A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the by Shamar Rinpoche

By Shamar Rinpoche

The 10th Karmapa (1604–1674) lived via dramatic adjustments in Tibet, together with the increase to political supremacy of the 5th Dalai Lama and the Gelug sect following a Mongol invasion. considered as a amazing bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has mostly escaped the shut consciousness of contemporary students. during this ebook, Shamar Rinpoche, the Fourteenth Shamarpa, introduces the 10th Karmapa via his translations of the Karmapa’s autobiographical writings and an eighteenth century biography of him. As a right away lineage-descendant from the 6th Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—the Shamar Rinpoche stocks his specific wisdom and adventure via large annotations and a old assessment of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The lifestyles and instances of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented by way of maps and colour illustrations depicting locations the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific creative paintings, with a few item pictures being released for the 1st time.

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Although they were not intelligent, the administrators acted as if they were. 27 The aftermath of the war of 1639-1642 is discussed in chapter 8. 28 SH(TIB): Volume 1, 391-392 21 A GOLDEN SWAN IN TURBULENT WATERS They took revenge by requesting the Mongolians to loot the Karmapa's horse ranch. 29 This event is known to be the basis for the destruction of the well-being of Dharma and Tibetan society. The Sixth Shamarpa's poem on a scarf was another small incident, but the Dalai Lama's administrators took offense and fueled hostility towards Karmapa and the Karma Kagyu.

The Mongolians became frightened and withdrew. Kyisho Depa also ran away, and the ruling government confiscated everything of his. The Sera and Drepung monks and Kyisho Depa's men fled and scattered to Phenpo and north to Taglung. The Kurabpa and Tsangpa troops defeated all the monk armies. The head of Taglung (a Kagyu sect) arrived and acted as a mediator for the monks of Sera and Drepung. He asked that they be allowed to return to their respective Gelug monasteries. As a favor to the head ofTaglung, the Tsang government granted his plea.

37 SEVEN • THE MONGOL INVASION, 1639-1642 • Prelude to the Mongol Invasion During the first ten years of his rule, the Tsang Desi Karma Tenkyong Wangpo enjoyed relative peace from external threats. However, the attack of the Mongol Hal Hal in 1632 reminded him of his vulnerability and caused him to tighten his border security. As mentioned in the previous chapter, one border defense was the Tsang Desi's alliance with Chogthu, the Mongolian warlord who held the territory northeast of central Tibet, which spanned the Kokonor region beyond Lake Nagchukha.

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