By Shamar Rinpoche
The 10th Karmapa (1604–1674) lived via dramatic adjustments in Tibet, together with the increase to political supremacy of the 5th Dalai Lama and the Gelug sect following a Mongol invasion. considered as a amazing bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has mostly escaped the shut awareness of contemporary students. during this ebook, Shamar Rinpoche, the Fourteenth Shamarpa, introduces the 10th Karmapa via his translations of the Karmapa’s autobiographical writings and an eighteenth century biography of him. As a right away lineage-descendant from the 6th Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—the Shamar Rinpoche stocks his certain wisdom and event via wide annotations and a historic evaluation of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The existence and instances of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented by way of maps and colour illustrations depicting locations the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific creative paintings, with a few item photos being released for the 1st time.
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Later in the 18'h century, Tibet became subject to Qing's laws and edicts. China stationed troops in Lhasa, and a Chinese amban 30 exercised authority over the Tibetan government. The Qing rule ofTibet continued until the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and today forms an important basis for China's claim on Tibet. This issue has no clear end in sight, which proves true the Sixth Sharmapa's prediction in his poem on a scarf. 29 This second looting differs from the one mentioned at the end of chapter 2 when the angry Gelug administrators encouraged their Mongolian followers to loot the farms ofTsurphu Monastery after they had misinterpreted the congratulatory poem of Shamarpa as insulting.
This posed a serious but not insurmountable problem for the Gaden Monastery's chief administrator, Sonam Chopal, and his colleagues in Lhasa who needed to remain in contact with their Mongol supporters. Chogthu's long border with Mongolia was simply too difficult to seal completely. In the early 1630's, the Tsang Desi had formed an alliance against the Mongols with the ruler of the Beri kingdom in eastern Tibet (Kham), a practitioner of the Bon43 religion. The Beri ruler attacked some Gelug monasteries near his territory.
Shakabpa does not indicate which year, but Bey Lotsawa's biography of the Tenth Karmapa states that when Karmapa was twelve years old (1616), Desi Phuntsok Namgyal invited him and Pawo and Tehor Rinpoches. This was the first time the Tenth Karmapa travelled to central 32 It is not clear whether this person is the same as Sonam Chopal, the Fourth Dalai Lama's chief administrator. 28 TIBET UNDER THE SAKYA. PHAGDRU AND TSANG RULE Tibet and visited Tsurphu Monastery; at the time he was still under the custody of Chagmo Lama.
A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje by Shamar Rinpoche