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Tibetan Buddhism’s oldest reincarnate lineage turns 900

Dec 10 (Phayul): The Karmapa lineage commemorated the 900th anniversary of its founding in a grand two-day celebration that was held at Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya in north Indian state of Bihar. Karma Kagyu, or Kamtsang, is the largest lineage within the Kagyu School, one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Speaking at the ceremony, the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje — currently the holder of this oldest reincarnate lineage in Tibetan Buddhism – called for people to engage in good deeds and to focus on education.

The unique tradition of reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism started with the first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, who was said to have been born in the year 1110 CE in Dreshö, a part of Dreho in Kham province of Tibet.

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