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 awesome bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has mostly escaped the shut awareness of contemporary 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 targeted wisdom and event via large annotations and a historic 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 through 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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He started to develop a shedra for the Kagyu and Nyingma schools in an area between Shigatse city and the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. 35 (During construction) when they (workers) were digging behind the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, some rocks rolled down and hit the monks' kitchen in the monastery. " These were the reasons 36 why many Mongolian pilgrims who came to central Tibet looted the Karmapa's farms in that year. As a result, in the seventh month of the Earth Horse year (1618), the allied forces ofTsangpa (the Tsang Desi) and (his ally, Duke) Kurabpa arrived in Lhasa.

They asked Karmapa for permission to fight back in self-defense. He said to them, "If we are genuine followers of the Buddha, then we will never commit such acts. " Later, the government under the Fourth Shamarpa (while the king was still a minor) 11 as well as many lords, such as Lord Jaba Thripon, all said they (the attacking monks) must be punished because they had destabilized the jurisdiction or area. The waging of war by monks was disgraceful. But Karmapa forcefully stopped them (the government officials and lords), and so they were very upset.

He met the Fifth Dalai Lama. " The Mongols, in turn, conferred Mongolian titles upon the Gelug administrators. Afterwards, Gushri Khan returned to the Kokonor region where he had decimated Chogthu's army a year before. Then Gushri Khan's spies intercepted a letter to the Tsang Desi from the Chieftain of Beri who controlled the region of Kham. The letter revealed his scheme to attack the Gelugpas in response to the defeat of Chogthu. 40 THE MONGOL INVASION. 1639-1642 Mongol Invasion 1639-1642 Gushri Khan quickly responded by sending a letter to the Fifth Dalai Lama, informing him of his intent and his readiness to attack first the Beri chieftain in Kham and then the Tsang Desi.

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