Famous Buddhist Teachers

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.

On eight day of the Water Monkey (1284) in a place Dingri Langkor in the western Tibet the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje was born. It is said that during labor the moon was rising and the kid, barely born, sat down and said:
- The moon has raised.
Small Rangjung Dorje was highly developed child. Once, when he was three years old, he was playing with friends and suddenly asked his mother to make a throne for him. When his parents built a kind of throne, the boy sat on it, put on a black hat and announced that he was Karmapa.

Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi was born on 1206 in a family of descendants of Dharma-king Trisong Detsen who ruled in the VII century. His parents, who faithfully practiced Dharma, named their son Chedzin.
The boy was maturing much more rapidly than his peers and six years old he could read and write well. When he was ten he realized the essence of the Buddha teachings. Apart of intellectual gifts, Chedzin had an intuitive ability to calm his mind and keep it in a state of one-pointedness.

Düsum Khyenpa, the first Karmapa in the future, was born on the year of the Iron Tiger (1110) in the snowy heights of Eastern Tibet, province of Kham. The first Dharma teachings he received from his parents who were advanced practitioners of Buddhist teachings themselves. When Düsum Khyenpo was eleven years old he had a vision of Mahakali, the feminine form of protective energy. Her appearance was a sign of extraordinary spiritual abilities of the boy.

Karmapa is the head Lama of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism since the XII century.
The first Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193) was a yogi from the Kham, a region in the eastern Tibet. He arrived to the monastery of Gampopa Sonam Rinchen (1079–1153), one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers of the time, a direct disciple of Milarepa, around 1140. Karmapa was already very familiar with the teachings of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist schools and Gampopa immediately noticed his extraordinary abilities, even though his behavior was not always perfect.