Chödrak Gyatso, 7th Karmapa Lama

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Chödrak Gyatso (1454–1506), also Chödrag Gyamtso, was the seventh Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Chödrak Gyatso was born in Chida in the north of Tibet. According to the legend, he said at the age of five months: "There is nothing on this world, except for emptiness." He was recognized as Karmapa at the age of nine months.

According to the legend he established peace at the age of five during a tour through Tibet where in the south the tribes of Nagaland and Bhutan were engaged in a war.

He spent a large part of his life protecting animals and teaching people to give up hunting and fishing. His main activities were to prevent and solve conflicts between the tribes and building bridges and roads to connect the different areas. The best medicine against all problems and conflicts was saying "Om mani padme hum" one million times. Chödrak send a lot of gold to India to enable the gilding of the statue of the Gautama Buddha near Bodhgaya.

According to Karma phrin las, Dri lan yid, 91-92, his teacher, Chödrak Gyatso, the Seventh Karmapa, interpreted the nature of Zhentong (gzhan stong) accepted by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje who, in turn, had probably influenced, and been influenced by, the great Zhentong master, Dolpopa.[1]

He was also an accomplished scholar, most famous for authoring the Ocean Of Logic, which is considered the most important text on pramana in the Kagyu tradition. He also authored an important commentary on Asanga's Abhisamayalamkara called The Lamp Of The Three Worlds.


  1. ^ Stearns, Cyrus (1999). The Buddha from Dolpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, p. 17. State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-4191-1 (hc); ISBN 0-7914-4192-X (pbk).

Further reading[edit]

  • Thinley, Karma (2008). The History of Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet. USA: Prajna Press. p. 150. ISBN 1-57062-644-8. 
Preceded by
Thongwa Dönden
Reincarnation of the Karmapa Succeeded by
Mikyö Dorje