As the second millennium drew to a close, the Seventeenth Karmapa leapt from the roof of his monastery in Tibet. Evading his Chinese guards, the fourteen-year-old spiritual leader began a grueling, dangerous journey to India. The Karmapa's picture has appeared all over the world since then, yet his own words are hard to find. Now for the first time in print, Music in the Sky offers a series of the Karmapa's profound teachings an extensive selection of his poetry and a detailed and gripping account of his life and flight from his homeland.
Readers will be captivated by this wonderfully accessible and profound book. Music in the Sky concludes with brief biographies of all sixteen previous Karmapas, specially composed for this collection by the highly respected Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Here the reader will discover the compelling histories of the first Tibetan masters to be recognized as reincarnate lamas. Music in the Sky presents a definitive portrait of the Seventeenth Karmapa, strengthened and illuminated by an authoritative depiction of his place in one of the world's most revered lines of spiritual teachers.
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"I was so very surprised and happy when I read the profound poem by the 17th Karmapa as he wrote about his escape from Tibet in a poetic form. Even my poems do not have this quality or profundity. From that point onwards I realized that the Karmapa is in fact a being who possesses the clarity of inner wisdom, who is very keen to learn Buddhist logic and philosophy. I told many others about the poem and how wonderful it was from the point of view of his knowledge of Dharma and the wisdom within."—H.H. the Dalai Lama