His Holiness with Thrangu Rinpoche & at Dalai Lama’s birthday celebration in Congress
Karmapa’s Namkhyen Gyaldar
The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, is well known for his visions and prophesies, one such divine manifestation is commonly known as the ‘Kagyu flag’ and more famously called the ‘dream flag’, in reference to the fact that the banner appeared to him in a dream.
He named the banner ‘namkhyen gyaldar’ (Tib. rnam mkhyen rgyal dar) meaning “Victorious (rgyal) Flag (dar) of Buddha’s Wisdom (rnam mkhyen)”. Imparting the details of his vision to his close disciples, His Holiness Karmapa went on to proclaim:
“Wherever this banner is flown the Dharma will flourish.”
Since the birth of the flag, there have evolved a few different versions of the Karmapa’s dream flag.
Situ Rinpoche explained that the center point of the two waves/swirls should be at the same horizontal plain and not on a sloping angle.
Moreover, Situ Rinpoche explained the colors of the flag to be a bright sky blue and should not be too dark, the yellow should be earth like, not lemon yellow and compliment the sky blue in tonal brightness. During 2012, His Holiness confirmed the two flag colors, officiating them as Pantone 306 C and 116 C.
Below find the dream flag as confirmed by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
The meaning behind the dream flag:
“Victory Banner of Buddha Wisdom”
The elements of the flag’s geomancy and colours are symbolic of the relative and absolute truth.
On the relative level, the colors blue and yellow represent the sky and the earth, the waves symbolize the Buddha Dharma.
On the absolute level, the colors represent the union of emptiness and clarity, the true nature of mind. The intertwining waves symbolizes the union of compassion and emptiness, which is the essence of all phenomena.
The above is excerpted from: RELATED TIBETAN SCRIPTS: Geomantic dream flag