a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
Fourth Karmapa, Rolpai Dorje (1340-1383)
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
Fourth Karmapa, Rolpai Dorje was born in the Kongpo province of
Central Tibet. As soon as he was born he sat up and recited, 'Om
Mani Padme Hum Hri', the mantra of Chenrezig.
The secretary of the previous
Karmapa, Rinchen Pal, had been given instructions that indicated
the next reincarnation and, following these indications, he found
At the age of six Rolpei Dorje
received the refuge vows and the precepts of a lay-practitioner
from Tokden Gon Gyalwa, with whom he studied and practised the Tantrayana.
At the age of twelve, on a
journey to Central Tibet, he met with Gyalwa Yungton Dorje Pal.
The young Karmapa told him of many events relating to Rangjung Dorje,
the previous Karmapa. This convinced Gyalwa Yungton that the boy
was the authentic reincarnation of his guru. Rolpei Dorje informed
him that he would, in this life, be his teacher and requested him
to transmit all the Kagyu teachings to him. Having finished his
education, the Karmapa travelled throughout Tibet and China spreading
the Kagyu doctrine.
foremost disciple was the second Shamarpa, who became the next lineage
Rolpei Dorje passed away at
the age of forty-three.
second Shamarpa, Kacho Wangpo (1350-1405)