17th Gyalwang Karmapa Woodstock NY May 19 2008

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Karmapa's Dream Flag Official Version
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The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa

His Holiness Rangjung Rigpe Dorje,
the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa
Unusual Photo of H.H. the 16th Karmapa

Karmapa's Dream Flag Official Version
The Karmapa's official Namkhyen Gyaldar  Dream Flag

Karmapa Performs the Black Crown Ceremony at Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge NH on Sept 14 1980
we were there and can be seen at  14:56, 15:20 and 16:25


Karma Triyana Dharmachakra ( Seat of the 17 Karmapa in America)

The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, well known for his visions and prophesies, designed this flag from a vision that came to him in a dream. He called it Namkhyen Gyaldar (Victorious Flag of Buddhas Wisdom). He proclaimed, "Wherever this banner is flown the Dharma will flourish."

According to the outer meaning the blue represents the sky or heaven. The yellow symbolizes the earth. The wave symbolizes the Buddhadharma penetrating heaven and earth.

According to the inner meaning the blue represents vision and spiritual insight and the yellow symbolizes our experience of the everyday world. The symmetry of the wave pattern shows the interdependence of the absolute and relative levels of reality.

According to the secret meaning, the blue symbolizes emptiness-wisdom and the yellow represents compassionate action. The wave is Mahamudra: the union of compassion and wisdom- the ultimate realization of ones true nature.

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The simple presence of Karmapa would create a profound and lasting blessing on all people coming into contact with him. He himself said that a Buddha should be known by his laugh and it was said that when Karmapa laughed, which he did all the time, one would hear him several houses away.

He also demonstrated a complete ability to communicate with animals, e.g., at a course in Europe, a large raven tapped on the window where Karmapa was teaching. When let in, the bird flew directly to Karmapa, after which he instructed two people to go to a barn a few miles down the road where two other birds were trapped and starving. Of course the birds were discovered and rescued. [11] Rangjung Rigpe Dorje had a special fondness for birds and he considered a visit to the local petshop in every city in the world an essential part of his travels.

Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was considered by many to be a living Buddha. Like his predecessors, he was primarily a spiritual figure and therefore not involved in politics. He, instead, made efforts to keep the spiritual traditions of Tibet intact and in this way helped to preserve the identity of Tibet as a unique and individual culture. Spiritually, he is an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people across the world who meditate on him daily.

Shin bone relic attributed to the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, given to Drupon Dechen Rinpoche of Tsurphu Monastery in Tibet by Shamar Rinpoche. A Form of the Buddha Miraculously Appeared on the Bone.

Early picture of Kaygu Lamas with the 16th Karmapa


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