Karmapa Incarnation Line

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The line of Karmapa incarnations:

  1. Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193)
  2. Karma Pakshi (1206-1283)
  3. Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)
  4. Rolpé Dorje (1340-1383)
  5. Deshyin Shekpa (1384-1415)
  6. Thongwa Dönden (1416-1452/3)
  7. Chödrak Gyatso (1454-1506)
  8. Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554)
  9. Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603)
  10. Chöying Dorje (1604-1674)
  11. Yeshe Dorje (1676-1702)
  12. Changchub Dorje (1703-1732)
  13. Düddul Dorje (1733-1797)
  14. Thekchok Dorje (1797-1867)
  15. Khakhyap Dorje (1871-1922)
  16. Rangjung Rigpé Dorje (1924-1981)

There are are currently two incarnations who hold the title of Seventeenth Karmapa:

Further Reading

  • Karma Thinley, The History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet (Boulder: Prajna Press, 1980)
  • Ken Holmes, Karmapa, Altea Publishing, 1996.
  • Former lives of the Gyalwa Karmapa, Dzalendara and Sakarchupa, edited by Ken Holmes, K.D.D.L.
  • Chogyur Lingpa, Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy, Kagyu Thubten Choling (a translation of Chokgyur Lingpa's prophetic vision of the twenty-one incarnations of Karmapa)

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