Home sweet home: Karmapa lama returns to KTD and plans Woodstock appearance on July 25(Hudson Valley Times)
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
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 smaller ceremonies and audiences for individual groups. After a
several-day visit to Karma Thegsum Choling in Shamong, New Jersey, one of some
40 KTD affiliate centers nationwide starting on Wednesday, the Karmapa is
expected to return to Woodstock on Friday or Saturday in time for a public
appearance at Woodstock’s Comeau property at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 25. The
Karmapa will speak about “Caring for the Earth,” sharing teachings on “caring
for ourselves as human beings and for the earth we call home,” said Rothe. The
appearance is intended to give local residents an opportunity to meet the
At KTD last weekend, where followers assembled from
around the world to hear his remarks, the Karmapa began his teachings by
emphasizing the importance of cultivating human goodness and compassion,
cautioning students against permitting a self-consciousness of their Buddhist
practice to obscure the basic importance of always acting first as a human
being. “Sometimes we skip the necessary first step,” he emphasized in Tibetan
that was translated into English, although the lama said he is currently
studying English. “It is not sufficient for the dharma [teachings] to embody
perfection; it is also important for the individual practicing it to be
In monks robes, with a shaved head, and wearing his
ever-present wire-rimmed glasses, the lama segued to Buddhist teachings by
stressing the importance of coordinating one’s actions, speech and thoughts to
alleviate the so-called “suffering” that is the human condition. “It is our own
mind that hurts us,” he said. “What hurts us is our own anger and ill will. We
can run away from that which is physical but it is harder to run away from that
which is the mind.”
We tend to identify ourselves based on outward,
physical attributes and skills, he noted. An individual may be a physician but
that person is actually “so much more.” What is truly authentic and at the core
of our essence is “our innate capacity for love and compassion,” he
In today’s technological society, we are constantly being
bombarded by “an unprecedented amount of information that actually increases our
self-fixation” and “leads us further and further from the truth,” the Karmapa
said. Even our software refers to “my computer, my documents.” Added the lama,
“We need to think about not only our bodies, speech and mind but also the
interconnectedness between ourselves and others...The concept of ‘mine’
imprisons us and places us in solitary confinement.”
The Karmapa’s visit
to Woodstock followed a 10-day gathering in Washington, DC “Kalachakra for World
Peace,” with the Dalai Lama, spiritual head of the Tibetan people. Beginning on
July 6, the 76th birthday of the Dalai Lama, the event was intended to amplify
his commitment to the values of love, compassion, wisdom and interfaith
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 …
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 …
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It is not his destiny to be the next Dalai Lama. For he is already reincarnated as the 17th Karmapa Lama.
Yet he may one day succeed his 81-year-old teacher and protector.
Revered since age 7 as spiritual leader of a 1,000-year-old branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is making his first trip to Canada this week at the age of 31.
Meeting Ontario politicians Tuesday before sitting down for an interview, the Karmapa padded around Queen’s Park in a pair of brown hiking shoes peeking out from under his simple maroon robes. A picture of youthful wisdom with his direct gaze, towering above other monks at six feet tall, he may yet emerge as the public face of Tibetan Buddhism
Worshipped as a living god and the Buddha of Compassion, will he also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity?
Transforming Disturbing Emotions: Dialogue of the Three Major Traditions of Buddhism Date: Thursday, June 1st, 9:30AM – 12:00PM Place: University of Toronto, Convocation Hall (MAP) Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp9TaET_SNw
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May 31, 2017– In the morning after his arrival, at 9:00AM, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling– a Tibetan Buddhist centre under the direction of Lama Tenzin Dakpa. This was a visit of great significance, as the centre was first established in 1976 by the venerable Lama Namsel Rinpoche under the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.
Upon arrival, His Holiness was ushered into the main shrine hall and seated on the highest throne, on which he proceeded to receive a body-speech-mind offering from the sangha. The yellow rice and tea ceremony followed in sequence for the welcome ceremony. Shortly after tea was served, the current resident teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Lama Tenzin Dakpa, rose to speak.
Lama Tenzin referenced the founder of this centre, Lama Namsel Rinpoche, as one of the first Canadian resident lamas to request for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to visit Canada. …
Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:04Lavania Saraf, Tibet Post International
London, UK — "Free from concretizing the eight worldly concerns, we train our mind in the illusion-like outlook that sees things as not real," the 17th Karmapa said during his first trip to the UK, Through training our mind, "our compassion and patience increase and our minds open up."
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was received with anticipation and delight on his first visit to the United Kingdom on May 17th, 2017. His arrival in central London was received by numeral devotees and included a special reception with traditional English afternoon tea.
The visit had been highly anticipated by Karmapa himself, especially due to the strong dharmic connection between the United Kingdom and the Karmapa lineage, believed to be established earlier by the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. On May 18th, Karmapa visited the British Museum where some of the most crucial documents and artifacts in the his…
After a very successful visit to the United Kingdom, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived early afternoon for his first ever visit to Canada. He was welcomed at the Toronto airport by members of the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) and numerous devotees, who displayed a colorful bilingual banner with the KKAC insignia, ¨Karmapa, Welcome to Canada.¨ As he walked slowly past a long line of devotees offering white katas, the Karmapa smiled warmly at everyone.
Still looking delighted, he arrived at his hotel where an official reception followed that included over one hundred guests. Dungse Lama Pema began with a welcome speech thanking His Holiness for accepting the invitation to come to Canada, and his staff members for working so hard to make this visit possible. Lama Tenzin Dakpa and several members of the legislature followed with short speeches to express their joy and gratitude. A welcoming Tibetan ceremony was…
In his first ever visit to Canada, the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism paid a visit to the Ontario Legislative Assembly and attended the fifth anniversary of Tibet Day at the invitation of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, Canada at the provincial parliament on May 30, 2017.
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje also met with five members of the legislative assembly and thanked them for their support for Tibet and Tibetans settled in Ontario area, and urged the officials to continue their support towards Tibetans in Canada.
Mr. Sonam Langkar, the President of the Toronto Tibetan Association, along with members of the local Tibetan community attended the event.
Karmapa and his entourage toured the legislative assembly building following the gathering, and as part of the Tibet Day celebration, the organizers with the help from local Tibetans prepared traditional Tibetan cuisine.