a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje was born at Khaytri Tang in the Golok
province in the far North East of Tibet. The sixth Shamarpa, Chokyi
Wangchuk, identified and enthroned the Karmapa and transmitted all
the teachings of the Kagyu lineage to him.
Dorje travelled far and wide in Tibet, teaching and benefiting beings
in many other ways. However, due to a pact between the Mongol ruler
Goshir Khan and the fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lozang Gyamtso, who
was the first Dalai Lama to become Tibet's ruler, the Karmapa underwent
many difficulties, and the Kagyu doctrine became very weak as a
result of the political climate. Due to this sectarian persecution
the Karmapa had to leave Tibet.
travelled through Nepal and Burma to Yunnan in China. Choying Dorje
constructed many monasteries in the areas he travelled through.
He was able to return to Tibet after twenty years in exile.
He found and enthroned the
seventh Shamarpa, Yeshe Nyingpo, and transmitted the entire cycle
of the Kagyu teachings. Yeshe Nyingpo became the guru of the eleventh
Karmapa, Yeshe Dorje.
Choying Dorje passed away in his seventieth year.
Seventh Shamarpa, Yeshe Nyinpo (1631-1694)