a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204-1283)
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi was born at Chilay Tsakto in Eastern
Tibet. By the age of six he was fully proficient in reading and
writing, even though he had had no teacher. At ten he just needed
to read a text once to understand and remember the contents.
At this time the young Karmapa
set out on a journey to Central Tibet in order to make further studies
there. On the way he met with Pomdragpa Sonam Dorje who told him
to remain with him as he had had a vision of Dusum Khyenpa who told
him that the young boy would become a lineage holder.
Karma Pakshi received the
entire cycle of the Kagyu teachings from him. He became a famous
siddha with extraordinary powers and accomplishments. He had disciples
throughout Tibet, Mongolia and China. Among his foremost students
were Drubtop Urgyenpa, who became the next lineage holder. Karma
Pakshi passed away in his eightieth year.