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Teaching on His Holiness Karmapa

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Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

From the text “The Lives of the Karmapas”
by Mendong Tsampa Rinpoche February 20 and 21, 1999
Translator: Yeshe Gyamtso
Vol 15 No 1



I have been living and teaching here for many years and up till now have not had the auspicious opportunity to teach in the early part of the New Year.
Today is not only close to the beginning of the year but it is the third day of the Tibetan year, which is considered especially sacred. Therefore I am delighted to have this opportunity to begin a new cycle of teaching on this auspicious day. Because of the day on which these teachings are beginning, I felt that the most auspicious and beneficial explanation to give, would be about the lives of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa.
When you study the biographies of the Gyalwang Karmapas you come to the conclusion that each one seems even more magnificent and bearing even greater blessings than the one before him. Therefore it would be impossible to attempt to choose from among them and say, t…