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The Eighth Gyalwa Karmapa - Mikyo Dorje Thangka

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 Tibetan Thangka painting depicting Mikyo Dorje is perfect for various home décor ideas! This 100% hand-drawn Thangka painting made in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal can be decorated as an elegant and eccentric wall hanging in your home or office being a centerpiece of attention. It can also be placed on your family altar for meditation purposes as well as spiritual and emotional healing, attracting benevolent energy of the Tibetan Buddhist art. 

  • Master Quality Thangka
  • Dimensions: 60 x 46 cm 
  • Materials: 24 Carat Gold; Precious & Semi-Precious Natural Minerals mixed with Hide Glue
  • Canvas: Organic Cotton
  • Origin: Nepal
  • Hand Painted In Nepal

The Eighth Gyalwa Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, was born in the fire – rabbit year to a family of devoted yogis in a small village called Sa – tam in the region of Gomchu – Gyalung, East Tibet (according to the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (abbr. tbrc) the name of his birthplace is Khams – nang – chen – ngom – chu – brgyud – bar – khang). His father’s name was Ajam, and his mother’s name was Lama Dron. At his birth, Mikyo Dorje spoke the words, "I am the Karmapa." Ajam looked up the Third Tai Situ Rinpoche, Tashi Paljor, and told him about his son. His Eminence immediately knew that the baby was the reincarnation of the Seventh Gyalwa Karmapa.

When Mikyo Dorje was 5 years old, a family from Amdo claimed that their child was the Karmapa. The Seventh Karmapa’s regent, the Second Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyal, immediately set out from Tsurphu Monastery to investigate the matter. When he saw Mikyo Dorje, he spontaneously prostrated to him and - aware of the meaning of this intuitive act - realized that the young boy was the true Karmapa. Yet, he, the Third Tai Situpa, as well as close students of the Seventh Karmapa officially needed to carry out tests. Mikyo Dorje not only passed all tests but said to all further tests, “Emaho! How wonderful! Have no doubts. I am the Karmapa.” Both Crowned Princes as well as the witnesses testified that Mikyo Dorje was the Eighth Karmapa. The young Karmapa recognized that the other candidate was the reincarnation of Zurmang Chungtsang from Zurmang Monastery in East Tibet and saw to it that he was cared for. A year later, Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche gave Mikyo Dorje all possessions from his previous life and enthroned him with the Black Vajra Crown as the Eighth Gyalwa Karmapa at his main seat, Dechen Zong of Tsurphu Gon in the Tolung Valley.

After having studied with His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche at Tsurphu Gon, when he was 8 years old, Mikyo Dorje took up his studies with the First Sangye Nyenpa, Tashi Paljor, who had been appointed by the Seventh Karmapa to pass on the Karma Kagyü Practice and Whispering Lineage to his next incarnation. Mikyö Dorje received all essential empowerments and instructions from His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, who therefore became his Root Guru. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche passed into Parinirvana when Mikyo Dorje was approximately 18 years old. The Eighth Karmapa’s other teachers, who were all brilliant scholars, were Dulmo Tashi Oser, Karma Trinlepa, and Dakpo Tashi Namgyal.

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