A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the by Shamar Rinpoche

By Shamar Rinpoche

The 10th Karmapa (1604–1674) lived via dramatic adjustments 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 notable bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has principally escaped the shut awareness of recent students. during this e-book, 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 instantaneous lineage-descendant from the 6th Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—the Shamar Rinpoche stocks his precise wisdom and event via large annotations and a ancient evaluation of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The lifestyles and occasions of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented via maps and colour illustrations depicting areas the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific inventive paintings, with a few item pictures being released for the 1st time.

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So I arranged to receive him with high courtesy. Congratulatory Poem Answered with Anger Another incident involving the Fourth Dalai Lama Yungten Gyatso (1589-1617) escalated the distrust between the Gaden Phobrang16 and the Karma Kagyu. He was the great-grandson of Altan Khan and grew up 14 DL: Volume 2, 356 15 This means to treat them like nobodies. 16 Phobrang means monastery administration. 14 EARLY SIGNS OF A RUPTURE in Mongolia. In 1601, the Iron Ox year, when he was twelve years old, he was invited to Gaden Monastery near Lhasa.

This is typical of one who is very strong. Now, even if we were to make peace, Tsangpa will never trust us again. Everybody knows we are the ones who invited the Khan to make this war. We shall feel the consequences after the Mongolians leave. 47 DL: Volume 1, 203 48 DL: Volume 1, 204 42 THE MONGOL INVASION. 1639-1642 "The decision I made when Gushri Khan arrived in Tsang is final - I will not make a two-step. 49 And it is the same decision now. "The war has started already. So now we must go ahead with it.

The unification and reform strategy devised by the Tsang Desi Phuntsok Namgyal and carried out by him and his son Karma Tenkyong Wangpo involved not only political unification of Tibet by military means but also social reforms which benefited the people. The two Tsang Desis built schools for medicine, military affairs, and handicrafts. They established agricultural programs and also a Tibetan cultural center where literature was taught, promoted, and collected. Such programs and schools had not existed in Tibet since Kublai Khan's rule in the 13'h century.

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