About Tibetan Buddhism Karmapa Lieage
His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, was one of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibetan Buddhism during 20th Century. He was born in Tibet in 1923 and lived there until circumstances forced him out in 1959 to the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim (later to become a part of India). At Rumtek, in Sikkim he built his new monastic headquarters. He died of illness in the U.S. on 5th November 1981.