His Holiness the Karmapa and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (r)
with Lama Yeshe Gyamtso (l) during a group interview in the Lineage
Shrine Room at KTD, May 2008. Photo by Stephanie Colvey


In honor of the Karmapa 900 celebration, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will be recounting the biographies of the Karmapas throughout the year. Beginning with Dusum Khyenpa, Rinpoche transmits his deep devotion for each of the Karmapa reincarnations as he describes the events of their lives and their remarkable achievements.

Click on the links below to listen to teachings in Tibetan and/or English. Both languages are posted, with alternating Tibetan and English for those who wish to hear both. To listen only to English, you may simply skip to each subsequent clip, marked “English.”

Rinpoche is teaching on the Lives of the Karmapas in Woodstock, New York, at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American monastic seat of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Each talk is translated from the Tibetan into English by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso. These teachings will be continuing throughout 2011; each new set of teachings will be added as they become available (mp3 format).

The First Karmapa,
Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193)
The Second Karmapa,
Karma Pakshi (1206-1283)

The Third Karmapa,
Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)
The Fourth Karmapa,
Rolpe Dorje (1340-1383)

The Fifth Karmapa,
Deshin Shegpa (1384-1415)
The Sixth Karmapa,
Tongwa Dönden (1416-1452)

The Seventh Karmapa,
Chödrak Gyatso (1454-1506)
The Eighth Karmapa,
Mikyö Dorje (1507-1554)

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