Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603)
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
Dorje was born in the region of Treshod in Eastern Tibet. As soon
as he was born the child sat up, wiped his face and declared, 'I
am the Karmapa!' Very soon people from the area started talking
about this unusual child.
Nangso Chokyong Tashi, a follower of the previous Karmapa, had been
told by him that he would serve the next Karmapa. He thus went to
see the child in Treshod and brought him to the Kyamo Lhundrub Tse
fame of the child spread far and wide, reaching Shamar Konchog Yenlag
and Situ Chokyi Gocha. Both determined that the child was the Karmapa
reincarnation. Situpa went to see him and offered the long-life
empowerment of Amitayus, the Buddha of Boundless Light.
met with the new Karmapa at a place called Lhundrub Tse. He gave
the young boy the refuge vows and taught him extensively.
Dorje received the entire cycle of Kagyu teachings from Shamar Konchog
Yenlag. The Karmapa travelled far and wide in Tibet. He taught the
Dharma and frequently acted as a mediator in different parts of
the country where there was unrest. He also improved the living
conditions of many. Hence he was regarded as Tibet's contemporary
found the sixth Shamar reincarnation, Chokyi Wangchuk, who became
his principal disciple and the next lineage holder. Wangchuk Dorje
passed away in his forty-seventh year.
Sixth Shamarpa, Chokyi Wangchuk (1584-1629)