Seventh Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso

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Karmapa, 7th

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PersonType Category:Classical Tibetan Authors
Category:Tulkus
MainNamePhon Seventh Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso
MainNameTib ཆོས་གྲགས་རྒྱ་མཚོ་
MainNameWylie chos grags rgya mtsho
AltNamesTib ཀརྨ་པ་བདུན་པ་
AltNamesWylie karma pa bdun pa
AltNamesOther Karmapa, 7th
BiographicalInfo
  • Enthroned at the age of 9 months on the lion throne of the sgar chen 'dzam gling rgyan chen, the encampment of the Karmapa.
  • He was responsible for the establishment of the karma grwa tshang bshad grwa.
  • He enjoyed the patronage of the ching hwa emperor.
  • He restored the teachings and discipline at 'bri gung.
  • Established the bre bo chu mdo rnam rgyal gling dgon pa in spo bo.
  • Created the smon lam gyi cho ga yan lag nyi shu pa.
  • According to the bod kyi gal che'i lo rgyus: born in khams rngod mda' spyi nang and d. 53.
YearBirth 1454
YearDeath 1506
BornIn tre shod (khams)
TibDateGender Male
TibDateElement Wood
TibDateAnimal Dog
TibDateRabjung 8
ReligiousAffiliation Karma Kagyu
Has emanations Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje
StudentOf Gö Lotsāwa Zhönu Pal  ·  ban sgar ba 'jam dpal bzang po  ·  First Goshir Gyalstab Paljor Dondrub  ·  Second Tai Situ Tashi Namgyal  ·  pad+ma gling pa  ·  gsung rab rgya mtsho
TeacherOf Fourth Shamarpa Chodrak Yeshe  ·  Third Tai Situ Tashi Paljor  ·  Second Goshir Gyaltsab Tashi Namgyal  ·  shAkya mchog ldan  ·  karma phrin las pa  ·  chos rgyal bstan pa  ·  Sangye Nyenpa, 1st  ·  byams chen chos rje sna tshogs rang grol  ·  bya 'jam dbyangs bkra shis rnam rgyal  ·  bdud mo bkra shis 'od zer  ·  Drukpa Kunle  ·  mtshungs med chos skyong rgyal mtshan
BDRC https://www.tbrc.org/#!rid=P821
Treasury of Lives https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Seventh-Karmapa-Chodrak-Gyatso/TBRC_p821
IsInGyatsa No
BnwShortPersonBio During the lifetime of the Seventh Karmapa, the Great Encampment of the Karmapas expanded greatly, earning him the epithet “Chödrak Gyatso of the Great Encampment.” Chödrak Gyatso created the practice of holding massive prayer festivals on the major Buddhist holidays, establishing the precedent for today’s Kagyu Monlam Chenno.

The widely learned Chödrak Gyatso introduced a formal study institute (shedra) into the Great Encampment itself, and similarly created a shedra at Tsurphu Monastery. An accomplished scholar, the Seventh Karmapa authored a number of influential commentaries on Indian philosophical treatises. His text on epistemology, the multi-volume Ocean of Reasoning, remains one of his most important works, alongside his commentary on the Abhisamayalaṅkāra, the Lamp of the Three Worlds.

While these formed his major deeds, Chödrak Gyatso’s varied activities to benefit beings also included bridge construction, the resolution of factional disputes and protection of animals. As had been the case in the Great Encampment since its inception, no meat whatsoever was consumed—or even allowed within the camp. (Source Accessed July 28, 2020)

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