Karma Pakshi (1204 - 1283) - the Second Karmapa
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ABS 200

 Code: ABS 200

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1600 - 1700

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.1 x 12.8 x 7.4

  Materials: Gilt copper

Karma Pakshi (1204 – 1283) - the Second Karmapa 

This posthumously created statue represents Karma Pakshi (1204 – 1283), the second Karmapa. He is recognizable by his characteristic goatee beard. Karma Pakshi was an extraordinary meditator and miracle worker, and renowned for having introduced the melodious chanting of the Om Mani Padme Hung, the mantra of compassion, to the Tibetan people.
As a child prodigy, he already had a broad understanding of Buddhist philosophy and practice before the age of ten. On his way to Central Tibet for further education, he encountered Pomdrakpa, who had received the full Kagyu transmission from Drogön Rechen, the first Karmapa's spiritual heir. Pomdrakpa realized that the child he met was the reincarnation of Düsum Khyenpa. Pomdrakpa conferred on the young Karma Pakshi all the teachings through traditional empowerments and formally passed on the lineage to him. Ever since this time, each young Karmapa formally receives all the transmissions of the teachings from a lineage holder. 

The histories record that the Second Karmapa composed over one hundred volumes of texts, which once were enshrined at the monastic library of Tshurphu monastery in Central Tibet. He spent much of the first half of his life in meditation retreat, but he also visited and restored the monasteries established by the first Karmapa.  
Before passing away into parinirvana, Karma Pakshi told his main disciple, Orgyenpa, the details concerning the next Karmapa's birth.