a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
Fourteenth Karmapa, Thegchog Dorje (1798-1868)
from Additional Records of the Golden Kagyu Lineage (gser-phreng-ka-skhong)
by Topga Yulgyal
Fourteenth Karmapa, Thegchog Dorje was born in the Danang
village of the Do Kham region in Eastern Tibet. Drukchen Kunzig
Chokyi Nangwa who had been entrusted with the thirteenth Karmapa's
letter that indicated this reincarnation, identified Thegchog Dorje
as the fourteenth Karmapa.
Karmapa received ordination from Drukchen Kunzig Chokyi Nangwa and
Situ Pema Nyinche Wangpo. He also obtained all the Kagyu instructions
from these two masters. Jamgon Lodro Thaye, a close disciple, also
gave teachings to the Karmapa as he had received rare Tercho teachings
that Thegchog Dorje had not been able to obtain.
Karmapa travelled throughout Tibet spreading the Kagyu teachings.
He found and identified the reincarnation of the tenth Situpa, Pema
Kunzang. He gave the innermost Kagyu teachings to Jamgon Lodro Thaye
who became the next lineage holder.
Thegchog Dorje passed away
in his sixtieth year.
Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899)