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A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the Tenth Karmapa Choying Dorje Paperback – August 14, 2012
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Shamar Rinpoche is the Fourteenth Shamarpa, Mipham Chokyi Lodro. The Shamarpa or “Red Hat Lama of Tibet” is Tibetan Buddhism’s second oldest reincarnate lineage after the Karmapa’s lineage. He is in a direct line of descent from the Sixth Shamarpa who figures prominently in this book as the guru of the Tenth Karmapa. Born in 1952, Shamar Rinpoche was recognized by the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa in Tibet in 1957 and, after their escape to India, was enthroned as the Fourteenth Shamarpa in 1963. Following many years of study with Buddhist scholars, he began in 1980 to spread the Buddha Dharma, teaching at Karma Kagyu centers throughout the world. In 1996 he started to organize Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, a network of centers on five continents that practice a non-sectarian approach to Buddhism. Shamar Rinpoche has published two previous books. Creating a Transparent Democracy: A New Model (2006) is the first book written about democracy by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher. It lays out a framework for establishing a genuine democratic system of governance that promotes the welfare and prosperity of a country’s citizens. In The Path to Awakening (2009), Shamar Rinpoche insightfully elucidates Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s Seven Points of Mind Training. The Path to Awakening is both a guide to living a fulfilling life as a Buddhist and a comprehensive manual of meditation techniques.
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People with negative minds cannot even recognize Highly Realized Beings such as The Black Hat and The Red Hat Lamas.
The people who had held the political powers for centuries caused the pain, suffering and controversies we experience even today.
Understanding these interdependencies with the help of the facts presented in this book can make our world today a better place.
On top of these all, knowing more about the lives of The Black Hat and The Red Hat Lamas can help us to understand how genuine and precious they are thus in turn can help their students to develop more openness towards them and this way receive the benefit of their blessing more, to develop quicker and further on the path towards liberation and enlightenment and so experience a much more meaningful life for the benefit of all beings...
The biography is beautiful and inspiring. The 10th Karmapa had to surmount many obstacles during his life time but he was definitely a great bodhisattva. Just by reading his writings I can understand that he was a very humble person and a very powerful teacher. I also felt very moved to see the connection between Karmapa and Shamarpa. As always, biographies of great Tibetan masters have the power to change your perspective in life and in your mind. I recommend this biography to anyone interested in the Karma Kagyu history.
Once the decision to be a bodhisattva is taken - there is no going back. This book shows the ultimate choice.
Such a huge inspiration.
Enjoy the reading or readings - as I am sure it will be a repeat read over the years.