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Incarnation Lineage: Gyalwa Karmapa Iconography

Karmapa Main Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Iconography
- Karmapa (Unidentified Figures)
- Karmapa Outline Page
- Karmapa Guruyoga
- Karma Kagyu Hats
- Black Hats & Blue Hats
- Confusions: Shamar, Gyaltsab, Situ
- Others...

Incarnation Lineage:
1st Gyalwa Karmapa, Dusum Kyenpa (1110-1193 [83 yrs]) Biographical details
2nd Gyalwa Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204-1283 [79 yrs]) Biographical details
3rd Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339 [55 yrs]) Biographical details
4th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rolpai Dorje (1340-1383 [43 yrs]) Biographical details
5th Gyalwa Karmapa, Deshin Shegpa (1384-1415 [31 yrs]) Biographical details
6th Gyalwa Karmapa, Tongwa Donden (1416-1453 [37 yrs]) Biographical details
7th Gyalwa Karmapa, Chodrag Gyatso (1454-1506 [52 yrs]) Biographical details
8th Gyalwa Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554 [47 yrs]) Biographical details
9th Gyalwa Karmapa, Wangchug Dorje (1556-1602/03 [46 yrs]) Biographical details
10th Gyalwa Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604-1674 [70 yrs]) Biographical details
11th Gyalwa Karmapa, Yeshe Dorje (1675-1702 [27 yrs]) Biographical details
12th Gyalwa Karmapa, Jangchub Dorje (1703-1732 [29 yrs]) Biographical details
13th Gyalwa Karmapa, Dudul Dorje (1733/34-1797/98 [64 yrs]) Biographical details
14th Gyalwa Karmapa, Tegchog Dorje (1799-1869 [ 70 yrs]) Biographical details
15th Gyalwa Karmapa, Kakyab Dorje (1870/71-1921/22 [51 yrs]) Biographical details
16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpai Dorje (1924-1981 [57 yrs]) Biographical details

Not all of the sixteen Karmapas have clear and recognizable iconographic features. The first three are the most easy to recognize: Dusum Khyenpa, Karma Pakshi and Rangjung Dorje.

Jeff Watt 11-1999 [updated 3-2005, 2-2017, 7-2018]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).