By Shamar Rinpoche
The 10th Karmapa (1604–1674) lived via dramatic alterations in Tibet, together with the increase to political supremacy of the 5th Dalai Lama and the Gelug sect following a Mongol invasion. considered as a striking bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has principally escaped the shut recognition of contemporary students. during this ebook, Shamar Rinpoche, the Fourteenth Shamarpa, introduces the 10th Karmapa via his translations of the Karmapa’s autobiographical writings and an eighteenth century biography of him. As an immediate lineage-descendant from the 6th Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—the Shamar Rinpoche stocks his precise wisdom and adventure via wide annotations and a old assessment of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The lifestyles and instances of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented via maps and colour illustrations depicting areas the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific creative paintings, with a few item photos being released for the 1st time.
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History demonstrates that the Sixth Shamarpa's prediction actually came true in 1644, more than 35 years after the verses on the scarf were written. 25 Two years later, the scheming Zhal Ngo 26 Sonam Chopal, administrator of the Fourth and Fifth Dalai Lamas, ordered the Tenth Karmapa to be chased down and killed. The details of this are recorded in the many biographies of the Tenth Karmapa, and in chapter 30 of this book. The second prediction in the second verse - a tiny earring less than the length of half-finger, stretching beyond the reach of even Lord Shiva - forewarned that an insignificant event could extend into an unavoidable catastrophe far in the future.
The Gelug spiritual teachers were dismayed at this blatant betrayal. However, they could not stand up to the powerful alliance of Duke Kyisho and the majority of Gelug administrators from the Sera and Drepung monasteries. ) Shakabpa continues from the last excerpt: 37 They (the allied forces of Tsangpa and Kurabpa) fought and defeated the Mongolian alliance. The Mongolian alliance consisted of Mongolian warlords- Thumed Taigee, Sechen Tai Ming, and Khun Dul Lung Chokhu - and Kyisho Sonam Gyaltsen (also of the Kyisho Depa family).
The falling-out happened in the first half of the 16'h century and began to rupture what had been a cordial, mutually respectful relationship between the two religious groups. Not all Gelugpa masters and followers regarded the Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu in a negative light. The residents of two Gelug monasteries, Gaden Seykhar and Tashi Lhunpo, for example, did not bear grudges against the Karma Kagyu. Only the three Gelug administrations named above were involved in the feud. Protocol Deemed an Insult The Rinpung government followed the customary ranking of high lamas of various sects in a hierarchy.
A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje by Shamar Rinpoche