Tai Situ Rinpoche in a vision. He quickly drew the layout of the particular valley, the form of the mountain opposite, the river and its bridges, and the appearance of the house, including the location of all its windows and doors. Guided by the drawing, the search party found the child without difficulty. Khakhyab Dorje enthroned the young Tai Situpa and personally supervised all the details of his education and care. Afterwards, Khakhyab Dorje went into retreat at Tsari, a sacred place marked by a naturally formed image of the deity Khorlo Dechog. There, he demonstrated the ability to pass unobstructed through the solid rock of the mountain, and other displays of the interpenetration of mind and matter confirmed his mastery over the four elements.

In 1898, Karmapa undertook the long journey to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where he bestowed the transmission of Mahamudra upon the King and many devoted followers. During the last ten years of his life, the Karmapa remained in strict retreat, in intensive meditation without interruption. At the age of fifty-two, he entrusted to his personal attendant the sacred prediction letter describing the circumstances of his next incarnation. Then, he assumed the vajra meditation posture and passed away to the sphere of peace and clear light without center or boundary, the dharmakaya body of the ultimate nature.


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Karma Kagyu Refuge Tree Masters

01 Vajradhara

01 Tilopa

01 Naropa

02 Lodro Rinchen

03 Saraha

04 Nagarjuna

05 Shawaripa

06 Maitripa

07 Marpa

08 Milarepa

09 Gampopa

10 The 1st Karmapa

11 Drogon Rechen

12 Pomdrakpa

13 The 2nd Karmapa

14 Orgyenpa

15 The 3rd Karmapa

16 Gyalwa Yungtonpa

17 The 4th Karmapa

18 The 2nd Shamar Rinpoche

19 The 5th Karmapa

20 Rigowa Rinjung (Ratnabhadra)

21 The 6th Karmapa

22 Bengar Jampal Sangpo

23 The 1st Gyaltsab Rinpoche

24 The 7th Karmapa

25 The 1st Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

26 The 8th Karmapa

27 The 5th Shamar Rinpoche

28 The 9th Karmapa

29 The 6th Shamar Rinpoche

30 The 10th Karmapa

31 The 7th Shamar Rinpoche

32 The 11th Karmapa

33 The 8th Shamar Rinpoche

34 The 12th Karmapa

35 The 8th Kenting Tai Situpa

36 The 13th Karmapa

37 The 10th Shamar Rinpoche

38 The 9th Kenting Tai Situpa

39 The 14th Karmapa

40 The 1st Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

41 The 15th Karmapa

42 The 11th Kenting Tai Situpa

43 The 2nd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

44 The 16th Karmapa

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