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A Song by H.H. the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924 - 1981)

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In the Kagyu tradition of the Karmapas, songs of realization play an important role. They express the deep insights of enlightened masters regarding liberation from suffering and attainment of enlightenment. Specific songs also sometimes contain 'mundane' details about future predictions or specific circumstances within the society or world. Because of the importance of the Karmapas as enlightened leaders of a large community, songs and predictions about them are legion. In some instances, one Karmapa may also allude to the future or past circumstances of another Karmapa. "A Song," composed in 1941 while His Holiness was visiting Palpung Monastery in Tibet (the great seat of the Situpa Rinpoches), is regarded in the tradition as providing an example of the 16th Karmapa's insight into the trying times that were to beset Tibet shortly thereafter.


A song by H.H. the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924 - 1981)
This song is ala thala thala…