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 outstanding bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has principally escaped the shut cognizance of recent 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 a right away lineage-descendant from the 6th Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—the Shamar Rinpoche stocks his distinct wisdom and adventure via large annotations and a historic evaluate of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The existence and occasions of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented through maps and colour illustrations depicting locations the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific inventive paintings, with a few item photographs being released for the 1st time.

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His knowledge of Dharma was unparalleled. He was a paragon bodhisattva revered by all sects. His prestige helped to heal the rift between the Gelug and the Karma Kagyu sects. The Tsang Ruling Government Established During the life of the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603), the leadership of the Tibetan government underwent another change. Control passed from the Rinpung to the Tsang family. The last Rinpung Desi was Ngagwang Jigdrag. His relative, Tsang Tseten Dorje who held a high post in the palace, started to rebel against the Rinpung rule around 1563.

As a favor to the head ofTaglung, the Tsang government granted his plea. In return, the Tsang government demanded 200 gold zho (a measurement of gold) from the Drepung Monastery. The Sera Monastery had to pay 100 gold zho. It was also stipulated that 37 SH(TIB}: Volume 1, 398 38 Shakabpa is pointing out that unlike the Sera and Drepung administrators, the Gaden Monastery administrators did not take part in the aggression. Instead, they tried to mediate the situation but failed. 30 TIBET UNDER THE SAKYA, PHAGDRU AND TSANG RULE Zhal Ngo Sonam Chopal of Gaden should go to Tsang to present the gold to the government.

27 The aftermath of the war of 1639-1642 is discussed in chapter 8. 28 SH(TIB): Volume 1, 391-392 21 A GOLDEN SWAN IN TURBULENT WATERS They took revenge by requesting the Mongolians to loot the Karmapa's horse ranch. 29 This event is known to be the basis for the destruction of the well-being of Dharma and Tibetan society. The Sixth Shamarpa's poem on a scarf was another small incident, but the Dalai Lama's administrators took offense and fueled hostility towards Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu. This eventually led to the Mongol invasion ofTibet, 1639-42.

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