Karmapa - The Black Hat Lama of Tibet

Karmapa - The Black Hat Lama of Tibet



THE BLACK HAT LAMA
The eighth incarnation of Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, the symbolic form of the Mahamudra teachings, shown holding a book and wearing the black Hat. He is surrounded by past and future emanations of the Kargyudpa Lineage. A detail from a large banner depicting the complete Lineage "tree" of the Karma-Kargyudpa sect, used for visualisation. It is at Rumtek monastery, Sikkim.

JE. GAMPOPA
(Painting from Dolpo)

H.H.Gyalwa Karmapa displays the Black Dorje Hat(vajra Mukut) during a special ceremony.
 It was presented to the fifth Karmapa by the Chinese Emperor Tai Ming Chen. 
The origin of the vajra Hat goes back to very ancient times, 
when the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshwara was presented with it by the other Enlightened Ones.
 The Gyalwa Karmapa is an emanation of Avalokiteshwara, 
and is the custodian of this Black Crown,
 the mere sight of which is believed to ensure Liberation within one lifetime.

 MIKYO DORJE: THE EIGHTH KARMAPA
A detail from the Lineage "tree", a banner in the Rumtek monastery, Sikkim. Mikyo Dorje occupies the prominent central position, being renowned for his preaching and writings on the Mahamudra. Above his head is the figure of Karma Pakshi, the second Karmapa, usually shown with a beard.


H.H. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa.

The young Sixteenth Karmapa with his teacher, the Eleventh Situ Tulku, in Tibet


H. H. The Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa as a young man.


His Holiness The Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, in Peking.

The Spiritual Heads of the four major Buddhist sects in Tibet, photographed together in India shortly after their escape from Tibet. They are(left to right); Dudjom Rinpoche of the Nyingmapa sect. The Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyudpas. The Sakya Rinpoche of the Sakya sect, and The Dalai Lama of the Gelugpas.


Masked dancing of the Kargyudpas

Clearing the site for the new monastery.

Preparations of materials for building.

An informal portrait of the thirteenth Shamar Tulku(1972)


The Twelfth Gyahsap Tuklu(1967).


The Third Jamgon Khongtrul Tulku.(1965)


The Tenth Pawo Tulko.(1966)


Trungpa Tulku.(1968)

KALU RINPOCHE
The second KALU RINPOCHE has a monastery in Sonada near Darjeeling and has twice visited Europe, Canada and America, founding a number of new Centres for Buddhist Dharma and meditation. He is an excellent teacher, especially of the 'Six Yogas' of Siddha Naropa.

THE TENTH SANGYE NYENPA TULKU(1970)
The first Sangye Nyenpa tulku, DEMA DRUPCHEN, was a great Siddha. He was the main teacher of Mikyo Dorje, the eighth Gyalwa Karmapa. All his subsequent incarnations were fine teachers and  Yogis, famous for the extraordinary miracles which they performed. The present incarnation, the tenth, is aged nine years and
lives in the new Rumtek monastery in Sikkim.

The Fourth Ponlop Tulku.
The first PONLOP TULKU was a Siddha of the Nyingmapa tradition. The fourth incarnation, Je  Won Ponlop, was born into a Nyingmapa family. He travelled to the Tsurphu monastery and received Kargyudpa teachings from his elder brother,who was a meditation teacher there. He became part of the Karma-Kargyudpa and was a fine Lama. He passed away in the old Rumtek monastery in the male water tiger (1962)


The Fifth Ponlop Tulku.(1972)
The fifth PONLOP TULKU, Sungrab Ngedon Tenpe Gyaltsen, was born at the new Rumtek monastery at sunrise on the twenty-sixth day of the fourth month of the female wood snake year (1965), as the son of the General Secretary of the monastery, His birth was in accordance with a prediction made  by H. H. The Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa and his recognition was confirmed by H. H. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama. He was enthroned at Rumtek, where he is now studying. He is seven years old.



TRONGSAR KHYENTSE WANGPO
The third incarnation, aged twenty-six. He lives in Madhya-Pradesh. India. Of the Karma Karggudpa Line.

DELGO KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
The second incarnation, aged fifty-eight. He lives in the Kichu monastery, Bhutan. 
Of  the Nyingma-Kargyudpa Line

Dru Pon Rinpoche.(1972)
The second DRU PON TULKU. presently studying in Rumtek, Sikkim, aged seven years.

DABZANG RINPOCHE
An emanation of Je Gampopa, he lives in Nepal, aged forty-five.

KHENPO TRANGU
The eighth incarnation. Aged forty, he is the Abbot of the new Rumtek monastery.

SABCHU RINPOCHE
The third incarnation, aged fifty-seven, lives in Kathmandu, Nepal.

TRALEG RINPOCHE
The ninth incarnation, now aged eighteen, lives in Sarnath, India.

DORJE LOPON TENGA RINPOCHE
The second incarnation, aged forty-one, lives in Rumtek.

TRUNGRAM GYALDRUL RINPOCHE
The third incarnation, aged five years, lives in Rumtek.

AKONG RINPOCHE
Presently runs the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland.  A disciple of the Karmapa, he was the Abbot of the Dolma temple, near Chamdo. He is the second incarnation.

The Ninth Dzigar Choktrul Tulku.(1969)
Jigme Goeha, the ninth incarnation, who lives in the new Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, aged eleven years.

The Eighth Khamtrul Tulku.
The eighth KHAMTRUL RINPOCHE: Donjud Nyima (born 1930), the present incarnation, who lives in Tashijong (Himachal Pradesh)where he has established a Tibetan Art and Craft centre.


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