On Sunday, Lama Jigme Rinpoche gave the third of three consecutive empowerments to more than 3000 people present at the Europe Center, this time into the first consciously reborn Lama of Tibet, the 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi (1204 – 1283).
At the age of 6 Karmapa was able to read and write even though he had not been taught. Later on, he only needed to read a text once in order to fully understand and remember its content. He was a famous Siddha with extraordinary powers and abilities. He had students across Tibet, Mongolia and China.
The Guru Yoga practice of the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi, was envisioned by the Great Tertön, Mingyur Dorje (1645-1667). When Mingyur Dorje was meditating on the protector Black Coat (Tib. Mahakala Bernakchen), in a pure vision the mandala of Karma Pakshi vividly appeared. From this vision, Karma Pakshi transmitted to Mingyur Dorje all the instructions and blessings of this mandala’s practice – a type of “Meditation on the Lama” (Skt. Guru Yoga). Since then, the Karma Pakshi practice became very important to the Karma Kagyu lineage.
In his mandala, Karmapa is shown in the center, surrounded by representations of the “Three Roots” – the Lamas (the root of blessing), the Yidams (the root of accomplishment) and the Protectors (the root of activity). As such, Karmapa embodies or unites these Three Roots. To “establish the mandala” of Karmapa means that we invoke – and then identify with – the Karmapa’s enlightened body, speech and mind. This is what happens in all the methods of Guru Yoga on the Karmapa, such as those associated with the 2nd, 8th, and 16th Karmapas. By opening up to the Karmapa as the essence of all Buddhas, we increasingly recognize the true nature of own awareness, and accomplish Buddhahood.