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History of 16 Karmapas Paperback – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570626448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570626449
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karma Thinley Rinpoche, born in East Tibet is a meditation master, artist, and scholar. He is the founder of the Kampo Gangra group of Buddhist centers in Canada, America, and Great Britain.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elbert D. Porter on June 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
The lives of the Karmapas, successive reincarnations of the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, are here told in an almost textbook-like fashion. This happened, then that happened. There are no dramatic flourishes, no author's interpretations, to pretty it up. Nor is there a need for such narrative artistry. The subject matter is exotic enough, and the lives are fascinating in simple outline. This is essentially a history book intended for readers who are already interested in the Tibetan tradition of tulkus and/or the Karma Kagyu school.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Salizbury on August 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Though this book was written years ago, it remains a very reliable source for the histories of the previous 16 Karmapas. How they were discovered, who discovered them, their main disciples, and central contributions to Buddhism and to their lineage are all presented with clarity. Each Karmapa has a special gift: some were great scholars, others consummate artists, and some wrote beautiful practice texts. This book gives ready access to the wonderful and varied histories of the Karmapas, who were the first reincarnate lamas of Tibet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Newmark on December 20, 2013
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A short biography of each of the Karmapas, the lineage holders of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The introduction alone is worth so much. It explains how to understand the more fantastic-sounding events in the stories.
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