Künzang Khakhyab Dorje - (1871 - 1922)
Born with the very auspicious circle of hair between the eyebrows (found on the young Shakyamuni and known as one of the 32 marks of an enlightened being), Khakhyab Dorje spoke the mantra of Avalokiteshvara at his birth in Sheikor village of the Tsang province in central Tibet.
He was recognized and enthroned by the Kyabgon Drukchen, Mingyur Wanggi Gyalpo along with Jamgön Kongtrul, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa, and Pawo Tsuklak Nyinchey.
He grew up receiving a very thorough education from very famous scholars and eventually received the Kagyu transmission from Jamgön Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, who also passed on to him the essence of his hundred compositions embracing the profound teachings of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, as well as the fields of medicine, art, linguistics and general Buddhist studies. He studied with many great masters such as Khenchen Tashi Özer.
He continued his activities of teaching and giving empowerments throughout Tibet, and preserved many rare texts by having them reprinted. Khakhyab Dorje is the first in the line of Karmapas to get married, and had three sons, one of whom was recognized as the second Jamgön Kongtrul Palden Khyentse Özer.
His life was a brilliant example of the bodhisattva with an insatiable desire for learning in order to help other beings. Among many disciples, his closest students were Tai Situ Pädma Wangchok Gyalpo, Jamgön Kongtrul Palden Khyentse Özer, and Beru Khyentse Lodro Mize Jampal Gocha. Some years before his passing into parinirvana, he entrusted a prediction letter to his closest attendant.
He gave the entire lineage to Situ Pädma Wangchok Gyalpo.
Excerpt from the official website of The Tsurphu Labrang