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Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal
Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal
By: Jim Rheingans
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This book investigates Mikyo Dorje's biographies and carries out case studies of some of his mahamudra (Great Seal) teachings, Buddhist instructions for the acquisition of meditative insight. After surveying a variety of textual sources for the study of the Karmapa's life and works, this book shows how he developed into one of the most productive scholars of his tradition, who, located within the shifting religious and political hegemonies of his time, managed to acquire a status of singular importance to his school. Rheingans then goes on to analyse Mikyo Dorje's mahamudra teachings by examining selected texts that contain such instructions in historical and doctrinal context. This study contends that the Kagyupa mahamudra constitutes less a static system than an independent key instruction to be adapted by the guru to different students' requirements and are thus chiefly characterised by didactic pragmatism.

Guru Yoga for the Four Sessions of Mikyo Dorje <br> By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Guru Yoga for the Four Sessions of Mikyo Dorje
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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The subject for this [presentation] is the Guru Yoga [for the Four Sessions] by Karmapa Mikyo Dorje. If we look at the tradition [of the teachings] of the Buddha, we [find] that he predicted that the Karmapa would appear in the future. The meaning of [the name] "Karmapa" is 'buddha activity". "Buddha activity" can be interpreted in many different ways, such as continually spreading or carrying on the activity of the Buddha in the future and guiding sentient beings.
History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet <br>By:  Karma Thinley
History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet
By: Karma Thinley
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The Karmapa is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Thinley presents the biographies of all the Karmapas, based on his translations from numerous Tibetan sources. These biographies are not only histories of the training and teaching of these great teachers; they are also inspirational texts used to cultivate devotion in the practitioner.
Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy <br> Chogyur Lingpa/By: Kagyu Thubten Choling
Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy
Chogyur Lingpa/By: Kagyu Thubten Choling
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Karmapa the Sacred Prophecy
-While visiting Karma Monastery in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, the great nineteenth century master Chogyur Dechen Lingpa was granted a prophetic vision of twenty-one incarnations of Karmapa, the supreme head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Chogyur Lingpa described his vision in detail to Karmai Khenchen Rinchen Tarjay, Supreme Abbot of Karma Monastery, who painted a representation of the prophecy on silk. Disciples of Chogjur Lingpa committed his oral description of the vision to writing, in a text later printed in woodblock at the renowned monastery of Mindroling.