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Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The shakti of the Karmapa lineage has had a role in my spiritual development. I knew next to nothing about Buddhism when I visited the Tibetan Monastery at Woodstock, and brought back a photo of the Karmapa and a little card with the reproduction of a thangka of White Tara on it. 

Whenever I thought of the Karmapa, my mind immediately stopped and became very empty and still, like a (good) darkness falling over it. I framed the photo of Ogyen Trinley Dorje and made a little altar for the beautiful photo on my desk at the ashram (I still have it on my altar at home).

I dismissed the possibility that I had more than one guru. If I were to meet HH the 17th Karmapa, I would first tell him that my guru is Chidvilasananda.

Anyway. The two lineages, one Hindu (Kashmir Shaivism) and one Tibetan Buddhism (Karma Kagyu), seemed unrelated and quite distant. 

Then I am reading on a website Nityananda the Living Tradition that the Karmapa in his 16th incarnation met and knew Muktananda:

HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa
Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
"Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924-1981) The spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He visited Baba at his Ganeshpuri ashram and also met with him at the Ann Arbor ashram in 1974. The two had great love for each other."

I shrieked and laughed and laughed when I read this! Oh, life is delicious, the shakti is delicious, the highly creative Shaktiji at play!! 

The cat came running over, his eyes huge, as though he wanted to play too. "What is it?" his eyes said. "Me too!!"

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I remember that the (image of the) 16th Karmapa seemed familiar to me right away. Perhaps pratyabhijna recognition, or from a past life as a Karma Kagyu devotee, or through our common link of Muktananda. The shakti transmitted to me through the lineage perhaps mingled with some of the Karma Kagyu shakti. The shakti is one. All is one. There are no rules when it comes to Paramashiva and his highly creative shakti devi side. In this way, God can create the most fun and enjoyment for Himself.

HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa 
Ugyen Trinley Dorje


Lance said...

All the Great Lamas recognize Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the true Karmapa, including the Dali Lama and Tai Situ Rinpoche who was the Kagyu Lineage holder in his absence. As Ogyen Trinley Dorje stated, "There is only one Karmapa. The Lama who put forth the other Karmapa has since died of a heart attach and that karmapa is now married. The whole thing is kind of ridiculous. I've made a study of this and experienced a small miracle with the true Karmapa when he visited Woodstock. Also, Gurumayi is my Guru.

jana said...

Thank you for your comment. I am studying and meditating on this. I hope to comment soon.

jana said...

I found this to be very instructive: Based on such strong evidence and the determinations of the advanced leaders in the lineage, and following the suggestions for determining for myself, I have determined that Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the 17th Karmapa.

To reflect this change, I have removed the reference to Trinley Thaye Dorje from this blog post.

Thanks again for your comment!

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