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The 10th Karmapa (1604–1674) lived via dramatic adjustments in Tibet, together with the increase to political supremacy of the 5th Dalai Lama and the Gelug sect following a Mongol invasion. considered as a striking bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has mostly escaped the shut consciousness of contemporary students. during this booklet, Shamar Rinpoche, the Fourteenth Shamarpa, introduces the 10th Karmapa via his translations of the Karmapa’s autobiographical writings and an eighteenth century biography of him. As an immediate lineage-descendant from the 6th Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—the Shamar Rinpoche stocks his distinct wisdom and event via broad annotations and a ancient evaluation of Tibet from the 13th via 17th century. The textual content of A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The existence and instances of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje is complemented by means of maps and colour illustrations depicting locations the place the Karmapa lived and his prolific inventive paintings, with a few item photos being released for the 1st time.

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Unfortunately, they were in a small minority, and so they failed (to stop the scheming). During that period, whenever devotees/visitors came for an audience with the Dalai Lama, his attendants subjected them to a body search. , the Karma Kagyu). To this end, the attendants harassed the visitors. Those who refused (to be searched) were beaten into compliance. Denpa Tshoched (the Dalai Lama's administrator) and Worpa Chozed conducted the body searches. They acted stupidly and caused disastrous consequences by their terrible actions.

Meanwhile, Sonam Chopal, the Fourth Dalai Lama's administrator who harbored private and personal ambitions as well as suspicions of the Tsang Desi, rallied other Gelugpas to gain more power for their own monasteries that provided lucrative streams of revenue. Further, they aspired to raise the prestige of their own sect over that of other sects. Wishing to expand their base, they knew they could rely on the Mongols for military support. For them, collaborating with their duke-landlord Kyisho Depa against the Tsang government served both his and their mutual interests.

His relative, Tsang Tseten Dorje who held a high post in the palace, started to rebel against the Rinpung rule around 1563. 10 TIBET UNDER THE SAKYA, PHAGDRU AND TSANG RULE In 1565, Tsang Tseten Dorje took control as the Tsang Desi. 12 He established his capital in Shigatse, and his palace was named Sambdrub Tse. He ruled until1588. When the Ninth Karmapa was twelve years old (1568), Tseten Dorje invited him to Sambdrub Tse, out of respect for him as the highest lama ofTibet. Afterwards, Karmapa went to the Rinpung estate ofNgagwang Jigdrag where he stayed for three months.

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