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The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader? --Huffington Post

Posted: 07/30/11 08:00 AM ET  

At first look, His Holiness The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa is intimidating. Well built, self possessed, and with a keen glance, he walks more like a middle weight boxer than one of the most venerated religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. As the twenty-six year old moves around the room, his sly and playful side flashes occasionally as he teases his capable translator and raises an eyebrow with interest at an hors d'oeuvre nervously presented to him. Later, as he begins to share his perspective on individual spirituality and global concerns, a fully formed figure emerges - that of a powerful young man who is rapidly becoming a world religious leader. HH the Gyalwang Karmapa is the 17th incarnated head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, that began slightly over 900 years ago. The Karma Kagyu school is one of four in Tibet, represents approximately 20% of Tibetan Buddhists, and has hundreds of monasteries and centers all over the world. A…


July 29, 2011 - Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC His Holiness the Karmapa's last public talk of His second overseas trip was held in Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City, on July 29. The admission tickets were taken up quickly on opening day of the online ticket sale. On the day of the talk, many arrived at the lecture hall two hours early, intending to find a good seat in their designated area. Some arrived without a ticket, hoping to be lucky enough to attend the talk at the last minute. An article in that day's New York Times, "A Young Tibetan Lama Prepares for a Greater Role," no doubt stimulated interest in the talk among the public. Before 7:00 p.m., the seven hundred seats of the two-story lecture hall were filled completely. There were also about two thousand and five hundred viewers on the live webcast, waiting eagerly for this concluding talk of His Holiness's visit. In the enthusiastic audience were Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinp…

‘Personal feeling of connection’ The Karmapa lama speaks to Woodstock Times(Hudson Valley Times)

by Andrea Barrist SternHudson Valley Times July 28, 2011 12:49 PM

A long overdue summer rain washed out the public appearance by Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa lama, that had been scheduled at the Comeau property on Monday afternoon as an opportunity for lama to meet the people of Woodstock. But if the lama won’t come to the people, it seems the people will come to the mountain. A small crowd, including several town councilpersons, took a chance they might meet the Karmapa and drove to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) monastery on Overlook Mountain, the monastery that was built for him and is his North American seat.

There, the crowd swelled to some 80 to 100 people who waited in the main shrine room until the Karmapa learned of their presence and came downstairs from his residence area to greet them. Sitting on an elaborate throne decorated with Tibetan designs and with one of the largest gilt Buddhas in North America as his backdrop, the Karmapa said he…

New York Times: A Young Tibetan Lama Prepares for a Greater Role

Librado Romero/The New York Times

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 26, the man deemed to be the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa, one of the most revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism, recently visited a monastery in Woodstock, N.Y.
Published: July 28, 2011

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — At the age of 7, he was deemed to be the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa — one of the most revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism — and whisked from the yak-hair tent of his nomad family in the Himalayas to be groomed in a monastery for leadership.
Now 26, his mere appearance on the stage alongside the Dalai Lama at a major ceremony in Washington this month sent a flutter of excitement through the Tibetans in the crowd. Here was more evidence to them that the Dalai Lama had taken the young Karmapa under his wing, serving as teacher and father figure in India, where both live in exile, because China claims sovereignty over Tibet.
The Karmapa and the Dalai Lama lead different Tibetan Buddhist lineag…

Home sweet home: Karmapa lama returns to KTD and plans Woodstock appearance on July 25(Hudson Valley Times)

by Andrea Barrist SternHudson Valley Times July 21, 2011 12:36 PM

What a difference three years can make. A visibly matured Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa lama and at the age of 26 the head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, visited a vastly changed Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), his North American seat, for the second time last weekend.

With only 11 days of notice because of visa restrictions imposed by India, which has given him sanctuary since his flight from Tibet in 2000, KTD marshaled a small battalion of volunteers, staff members, security personnel, shuttle van drivers, parking attendants, greeters, cooks and other recruits to do the thousands of things necessary to make the visit possible, according to Mark Rothe, KTD executive director. Following the lama’s arrival on Friday, the visit’s first leg included teachings on Saturday and Sunday for some 1000 ticketed followers in a specially erected tent on the property along with various other s…