By Shamar Rinpoche
The 10th Karmapa (1604–1674) lived via dramatic alterations 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 outstanding bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has principally escaped the shut awareness of recent students. during this e-book, 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 particular wisdom and event via vast annotations and a old evaluate of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The existence and instances of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented through maps and colour illustrations depicting locations the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific creative paintings, with a few item photos being released for the 1st time.
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Therefore, just as the meeting between him and the Sixth Shamarpa several years before was thwarted, so too was an opportunity to develop a rapprochement between the Gelugpa sect and the Tsang government. By early 1615, most of Kyisho Depa's territories had fallen under the control of the Tsang government. Two Mongolian warlords, the sons of warlord Kholoji, arrived in Lhasa with their armies. They were prepared to attack the Tsang government, but the Fourth Dalai Lama berated them and prevented their attack.
Chogthu's control of that key part of the Tibetan border prevented other Mongolians from using that route to enter Tibet. In east Tibet, the three kingdoms ofDerge, Nangchen (Gomde), and Beri were too distant from the center of Tsang power to pose any problem to the two Tsang Desis. However, in the late 1620's as the power of the Beri king grew and his territory began to expand eastward, the Tsang 39 SH(TIB): Volume 1, 401 34 TIBET UNITED Desi Karma Tenkyong Wangpo entered into alliance with him, and he defended the Tsang's eastern flank against possible Mongol incursions.
Sonam Chop a! , Gaden Phobrang. 20 A POTENTIAL RECONCILIATION THWARTED heaven in just three footsteps. Yet, the length of the earring stretched so that even Shiva with his incredible reach could not cover it. We can reasonably surmise that the Sixth Shamarpa's reference to a "tiny earring" was an allusion to the minor misunderstanding that happened when the administrators of the Gaden and Drepung monasteries mistakenly interpreted his congratulatory letter to Fourth Dalai Lama as an insult. This provoked some antagonism toward the Karma Kagyu that could have easily been resolved, if not for the later interference of the same administrators who prevented a meeting between the Sixth Shamarpa and Fourth Dalai Lama.
A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje by Shamar Rinpoche