Changchub Dorje, 12th Karmapa Lama

Changchub Dorje (Tibetan: rdo rje byang chub; * 1703 in Derge, † 1732) was the 12th Karmapa of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.


In accordance with the letter of his predecessor Changchub Dorje was found in the province of Derge, Eastern Tibet. He was of Döndrubs Chokyi (1695-1732; 8 Shamar ) search party brought to Karma Gompa and accepted by him there. Changchub Dorje studied under many famous masters of his time. He also gave teachings of the Kagyu lineage to the former master of the Nyingma Kathog and received teachings from him the Nyingma. Due to the difficult political situation after the death of the 6th Dalai Lama left Tibet Dorje Changchub and made in the company of 7 Goshri Gyeltshab Rinpoche Könchog Oser ( 1699-1765 ), the eighth Shamar and the 8th Tai Situpa a pilgrimage to India and Nepal. In Nepal, they were highly honored by the King, and in India they visited the sacred sites of the Buddha Shakyamuni. After his return to Tibet under the 7th Dalai Lama, he was invited to China ( Yongzheng ). He participated in and made off with Shamar on the trip. As the political situation was still difficult and he sensed his imminent death, he sent a letter to the 8th Tai Situpa with predictions about his next birth. Changchub Dorje (29) and Chokyi Döndrub (37 ) died on the voyage to China from smallpox. Main lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu was Chungne Chokyi (1700-1774; 8 Tai Situpa ).