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Books by and about the Karmapas



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Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Reader’s Guide

The importance of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on the Karma Kagyu tradition quite simply cannot be overstated.  Since he was recognized as a Tulku of the previous Thrangu Rinpoche in 1938 by the 16th Ka...

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Freedom Fighter | An Excerpt from The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

British Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun Freda's Mission Her home and working life established, Freda threw herself wholeheartedly into her mission to free India from imperialism and t...

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Jamgön Kongtrul Reader’s Guide

Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye was one of the greatest masters of Tibetan history, who the Tibetologist Gene Smith referred to as Tibet’s Leonardo. It’s difficult to imagine a master who was so lear...

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The Discovery and Recognition of Ogyen Trinley Dorje

The Tai Situpa wore the amulet until the end of 1990 when, on  retreat, he had a sudden inspiration to open it. Inside he found an envelope  with the sixteenth Karmapa's writing: "To be opened in ...

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Excerpts on Life of the 17th Karmapa

The following article is from the Spring, 2003 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here. Ogyen Trinley Dorje Music in the Sky: The Life, Art and Teachings of the 17th Karmapa By Michele Martin   The first...
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The Third Karmapa: True Nature of Mind

The Eight Kinds of Consciousness by Rangjung Dorje The Third Karmapa For the meditation on the nature of your own mind it is customary to ask your teacher for pointing-out instructions. Some practitioners are lucky enough to realize their true nature of mind straight away, whereas others merely perceive...
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The Great Kagyu Masters

One year, as the seventh month of the Tibetan calendar was drawing to a close, he was staying in solitude at Chuwar at Drok Menlung when a plague befell the people, killing many humans and animals. On the eleventh day of the following month, as the sun set, a young woman wearing pearl and turquoise ornaments...
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The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition

Excerpts from the Preface Given the number of studies on Madhyamaka in general and the quantity of translations of Madhyamaka texts into Western languages, one might well wonder what the point of yet another book on this topic, with yet another translation of the ninth chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara,...
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