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History Of The Karmapas: The Odyssey Of The Tibetan Masters With The Black Crown

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Masters of esoteric knowledge and miraculous practices, the lineage of the Karmapas is the earliest of all the recognized incarnate lineages and is said to descend from the great Indian tantric master Tilopa through a chain that includes Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. The Karmapas are distinguished by their black crowns, said to have been woven by dakinis and symbolizing the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Snow Lion (first published March 16th 2012)
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Richard Martin
This book offers a very lively reading with plenty of amazing anecdotes and information about the marvelous everyday life of these great Tibetan masters. Well researched and beautifully written - full of magnificent photographs and watercolors -, it is profound and accessible at the same time. Anyone interested in Tibet and its form of Buddhism will want to include this book in their "must read" list. A book I would strongly recommend for the Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.

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Stephen R
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This is a lively tour through the seventeen emanations of the Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. I think it omits the confusion about who is the Seventeenth Karmapa and didn't mention the recent troubles with the Indian government and supposed misappropriation of funds. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism and the process of reincarnation.
Nikko
This is one of two books on the history of the Karmapas. This one is the most complete (more than double the size and includes the 17th). If you are at all inspired by any of the Karmapas, this lineage history is so inspiring for any practitioner or scholar.
Isaac Spencer
Inspiring, short biographies of the Karmapas. The book has a good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

I think it could be at least 2 times as long! I often found myself wanting a more detailed account of many of the events.
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