Buddhist Teachers & Lamas

Twelfth Karmapa Changchub Dorje was born in Dege region in Kham, Eastern Tibet in the year of Water Sheep (1703).His village was located on the bank Golden river, as it was pointed out by Yeshe Dorje in his prediction letter. Shortly before his birth, tertön Minjur Dorje noticed his father that something very auspicious is expected in their family. The family of Changchub Dorje was

Eleventh Karmapa Yeshe Dorje (1676–1702) had the shortest lifespan of all Karmapas, but he was exceptional teacher. Once he manifested himself in many bodies and was giving teachings in each of them. He had many predictive visions, according to one of them he found the new incarnation of Shamarpa in Nepal and later introduced the Red Hat as an attribute of all Shamarpas. Yeshe Dorje

Tenth Karmapa Chöying Dorje was living when difficult times hit Tibet. Regent of 5th Lobsang Gyatso, the future Dalai-lama, requested the aid of Güshi Khan, Mongolian Emperor to invade Tibet, to turn over the power to Gelug school and enthrone Lobsang Gyatso as a ruler of Tibet, Dali-lama. Tenth Karmapa had to spend most of his time in exile, however he had many good students,

Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje was born on seventh month in 1555. His biographers say that right after his birth he wiped his face three times and proclaimed: - I am Karmapa! Soon baby became famous and rumours about him reached also Situ Rinpoche, who was living in Karma monastery. Circumstances of boy’s birth coincided to those details given in a prediction letter of Karmapa Mikyo

On a fourth day of eleventh month in 1507 in Damchu in Eastern Tibet, Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje was born. After his first breath the new-born opened his eyes and declared: - Karmapa. Rumours about the extraordinary child spread around very soon and reached Tashi Paljor, Third Situ Rinpoche, who immediately noticed the place of boy’s birth coincides with that predicted in the letter of

Seventh Karmapa Chödrak Gyamtso was born in the first month of 1454 in the north of Tibet. His father's name was Dragpa Paldrub and his mother was Lhamo Kyi. When boy was still in his infancy he was announced as incarnation of the spiritual teacher and in his first year of life he demonstrated the maturity that people more and more were convinced this must

Sixth Karmapa Thongwa Dönden was born in 1416 in Ngoma, near Karma Gon Monastery, in Kham, that was founded by first Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa in 12 th century. Thus he kept his promise given to residents of the eastern region in his previous incarnation. Parents of the future Karmapa were devoted to Buddha teachings. While his mother was pregnant, she and her husband had unusual

Deshin Shekpa, Fifth Karmapa, was born at the dawn of the eighteenth day of the sixth month of year of Wood Mouse (1384), in a family of yogi Guru Rinchen and his wife Lhamo Kyi. The period of his mother’s pregnancy was marked by many favorable events, and people heard how immediately after his birth Deshin Shekpa exclaimed: - I prostrate to all Buddhas. I

While the mother of the future Fourth Karmapa was pregnant, many auspicious signs appeared in her dreams that heralded the birth of a great Teacher. On the eighth day of the third month in the year of Iron Dragon (1340) Rolpe Dorje, Fourth Karmapa, was born. From the baby’s lips were coming sounds of six-syllable mantra and a delicate fragrance was radiating from his body.

On eight day of the Water Monkey (1284) in a place Dingri Langkor in the western Tibet the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje was born. It is said that during labor the moon was rising and the kid, barely born, sat down and said: - The moon has raised. Small Rangjung Dorje was highly developed child. Once, when he was three years old, he was playing