The Prophecy of the 16th Karmapa
In 1976, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje graced the opening of Urgyen Rinpoche’s new monastery called Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in Nepal and gave a prophetic proclamation. This Nyingma monastery was built on a farmland just north of the ancient and legendary Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.
The founder of the monastery, Urgyen Rinpoche is a Buddhist master of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions and hence the monastery follows the same lineages. This monastery was built under the guidance and direction of the 16th Karmapa. The King of Nepal, His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah also graced the opening of the monastery. After the opening ceremonies were completed, the Karmapa appointed 24-year old Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche as the abbot of the new monastery. During the opening, the Karmapa presided over elaborate consecration ceremonies to bless the monastery.
According to an account in Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche’s collected works (sungbum), the Karmapa came across a statue of Dorje Drolo during an inspection of the new monastery. Dorje Drolo is a wrathful emanation of Guru Rinpoche. This particular image was pressing down upon a smaller figure of a monk with a round hat, under his feet, that resembled the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. The Karmapa stood in the presence of the statue for a while and then pointed at the statue and asked, “Who is the person that ask for this statue to be made? This isn’t Nyingma nor Sakya, certainly not Gelug and not Kagyu either. I didn’t ask for it to be made! This is not one of the deities you can rely on…”
“Although the time is a little early, in the future you will definitely need to rely on this deity (Dorje Shugden).”
– His Holiness 16th Karmapa
The Karmapa was speaking to a line of abbots and masters but nobody came forward to own up. So, the Karmapa ordered for the statue to be removed immediately. A man came up with an axe and a shovel to remove the image. The Lamas who were present would definitely remember this incident and in the account, a seventy-five year old man from Chamdo by the name of Samcho had witnessed this.
This prophecy by His Holiness Karmapa is an unusual one because he had no known history or prior relations to the practice of Dorje Shugden. The Karmapa himself is the head of Karma Kagyu and there is no known history between the Karma Kagyu and the practice of Dorje Shugden either. The prophecy could be indicating that when the political issues surrounding the practice ceases to be, there will be future growth and proliferation of Dorje Shugden’s practice. Karmapa was known for his powerful clairvoyance. When he made such a prediction, it will come true. The 16th Karmapa and the current one has never made one negative comment about Dorje Shugden ever.
For more interesting information:
- The Dorje Shugden category on my blog
- Mind Blowing Connections Between Two High Lamas
- Padmasambhava Meets Tsongkhapa
- Puja at Naropa’s Cave, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World
- Nepal Pilgrimage Full Videos
- What a Meaningful Pilgrimage
- They Were Not Wrong
Please support us so that we can continue to bring you more Dharma:
If you are in the United States, please note that your offerings and contributions are tax deductible. ~ the tsemrinpoche.com blog team