The Karmapas

The Gyalwa Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He is unique among the great lamas of Tibet, having reached full enlightenment centuries ago. During a previous incarnation, Karmapa was at the side of the historical Buddha as the great Bodhisattva Loving Eyes (tib. Chenrezig). From the year 1110, he became the first recognized incarnate lama of Tibet and continues to take successive conscious rebirths.

List of all Karmapas
    
Dusum Khyenpa, 1110 - 1193
Karma Pakshi, 1204 - 1283
Rangjung Dorje, 1284 - 1339
Rolpe Dorje, 1340 - 1383
Deshin Shegpa, 1384 - 1415
Tongwa Donden, 1416 - 1453
Chodrag Gyamtso, 1454 - 1506
Mikyo Dorje, 1507 - 1554
Wangchug Dorje, 1556 - 1603
Choying Dorje, 1604 - 1674
Yeshe Dorje, 1676 - 1702
Changchub Dorje, 1703 - 1732
Dudul Dorje, 1733 - 1797
Thegchog Dorje, 1798 - 1868
Khakyab Dorje, 1871 - 1922
Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 1924 - 1981
Trinlay Thaye Dorje, 1983 - present