He Ruled His Kingdom

Lama Surya Das tells us auspicious tales of the Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.

Lama Surya Das

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Go Jump into the Pool
His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa was invited to Washington, D.C., in 1976, where he was the honored guest of Senator Charles Percy. At that time the Illinois senator was busy introducing the energy conservation bill on Capitol Hill, a major undertaking that occupied much of his time.

The Karmapa’s entourage stayed at the Percy mansion. Every morning Senator Percy would emerge to find that the Karmapa, who slept two or three hours a night, if at all, was already well into his day. And each morning His Holiness would always tell him: “Senator, go jump into the pool!”

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