Support from Senior Lamas
Karma Jiga’s work is supported by senior lamas of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Support and Recognition
His work is supported and was recognised by H.E. the 18th Dulmo Choje Rinpoche, (Damkar Rinpoche), the highest living Lama of the Karma Kagyu tradition in Tibet, who honoured him in his 1000 year old monastic seat, Damkar Monastery in Tibet. The monastery has since been destroyed in a landslip prior to an earthquake and a new monastery rebuilt close to the original sight. There have been recent invitations for Karma to return to Tibet from Damkar Rinpoche’s nephew, Pasang Tulku Rinpoche to visit H.E.
Personal Support and Advice
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a renowned senior Karma Kagyu Lama, scholar, author, translator and teacher has also given his personal support and advice regarding Karma Jiga’s work and groups over the years and was kind enough to invite Karma Jiga to meet H.H. 17 Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, at H.H. Monastery in India.
Other Lineage Connections
A special Lineage Thangka was commissioned by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche for Karma Jiga and his students, and, under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, painted by Ringu Tulku’s brother Salga and ultimately blessed by H.H. Dalai Lama. H.H. is pictured below blessing and signing the painting- (Thankha). It contains two extra images, Green Tara, signifying his practice connection with the late Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and the Kagyu Lineage, and Manjushri representing the prefection of wisdom (prajna paramita) and abillity to cut through delusion.
Karma Jiga’s Long Life Prayer
His long life prayer was written by the Very Venerable 9th Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the principal tutor to H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, at the request of his students to celebrate his half century on this earth. Karma Jiga received the Bodhisattva vow and most of his Buddhist education from Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche over a period of fifteen years, under the direct guidance of Choje Akong tulku Rinpoche. This culminated in Karma jiga receiving all the empowerments and practice instruction before he entered the traditional closed retreat. The prayer was presented to Ven. Karma Jiga at a special ceremony in the centre he founded in Dundee. A copy of this prayer is presented below, translation courtesy of Ken Holmes and Dr C Manson (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Karma Jiga expresses his thanks to all who have made this life’s work possible.
May goodness prevail!