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Taiwan visit: Empowerment of Kagyu protector

December 17, 2014

His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje gives the empowerment of Mahakala. Photo / Thule Jug

Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, gives the empowerment of Mahakala. Photo / Thule Jug

Day 10: Taiwan, 7 December 2014. In Hualien, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, gave a day-long empowerment of Mahakala.

The previous day, Karmapa had given the empowerment of Chenresig, the Buddha of Compassion. Mahakala is a Buddhist Dharma protector, and although his outer appearance is wrathful, his essence is also enlightened compassion.

The two-armed form of Mahakala is considered to be the main protector of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and is called upon in Karmapa’s prayer for the swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche.