Karmapa Rangjung Rigpé Dorjé


Karmapa Rangjung Rigpé Dorjé, the Sixteenth Karmapa, left Tibet in 1959 and rebuilt the Rumtek monastery in Sikkim in 1962, making it the seat of the Karma Kagyü in exile. Through his vision and action, the future of the Kagyü tradition was ensured, despite the tragic events of the time in Tibet. The Sixteenth Karmapa played a major role in establishing the Kagyü School in both the East and West.