The Karmapas

The 16th Karmapa with his black crown

The 2nd Karmapa is known to be the first recognized incarnate lama of Tibet. Since the 12th century the Karmapas are the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage and responsible for the duration of the transmission. The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa who left Tibet in 1959 because of the Chinese invasion saved the unique methods of knowing the nature of mind and has brought it to modern world with the assistance of his western students. The current 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje was born in 1983 and left suppressed Tibet to free India in 1994.

17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje

The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje is the head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Diamond Way Buddhism.

He was born in Tibet in 1983 and was able to escape from suppressed Tibet to freedom in India during spring 1994. He teaches frequently in our centers.

Lama Ole & Hannah Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were the first western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He asked them to teach Buddhism in the West.

Lama Ole teaches his students about way and goal of Diamond Way Buddhism. With tenthousands of students around the world he is probably the most known Buddhist teacher and to date has established more than 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Lama Ole has also asked more than 100 of his students to travel and teach Buddhism.

Shamar Rinpoche

The stream of incarnations of the Shamarpas has always been directly linked with that of the Gyalwa Karmapa. The Karmapa bestowed on him the name of "Shamarpa - The One with the Red Crown." In the spiritual hierarchy of the Karma Kagyu lineage he is the second highest teacher after Karmapa.

The 14th Shamar Rinpoche Mipham Chokyi Lodro left Tibet at the age of 9 together with the 16th Karmapa for Sikkim, India where he lived and studied under Karmapa’s guidance. Mainly thanks to his activity, the 17th incarnation of the Karmapa, Thaye Dorje, was found and brought to freedom in India. In March 1994, Shamar Rinpoche officially recognized Thaye Dorje as the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa.  He spent most of his time giving Dharma teachings around the world. On 11 June 2014 Shamar Rinpoche passed away in Renchen Ulm, Germany.