a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
6th Sharmarpa, Chokyi Wangchuk
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
6th Sharmarpa, Chokyi Wangchuk was
recognized by the ninth Karmapa, who was his main guru. He also
received teachings from many other masters and is famed for his
deep insight. By the age of seventeen he had memorized fifty volumes
of sutras and tantras, and because of his extraordinary skill as
a debator he was known as the Pandita of the North, the Omniscient
Shamarpa in whom the great Manjushri delights.
Chokyi Wangchuk became the
guru of Central Tibet's ruler Desi Tsangpa and taught extensively
throughout the region. During his travels in East Tibet he recognized
and became the guru of the tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje. At the
time there was unrest in this part of the country. Chokyi Wangchuk
was sucessfull in mediating a peaceful settlemen to the conflict.
His travels also took him to Nepal, where he taught Buddhism in
its original classical language Sanskrit to the King Laxman Naran
Singh as well as to others who showed interest and devotion.
Chokyi Wangchuk passed away
in the mountains of Helampur in Nepal in the vicinity of a cave
where Tibet's great yogi, Milarepa, had meditated. The sixth Shamarpa
wrote ten treatises that explain the meanings of both the sutra
and the tantra traditions.
Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604-1674)