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The Karmapas

 

The Gyalwa Karmapa is known to be the first recognized incarnate lama of Tibet. After some significant lives as accomplisher in India, he has chosen his further rebirths north of the Himalayas. Since the 12th century the Karmapas are the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage and responsible for the duration of the transmission. H.H. 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, who left Tibet in 1959 because of the Chinese invasion, saved the unique methods of knowing the nature of mind and has brought it to modern world with the assistance of his western students. The current Karmapa, H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, was born in 1983 and left suppressed Tibet to free India in 1994.

List of all Karmapas

  1. Dusum Khyenpa, 1110 - 1193
  2. Karma Pakshi, 1204 - 1283
  3. Rangjung Dorje, 1284 - 1339
  4. Rolpe Dorje, 1340 - 1383
  5. Deshin Shegpa, 1384 - 1415
  6. Tongwa Donden, 1416 - 1453
  7. Chodrag Gyamtso, 1454 - 1506
  8. Mikyo Dorje, 1507 - 1554
  9. Wangchug Dorje, 1556 - 1603
  10. Choying Dorje, 1604 - 1674
  11. Yeshe Dorje, 1676 - 1702
  12. Changchub Dorje, 1703 - 1732
  13. Dudul Dorje, 1733 - 1797
  14. Thegchog Dorje, 1798 - 1868
  15. Khakyab Dorje, 1871 - 1922
  16. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 1924 - 1981
  17. Trinley Thaye Dorje, 1983 - present