- August 15, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Art and Culture
Context – India working for return of Karmapa
- The Karmapa is the leader of the Karma Kagyu branch of Buddhism.
- Since the 12th century the Karmapas have been the heads of the Karma Kaygü lineage and responsible for the continuation of this direct transmission lineage.
- The present Karmapa is OgyenTrinleyDorje, is the 17th in the line of Karmapa incarnations.
- The 17th Karmapa has a strong following in Sikkim where he remained popular despite having stayed away from India for the past four years.
Karma Kagyu school:
- The Karma Kagyu lineage belongs to one of the 4 main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. As a lineage of direct oral transmission it places particular emphasis on meditation and the realization of the direct experience of mind gained through the guidance of a teacher.
- The Karma Kagyu lineage has its roots in the teachings of the historical Buddha and developed into a practical way to enlightenment in India and Tibet.
- For over a 1000 years Buddhist Masters (Mahasiddhas) such as Naropa and Maitripain India as well as the famous Tibetan Yogis Marpa and Milarepa shaped the lineage as a practical everyday practice for lay people.