The birth of the 6th Karmapa
, Tongwa Donden (1416-1453), at Ngomto Shakyam near Karma
Gon in east Tibet
, was marked by many auspicious signs. One month later, carried by his mother as she went begging, he became highly excited when their path crossed that of Lama
Ngompa Chadral, a student of the fifth Karmapa.
When Lama Ngompa Chadral asked who he was, the child smiled and replied
“I’m the unborn, free from all names, places, and .