Statue of the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje




“A unique marble image of the eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, made by himself as his own likeness in the period circa 1532 A.D. After making it a small piece of marble was left over and this he squeezed with his hand, leaving a very clear impression on the stone. It is to be seen in the upper right, wrapped in red silk, and to the upper left is a small image of the DakiniVajravarahi, a protector of Mikyo Dorje which he always carried. The Lama is depicted wearing the Black Hat, the face and body is gilded and the whole is wrapped in precious brocade with seed-pearls affixed and kept within a large gold relic-box. It is said that whoever ever sees this icon must quickly become liberated and is a type of image believed to speak on particular occasions. It is preserved at Rumtek monastery.”


The picture and text are taken from the book “Karmapa, the Black Hat Lama of Tibet” by Nik Douglas and Meryl White. http://www.amazon.com/Karmapa-Black-Hat-Lama-Tibet/dp/0718901878


Statue that liberate on seeing it. (And it is in Sikkim, not faraway)
Once, while staying at Tsurphu monastery, the eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje ((1507-1554) had a vision of the Sakya Pandita, who appeared to him surrounded by many Bodhisattvas, from whom he received important teachings.
At that time he made a small marble statue of himself and with a piece of leftover marble he made an impression of his palm by squeezing it. It is to be seen (refer image) in the upper right of the image wrapped in red silk, and to the upper left is a small image of the Dakini Vajravarahi, a protector of Mikyo Dorje which he always carried.
When the statue was consecrated, in the presence of many Lamas, Karmapa addressed it, asking it if it was a good likeness of himself. The statue replied, “Yes, of course!” much to the amazement of all those present.
It is said that whoever ever sees this icon must quickly become liberated and is a type of image believed to speak on particular occasions.
The statue is preserved at Rumtek monastery.
When visiting Rumtak monastery, please make a point to behold the statue. You will be liberated and will never born in lower releam.

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