a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
8th Shamarpa, Chokyi Dondrub
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
8th Shamarpa, Chokyi Dondrub was born in Helampur, Nepal, to a Nepalese
family. The eleventh Karmapa, Yeshe Dorje, sent a representative
from Tibet to Nepal with exact instructions as to the whereabouts
of the Shamarpa.
At the age of seven, Shamarpa
Chokyi Dondrub was brought to Tibet and was enthroned by the 11th
Karmapa, who took charge of his training.
Chokyi Dondrub in turn identified
the twelfth Karmapa, Changchub Dorje, and became his guru. Both
travelled to Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, India and China, where they
taught extensively. Both the 12th Karmapa and the 8th Shamarpa passed
away in China with only one day between their deaths.
Twelfth Karmapa, Changchub Dorje (1703-1735)