For someone who does have knowledge of Tibet nor Buddhism can you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your position?
Q:For someone who does have knowledge of Tibet nor Buddhism can you introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your position?
HHK: I was born in Eastern Tibet in 1985. I was recognized at the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa when I was seven years old. Then I received a traditional Tibetan Buddhist education. When I was seventeen I escaped fromTibet and arrived in India in 2000. This has become the biggest journey of my life. And then after arriving in India I enriched my traditional education. At the same time I studied different languages. I also studied various modern subjects.
Generally, the Karmapa is one of the important religious leaders within Tibetan Buddhism. In particular, the custom of recognizing incarnate lamas started with the Karmapa. Up until now there have been seventeen incarnations. I think most likely in the year 2010 it will be over 900 years. It is a long history. Mainly, the name Karmapa, in Indian Sanskrit, there is a relationship to ancient Indian Sanskrit. The name means” the doer“, “ the performer.“ Why is this? We believe that the Karmapa has embodied all the Buddhas’ loving kindness and compassion and likewise their power or abilities. He embodies their abilities and has the power to do all their works. Because he is doing their works he is known as the Karmapa.