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Karma Pakshi 1204/6–1283) was the 2nd Gyalwa Karmapa. He was a child prodigy who had already acquired a broad understanding of Dharma philosophy and meditation by the age of ten. His teacher, Pomdrakpa, had received the full Kagyu transmission from Drogon Rechen, the first Karmapa’s spiritual heir. Pomdrakpa realized, through certain very clear visions, that the child in his charge was the reincarnation of Düsum Khenpa, as indicated in the letter given to Drogon Rechen.

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