Ugen Trinley Dorjee, the Karmapa, speaks to the crowd on eco tourism at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 24, 2008.Ashwini Bhatia / AP
the apparent astonishment and delight of his American retinue, the baby-faced
22-year-old who may one day replace the Dalai Lama as the world symbol of
Tibetan Buddhism and icon of Tibetan aspirations said today, on his first trip
here, that he hoped he might be able to spend two months a year in the United
States, raising the possibility that in decades to come, America could become
an important focus for that community.
Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, or head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism,
sat at his ease in a throne-like overstuffed chair, rimless rectangular glasses
perched on his pleasantly round, shaven head, a yellow shirt peeking out from
underneath a dark red robe, feet in pebbled brown loafers. Reputedly stern, the
Karmapa, who spent half an hour with TIME, was both remarkably well-tempered
and focused for a man who had just come off a 14-hour flight — by far his
longest since he arrived in India eight years ago as a teenager after a
swashubuckling escape from China by foot, horseback and plane. Asked whether he
had slept on on his way here, he replied in English, "Sleep, but not well.
Lot of..." and he did an expert mime of transatlantic turbulence.
two-week American trip, which will include stops in New York City, the Kagyu
center in Seattle and the vast monastery his adherents have nearly completed in
Woodstock, N.Y as his American seat, is a literal "coming out." The
Indian government, wary of relations with China, had not until now allowed the
young man, whom the Dalai Lama had taken under his wing, to travel
internationally. Followers here who have not seen their leader since his
predecessor died in 1981 (they believe four years passed before his
reincarnation) will bask in his attention and teachings. "The previous
Karmapa visited the U.S. several times and his dharma activity here was
vast," he said (this time through a translator). "It is my hope to
continue that." He added, "My work is not going to be conducted only
among other Buddhists, but to help everyone." He also said he wants to
"look at things not only from a Buddhist perspective," but from the
viewpoint of other faiths as well — a tall order.
although he confirmed an adviser's caution that Kagyu leaders have no tradition
of engaging in politics, he noted, "As far as I'm concerned, the situation
in Tibet, particularly the political situation, has reached a level of
emergency." He sees his teacher as a major player in dealing with it:
"The Dalai Lama is both the spiritual and secular leader of all the
Tibetan people, and is recognized as such all over the world, and the Dalai
Lama has a tremendous responsibility in his great efforts to bring about a
peaceful resolution." But he noted that "in the Tibetan tradition we
regard the connection between a lama and his spiritual teacher to be
sacred." And "like all Tibetans, I will continue to support him in
this as best I can in the future."
when the Dalai Lama, currently a relatively healthy 72, dies, the Karmapa could
end up his replacement as the face of Tibet. He could never be the next Dalai
Lama. "Karmapa," like "Dalai Lama," is its own reincarnate
title. Nor could he become the hands-on political leader of a Tibetan government
or government-in-exile, a job the Dalai Lama has ceded to a prime minister. But
a recent YouTube video shows the Dalai Lama talking to the Karmapa and Ling
Rinpoche, the 19-year-old reincarnation of another high monk. The older man
tells them, "You two... are still young, and when I die you will be the
ones who continue by work." In the video, the Karmapa starts slightly, and
his eyes roll back a moment before he regains composure.
video, which seems authentic, reinforces sentiments the Dalai Lama expressed in
public in 2001 and acknowledges the Karmapa's unique portfolio. The Karmapa is
traditionally regarded as the third most important person in Tibetan Buddhism
after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, who disappeared years ago and whose
replacement, picked by the Chinese, is not recognized by most Tibetans. He is
unusual among a new generation of leaders because of his birth and training as
a high lama in Tibet. He speaks fluent Chinese, and attracted numerous Chinese
adherents before fleeing. The Karmapa's close relationship with the Dalai Lama
knits up a historic tension between their two lineages, and helps make him a
Thurman, an expert in Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University who knows the
Dalai Lama well, has had repeated contact with the Karmapa and will soon
publish a book titledWhy the
Dalai Lama Matters, worries that "if [the Karmapa] is pressured by
devotees to travel and teach too much at too young an age at the expense of his
studies," it could prevent him from "manifesting his full
strength." But if he is allowed to mature, says Thurman, "50 years from
now my son may have to write a book sayingWhy
the Karmapa Matters."
for the head of a major Tibetan lineage to spend a sixth of every year in the
United States would be a tremendous boost for the Buddhist community here. The
Karmapa's p.r. representative claims he has attained a near sell-out of 21,000
seats at teachings he will give here (starting with one Saturday at Manhattan's
Hammerstein Ballroom) almost solely on the strength of e-mail chains. Many in
the audience will be his age. When a reporter noted that the Kagyu lineage is
known for its stress on practice and that his own generation is not known for
its patience, the Karmapa delivered some advice that his American followers
could no doubt appreciate. "If people have no patience," he said,
"they have no patience, and I can't insist that they develop it. But I've
observed that human life without patience becomes unworkable. My experience has
been that I've been forced to develop patience with unchangeable
situations." It is a virtue to recommend as well to those hoping for a
solution for Tibet's status.
Aldershot, Hampshire, England – Morning, May 27, 2017
Early on this day of the Karmapa’s visit to the Nepali community in Aldershot, the double arch of a luminous rainbow filled the sky. It recalled his first visit to the US when rainbows followed him everywhere on the East Coast. The Karmapa was invited by the Buddhist Community Centre UK to this beautiful area of England, famous for its military garrisons and home to a sizeable population of Gurkha soldiers who have served in the British army. In 2006 they were allowed to live in England and in 2007, the Buddhist Community Centre UK was founded by Mr. Kaji Sherpa. He had the vision of establishing a Buddhist monastery to serve the growing Buddhist Community in this southeast region of the UK.
His daughter explained that about half of the Gurkha population in Nepal is Buddhist, and that her father felt a need for Buddhist guidance in this community, so a committee of Nepalis purchased a social club and completely transformed it into a …
Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was recently taken to review the restrictions on his travel in an attempt to “engage” him.
Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:May 24, 2017 2:26 am
The government is set to lift the travel restrictions imposed on Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. The Home Ministry has proposed to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that the Karmapa be allowed to travel to any part of the country, except Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, without seeking prior permission from New Delhi.
Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu (Black Hat) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was born in Tibet and escaped to India through Nepal at the age of 14. He reached McLeod Ganj, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, in 2000. He lives in Dharamshala and is recognised by the Dalai Lama.
Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was re…
May 24, 2017 – St Catharine’s and King’s College, Cambridge, England
Today His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa left London and travelled north to Cambridge, a city whose name has become almost synonymous with its world-famous university. The Karmapa’s visit to Cambridge was hosted by the International Buddhist Confederation’s Secretary for Environment and Conservation, Dr Barbara Maas.
His Holiness’s day in Cambridge began with an academic seminar on animal sentience and animal welfare science, and their significance for our relationship with and treatment of animals. Veterinarians turned animal welfare scientists, Dr Murray Corke and Peter Fordyce from the University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, provided His Holiness with background about the complexities of assessing the wellbeing of animals and introduced him to some of the latest research developments that have transformed our understanding of animal awareness and suffering. These include a wide range of behavioural and physio…
During his first visit to the UK from May 17 to 28, 2017, the Karmapa, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader, joined former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams together with scientists, scholars and cultural figures for a dialogue on the environment hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet and Inspire Dialogue Foundation.
The round table discussion, held on May 24, 2017, was intended to bring together perspectives “between disciplines and generations” as the beginning of an ongoing exchange, according to Lord Williams, Master of Magdalen College and a noted poet and theologian. It involved figures from the arts and sciences, including Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London; James Thornton, the founding CEO of ClientEarth; Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust; Dr Bhaskar Vira, Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute; Tracey Seaward, film producer …
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his first visit to the United Kingdom this month.
At 31 years old, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, a reincarnation lineage that dates back more than 900 years. His Holiness was born in eastern Tibet but fled to India in 2000, where he now resides at the Gyuto Monastery near Dharamshala. He is the only reincarnate Lama to have been recognised by both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese communist government.
The Karmapa’s 11-day visit began on May 17 and the first public event was held on May 20 in London’s Battersea Park.
“I would like to express my great delight at this opportunity that has come to pass for me to visit London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for the first time. Especially, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all you friends who are gathered here. I have been waiting for a long time to visit the United King…
DHARAMSHALA, MAY 24: In a positive development for the Tibetan religious figure 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the Indian government is reportedly set to lift the travel restrictions currently in place.
The Home Ministry has proposed to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that the Karmapa be allowed to travel to any part of the country, except Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, without seeking prior permission from New Delhi. The CCS chaired by PM Modi is a core committee on National Security with the MoD and the MEA among other significant panels, which offer directives on the Karmapa’s security and movement among other things.
The move in question has received a shot in the arm earlier this week when a delegation of monks from various monasteries in Sikkim met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging permission for the Seventeenth Karmapa to visit Sikkim.
The delegation led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, who is the elected poli…
May 29, 2017 - The 17th Karmapa, one of Tibet’s leading Buddhist figures arrived in Toronto yesterday on his first visit to Canada. Known for his concerns about current global issues as well as for his spiritual leadership, the 31-year-old Karmapa will engage in a wide range of religious activities and will speak on environmental and social responsibility at various universities.
During his month long trip to Canada, the Karmapa will travel to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor the 16th Karmapa, who travelled extensively throughout the country and was instrumental in introducing Canadians to Buddhism in the 1970s.
Head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th holder of a 900-year old lineage. Born in a nomadic family in eastern Tibet, he made headline news in 2000 with his dramatic escape to India, where he now lives near the Dalai Lama. The 17th …
Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) May 25, 2017 11:25 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 25, 2017) - The Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) is privileged to officially host the first Canadian tour of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The month long visit will begin with a large welcoming group upon his arrival at Toronto's, Pearson International Airport on May 29, http://www.karmapacanada.org. His Holiness's visit will proceed to Calgary and end in Vancouver while experiencing many of Canada's natural beauties in his travels across the country.
Born in June 1985, Karmapa was born into a nomad family in Lhatok, in the remote highlands of the region of Eastern Tibet. He was given the name, Apo Gaga, meaning "Happy Brother". In the months prior to his birth, his mother had wonderful, spiritual dreams. On the day of his birth, a cuckoo landed on the tent in which he was born, and many people in the area heard a mysterious trum…
This morning the Karmapa traveled to a northwest suburb of London to visit the impressive BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in Europe. Marble and limestone have been brought alive by Indian artists, who carved every inch with intricate design. The founder of this Hindu bhakti tradition was guru Swaminarayan (1781-1830), famous for his support of the poor and encouraging women’s education. He was also known for his vegetarianism and opposition to animal sacrifice, positions that the Karmapa also supports.
At the temple, the Karmapa was met by Pujya Yogvivekdas Swami and offered the traditional greeting of a garland of flowers, a tika (the red mark of blessing) and a blessed cord. The Karmapa was then guided through the temple to see an exhibition on understanding Hinduism. Always curious, he asked many question of the guide. He then participated in prayers with the swami and other priests in two of the shrine rooms, both of white m…