Prophecy of The 5th Karmapa (1384 - 1415)
Some of the details of the Seventeenth Karmapa's life were foretold in the prophecy of the Fifth Karmapa.
Some prophecies regarding the life of His Holiness predicted difficulties during the transition from the 16th to the 17th Karmapa.
In particular, the vision of Chogyur Dechen Lingpa indicates that there would be a disagreement over the Karmapa that would be resolved by focusing on the inseparability of the mind of the Karmapa and Tai Situ Rinpoche. The prophecy of the 5th Karmapa, Deshin Shekpa (1384 - 1415), provided an even more detailed vision of the time of transition.
A Heart Emanation of Padmasambhava for Tibet
The 5th Karmapa predicted that the 17th Karmapa would triumph over obstacles which would threaten the continuity of the Kagyu lineage. The following sequence of lines, which focuses on the transition between is excerpted from the a more extended passage in the prophecy:
Many see in the growing activity of the 17th Karmapa the dispelling of obstacles in Tibet, India and throughout the world, and the increasingly vivid manifestation of the heart-fulfillment of vision of the Karmapas.
HH Gyalwa Karmapa
Detailed biographical information about His Holiness the 17th Karmapa is available from the drop down menus above. The materials are divided into:
17th Karmapa (His Holiness's current activities and schedule)
Background (Kagyu history regarding predictions about the 17th Karmapa)
In Tibet (His Holiness's early years, enthronement in Tibet and activity at Tsurphu Monastery)
In India (The Karmapa's escape to India and activities in India)
Reference (Official releases from the Kagyu Office and historical background documents referenced in other sections)
When not traveling, His Holiness holds regular public audiences at his temporary camp at the Gyuto Ramoche Tantric University in Dharamsala, HP, India
Kagyu Office of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (about the Kagyu Office)
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