Dudul Dorje, 13th Karmapa Lama

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13th Karmapa
Dudul Dorje.jpg
Date of birth: 1733
Place of birth: Champa Drongsar, Tibet
Birth name: Dudul Dorje
Date of death: 1797
Place of death: ?
School: Vajrayana
Practice School: Kagyu
Lineage: Karma Kagyu
Order: N/A
Titles/Honours: Karmapa, Lama, Rinpoche.
Quote: ?
Dudul Dorje, 13th Karmapa, detail of 19th-century painting from the Rubin Museum of Art

Dudul Dorje (1733–1797) was the thirteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Dudul Dorje was born in Champa Drongsar and recognized by Gyaltsab Rinpoche at the age of four. He received an education in the monastery from the age of eight by both the Kagyu and the Nyingma schools. Dudul Dorje became head of the school at the age of 31. He was known for his great love for animals.

According to the legend, he rescued the Jokhang temple in Lhasa from flooding by placing a kata (white scarf) over the statue of Jowo Shakyamuni Buddha.

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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
Changchub Dorje
Reincarnation of the Karmapa Succeeded by
Thekchok Dorje