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Contains with short biographies of all 16 past Karmapas, especially composed for this assortment via the hugely revered 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. the following, the reader notice the compelling histories of the 1st Tibetan masters to be well-known as reincarnate lamas.

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Down the center of the hall in a path leading to the high throne, glowing with color, were long rows of offerings: silver and gold vases, ritual cups, offering bowls of varying sizes stacked four tiers high, tall tea servers, Tibetan rugs, long stacks of brick tea, bright red and blue bags filled with barley, wheat, rice, and other foods the Tibetans enjoy, and musical instruments—reed horns, shorter horns of silver, radungs, silveradorned conch shells, and rows of cymbals of all sizes and shapes, their concentric circles punctuating the rich colors and shapes.

This gave him the firm conviction that all these traditions are worthy of faith and respect. Within his own tradition, the Karmapa mentioned that he felt a special affinity for the collected works of the fifteenth Karmapa, Khakhyab Dorje, and read them extensively. 66 It is said that his skill in these meditations arises through his direct and unhindered wisdom. The Karmapa was expert in the detailed and complex tasks of the shrine master (vajracharya) which demand unwavering concentration and an impeccable memory.

On a footpath to the northeast of the retreat house, an immense boulder sits next to the trail. The Karmapa stroked it with his zen (monk’s shawl) and his mantra, Karmapa khyenno, appeared clearly on the rock face in dark red letters. The following day (March 4, 1996), the Karmapa again walked up to the peaks behind Tsurphu and once more stopped at Damchen to take a rest. While there, he laid both his hands on a rock and left a double imprint in the stone. All the monks who had accompanied him on the outing saw these clearly.

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