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The Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi

Tibetan Mahasiddha
Paperback Book
August, 2022
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The life and writings of a Tibetan meditation master who became the Buddhist priest to two Mongol emperors and is recognized as one of the earliest reincarnated lamas in Tibet.

Born in East Tibet in the thirteenth century, Karma Pakshi is considered influential in the development of the reincarnate lama tradition, a system which led to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. Karma Pakshi himself was the first master to be named Karmapa, a lineage that continues to modern times and has millions of admirers worldwide. During his lifetime, Karma Pakshi was widely acknowledged as a mahsiddhaa great spiritual adeptand was therefore invited to the Mongol court at the apogee of its influence in Asia. He gave spiritual advice and meditation instructions to the emperor Mngke Khan, whom he advised to engage in social policies, to release prisoners, and to adopt a vegetarian diet. After Mngkes death, Karma Pakshi was imprisoned by the successor emperor Qubilai Khan, and much of Karma Pakshis writing was done while he was captive in North-East China. He was eventually released and returned to Tibet, where he commissioned one of the medieval worlds largest metal statues, a seated Buddha 60 feet high. Two later Buddhist meditation masters, the First Mingyur Rinpoche and Chgyam Trungpa Rinpoche, were centuries later inspired by Karma Pakshi to write meditation practices that are profoundly important to contemporary Tibetan Buddhist practitioners: the Karma Pakshi Guru Yoga and the Sdhana of Mahmudr.

This first-ever comprehensive biography of Karma Pakshi in English reveals new information about a pivotal historical figure in the development of Tibetan Buddhism. Also included are translations of several newly available songs attributed to Karma Pakshi and of ten excerpts of his writings on reincarnation, meditation, dreams, visionary experiences, tantra, and consecration.

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