Khedrub Karma Chagme I (1613-1678)---the embodiment of the Three Kayas who are Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara & Padmasambhava---was at one time a candidate for the title of 10th Karmapa, and was said to be his activity emanation since the 10th Karmapa was not able to be present much in Tibet in that life. He was at once both an accomplished yogi-mahasiddha who spent much of his life in retreat, and one of the most influential scholars and authors of his time. His Richö
, or "Mountain Dharma," derived from teachings given thru a hole in the wall during his own retreat, is still the de-facto guide on retreat to this day within many of the 4 elder and 8 younger lineages of the Kagyu school. He was also responsible for recognizing the young tertön Mingyur Dorje (revealer of the Namchö cycle of Dzogchen), serving as the scribe for the terma teachings the prodigy received thru visions. The Namchö now form the core of the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma school, and are of great importance to the Kamtsang as well.http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/Karma_Chagme_Raga_Asey
In short, Karma Chagme's realization and activity were incomprehensibly vast and profound. Currently there is a 7th Karma Chagme in the Neydo sub-branch of the Karma Kagyu lineage (which he formed and heads), and a less widely known 9th incarnation in the Drikung Kagyu lineage. Much like Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsok before him, the 1st Karma Chagme was an early predecessor of the Rimé movement, fully integrating Dzogchen terma into the Kamtsang lineage of Mahamudra in a skillful display of non-duality. He was a great compiler and editor of texts, many of which would not be in their current form if not for his diligence in preserving and distilling the teachings. In this way, he was likely a role model for Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye, who would follow in his footsteps, and even work with many of his same texts.
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I was wondering if anyone knows of any good sources for information on Karma Chagme (besides Mountain Dharma and his outer namthar of Namchö Mingyur Dorje), specifically in regards to the practice curriculum he instituted for the Neydo lineage? Unfortunately, the Neydo Foundation has a very small website and seems to be based mostly in Asia apart from a center in NY, having no formal organization to speak of in the West.
Chagme Rinpoche is of primary importance to me, personally, as I hold all three lineages which he and his tulku lines have been involved in. I suspect getting info about him and what he accomplished out there would benefit countless beings.
So anything you folks know, especially in relation to the Chöd practices he did or had his students engage in, would be of paramount interest.
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།