“You are the single embodiment of all the life examples, qualities and activity
Of all infinite victorious ones combined.
Protector of the Land of Snows, Gyalwang Karmapa,
Blissful Khakhyab Dorje, we supplicate you.”
—from Supplication To The Karmapas (full text)
The Fifteenth Karmapa, Khakyab
Dorje, was born with the very
auspicious circle of hair between the
eyebrows (found on the young
Sakyamuni and known as one of the
32 marks of an enlightened being).
Born with the very auspicious circle of hair between the eyebrows (found on the young Sakyamuni and known as one of the 32 marks of an enlightened being), Khakyab Dorje spoke the mantra of Avalokiteshvara at his birth in Sheikor village of the Tsang province in central Tibet. He was recognized and enthroned by the Kyabgon Drukchen, Migyur Wanggi Gyalpo along with Jamgon Kongtrul, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa, and Pawo Tsuklak Nyinchey.
He grew up receiving a very thorough education from very famous scholars and eventually received the Kagyu transmission from Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, who also passed on to him the essence of his hundred compositions embracing the profound teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, as well as the fields of medicine, art, linguistics and general Buddhist studies. He studied with many great masters such as Khenchen Tashi Ozer.
He continued his activities of teaching and giving empowerments throughout Tibet, and preserved many rare texts by having them reprinted. Khakyab Dorje is the first in the line of Karmapas to get married, and had three sons, one of whom was recognized as the second Jamgon Kongtrul Palden Khyentse Öser. His life was a brilliant example of the bodhisattva with an insatiable desire for learning in order to help other beings.
Among many disciples, his closest students were Tai Situ Pema Wangchok Gyalpo, Jamgon Kongtrul Palden Khyentse Öser, and Beru Khyentse Lodro Mize Jampe Gocha.
Some years before his passing into parinirvana, he entrusted a prediction letter to his closest attendant
Pema Wangchog Gyalpo was born in Lithang, east Tibet. He was recognized as the eleventh incarnation of Situ Rinpoche and enthroned by the Fifteenth Karmapa. He studied with many great masters of the time including Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye and Khenchen Shenga Rinpoche, and he became accomplished scholar of sutras and tantras. He received the extraordinary Kagyu lineage transmissions from the Fifteenth Karmapa and regarded him as the principal teacher.
Situ Pema Wangchok later found, enthroned, educated, and offered the full transmission of the Kagyu lineage to the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Rikpe Dorje.
These details about Pema Wangchok Gyalpo are compiled from Karma Gyaltsen's book called kam tshang yab sras dang dpal spungs dgon pa, Szechwan edition, pp. 91-97. May this be virtuous!
Palden Khyentse Öser was born at Tsurphu as a son of the 15th Karmapa. At the age of twelve, he was recognized as the second incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye and enthroned at Tsurphu by the 15th Karmapa. He spent many years at Tsadra Rinchen Trak, the seat of the First Jamgon Kongtrul and studied with excellent masters. He received the full education and lineage transmission from the Karmapa. He expanded his teaching activities throughout Tibet and benefited many beings in Tibet and China. Palden Khyentse Öser was one of the most renowned Mahamudra masters, and held the ultimate lineage.
He passed the innermost lineage of Mahamudra to the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rikpe Dorje.
These details about Palden Khyentse Öser are compiled from Karma Gyaltsen's book called kam tshang yab sras dang dpal spungs dgon pa, Szechwan edition, pp. 118-26.. May this be virtuous.
|1st Karmapa - Düsum Khyenpa|
|2nd Karmapa - Karma Pakshi|
|3rd Karmapa - Rangjung Dorje|
|4th Karmapa - Rolpe Dorje|
|5th Karmapa - Deshin Shekpa|
|6th Karmapa - Thongwa Dönden|
|Bengar Jampal Sangpo|
|Goshir Paljor Dhöndrup|
|7th Karmapa - Chödrak Gyatso|
|8th Karmapa - Mikyö Dorje|
|9th Karmapa - Wangchuk Dorje|
|10th Karmapa - Chöying Dorje|
|11th Karmapa - Yeshe Dorje|
|Palchen Chökyi Dhondrup|
|12th Karmapa - Changchub Dorje|
|13th Karmapa - Dudul Dorje|
|Mipham Chödrup Gyatso|
|Pema Nyinje Wangpo|
|14th Karmapa - Thekchok Dorje|
|15th Karmapa - Khakyab Dorje|
|Pema Wangchok Gyalpo|
|Palden Khyentse Öser|
|16th Karmapa - Rangjung Rigpe Dorje|
|17th Karmapa - Ogyen Trinley Dorje|