Monday, 26 October 2009

Anniversary of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa

(Photo courtesy of Kagyu Samye Ling)

Today is the anniversary of Karmapa Rangjung Rigpé Dorje, the sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa (1924-1981). Head of one of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Kagyü, the Karmapa was born in Denkhok of the Derge province in east Tibet.

He was enthroned at a young age at Tsurphu monastery, the main Karmapa seat in Tibet, by Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of his main teachers.

He left Tibet in 1959, establishing his main seat in exile at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.

Rinpoche taught at the Rigpa centre in London in November 1977, together with Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.

The Karma Kagyü website has a full biography of the 16th Karmapa if you would like to know more.

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