Famous Buddhist Teachers

Thirteenth Karmapa Dudul Dorje was born in Chawa Drong – a village located in four days journey from Lhasa, - on eighth month in year of Water Bull (1733). Shortly before this auspicious event Lama Katog Tsewang Norbu had a vision in which this village clearly was seen as a birthplace of new Karmapa.
Once in a dream Dharma Protector Mahakala appeared to him, the Black Coat of Vajra. First he appeared to Karmapa in a form of small boy, dressed in white silk clothes and holding a crystal dish, filled with flowers. Dudul Dorje asked him:- Who are you?

Twelfth Karmapa Changchub Dorje was born in Dege region in Kham, Eastern Tibet in the year of Water Sheep (1703).His village was located on the bank Golden river, as it was pointed out by Yeshe Dorje in his prediction letter. Shortly before his birth, tertön Minjur Dorje noticed his father that something very auspicious is expected in their family. The family of Changchub Dorje was from a clan of descendants of the great king Trisong Detsen.
It is said that at age of two months the boy declared:
- I am Karmapa!

Eleventh Karmapa Yeshe Dorje (1676–1702) had the shortest lifespan of all Karmapas, but he was exceptional teacher. Once he manifested himself in many bodies and was giving teachings in each of them. He had many predictive visions, according to one of them he found the new incarnation of Shamarpa in Nepal and later introduced the Red Hat as an attribute of all Shamarpas. Yeshe Dorje was meditating a lot together with the best meditation masters of Nyingma school. Change of power in Lhasa, 5th Dalai-lama departs.

Tenth Karmapa Chöying Dorje was living when difficult times hit Tibet. Regent of 5th Lobsang Gyatso, the future Dalai-lama, requested the aid of Güshi Khan, Mongolian Emperor to invade Tibet, to turn over the power to Gelug school and enthrone Lobsang Gyatso as a ruler of Tibet, Dali-lama. Tenth Karmapa had to spend most of his time in exile, however he had many good students, found new incarnations of Shamarpa ang Gyaltsab and was known for his limitless compassion. Chöying Dorje (1604–1674) and his biography, read more....

Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje was born on seventh month in 1555. His biographers say that right after his birth he wiped his face three times and proclaimed:
- I am Karmapa!
Soon baby became famous and rumours about him reached also Situ Rinpoche, who was living in Karma monastery. Circumstances of boy’s birth coincided to those details given in a prediction letter of Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, which he has written on 28th year of his life. Situ Rinpoche noticed it and sent two assistants to look to the kid. They came to a conclusionthe boy really is Karmapa. Then Situ Rinpoche noticed high lamas at Tsurphu that new Karmapa is finally found.

On a fourth day of eleventh month in 1507 in Damchu in Eastern Tibet, Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje was born. After his first breath the new-born opened his eyes and declared:
- Karmapa.
Rumours about the extraordinary child spread around very soon and reached Tashi Paljor, Third Situ Rinpoche, who immediately noticed the place of boy’s birth coincides with that predicted in the letter of Seventh Karmapa.

Seventh Karmapa Chödrak Gyamtso was born in the first month of 1454 in the north of Tibet. His father's name was Dragpa Paldrub and his mother was Lhamo Kyi. When boy was still in his infancy he was announced as incarnation of the spiritual teacher and in his first year of life he demonstrated the maturity that people more and more were convinced this must be true. Once he spontaneously pronounced syllables AH and Hung, adding to it the following words:
- There is nothing except an emptiness in the world. People think there is a matter, but they are wrong. There is no birth nor death for me.

Sixth Karmapa Thongwa Dönden was born in 1416 in Ngoma, near Karma Gon Monastery, in Kham, that was founded by first Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa in 12th century. Thus he kept his promise given to residents of the eastern region in his previous incarnation.
Parents of the future Karmapa were devoted to Buddha teachings. While his mother was pregnant, she and her husband had unusual dreams. Now, looking to the new-born son, they both agreed he is somewhat extraordinary.

Deshin Shekpa, Fifth Karmapa, was born at the dawn of the eighteenth day of the sixth month of year of Wood Mouse (1384), in a family of yogi Guru Rinchen and his wife Lhamo Kyi. The period of his mother’s pregnancy was marked by many favorable events, and people heard how immediately after his birth Deshin Shekpa exclaimed:
- I prostrate to all Buddhas. I am Karma Pakshi. Om Mani Peme Hung.

While the mother of the future Fourth Karmapa was pregnant, many auspicious signs appeared in her dreams that heralded the birth of a great Teacher. On the eighth day of the third month in the year of Iron Dragon (1340) Rolpe Dorje, Fourth Karmapa, was born. From the baby’s lips were coming sounds of six-syllable mantra and a delicate fragrance was radiating from his body.
When he was a kid, Rolpe Dorje often manifested his extraordinary abilities. At age of three he declared:
- I am Karma Pakshi. Many of my students are here, that’s why I came.

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