Buddhist Ritual Assembly Performed by Karmapa to Glorify the First Ming Emperor Taizu
A long and large religious illustrated scroll Buddhist Ritual Assembly Performed by Karma-pa to Glorify the Departed Ming Taizu (Jian Fu Tu), had originally been stored at the temple mtshur-phu-dgon–pa of the Bka-brgyud sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and is exhibited at the Tibetan Museum presently. This scroll formatted by five-language texts and forty-nine pictures, depicted the various auspicious scenes and miracles appeared during the fasting commandment ceremony procedure contributed to the former Emperor Taizu for his happiness in Linggu Monastery, Nanjing, in 1407, which was invocated by Master of the 5th Karma-pa, a Tibetan lama who was invited by Ming Chengzu.
Karma-pa was dubbed “Da Bao Fa Wang” (Great Precious Dharma King) after the ceremony. Furthermore, this highest-ranking title is higher than the other two “Da Ci Fa Wang” and “Da Cheng Fa Wang” of Ming dynasty. Today, the Kagyu lineage is the seventeenth Karma-pa.