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Wangchuk Dorje, 9th Karmapa Lama

Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) was the ninth Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Wangchuk Dorje was born in Treshod, Kham. According to legend, he said after being born: "I am Karmapa."[1] Other sources say that soon after his birth he sat cross-legged for three days and declared he was the Karmapa.[2]

He received his education from Shamar Köncho Yenlak, the fifth Shamarpa, in a nomadic camp which traveled through Tibet but also passed through present day Mongolia and Bhutan. During his travels many monasteries were founded. Wangchuk also wrote many classic Buddhist texts, many of which are still being taught today.

Wangchuk Dorje was not only a spiritual leader, but was also a mediator in conflicts. He was invited by the king of Sikkim to settle a dispute and while there he founded three monasteries one of them being in Rumtek which is currently the most important monastery of the lineage after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The other two are Phodong and Ralang Monastery [3]

  • The Chariot for Travelling the Path to Freedom, the principal Karma Kagyu ngondro thereafter

Mahamudra Texts

He was not a prolific author, but the texts he did write had an important impact on Mahamudra teaching.

  • (By 9th Gyalwa Karmapa)Ocean of Definitive Meaning
  • Pointing out the Dharmakaya.
  • Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance.
  • The Mahamudra

See also

Further reading


  1. ^ HH9 Karmapa - Wangchuk Dorje
  2. ^ "The ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje
  3. ^ 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556 - 1603)
  4. ^ Samten Chhosphel, "Second Pawo, Tsuklak Trengwa," Treasury of Lives, accessed Aug. 9, 2013.


Preceded by
Mikyö Dorje
Reincarnation of the Karmapa Succeeded by
Chöying Dorje
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