The Karmapa Has Arrived!

March 15, 2015

Dharma friends from around the Bay Area converged on the San Francisco airport this afternoon, urgently texting one another to reassure themselves they were all in the right place to greet His Holiness the Karmapa. His flight arrived with a slight delay, which allowed the large numbers of Tibetan as well as international disciples to ensure they were in the right place to greet His Holiness as he was ushered through the terminal towards his vehicle. After the emotional welcome by nearly 200 joyful students, His Holiness the Karmapa entered his car, with a smile and a gentle wave to those standing on the curb bowing and waving.
The party proceeded directly from San Francisco airport to Rosewood Sand Hill in Palo Alto where the traditional welcome with a tea and rice ceremony awaited him. All rose as the His Holiness entered the intimate venue and ascended the throne. The mandala offering was made to the 17th Karmapa by Lama Lodru of Kagyu Droden Kunchab Dharma center of San Francisco. Also making offerings in the procession were a Khenpo from Palpung Lungtok Choeling in nearby San Jose, Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala, Dr. James Doty, founder and director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and representatives of the Tibetan Association of Northern California.
After the tea and special rice were offered, marking an auspicious beginning, the reunion adjourned for a few hours break, to resume with an informal reception two hours later.
Although the webcast team had arrived in San Francisco the prior evening, the media team decided to make an impromptu effort to share the occasion with those not physically present. The transmission was successful, and marks what we hope will be a long series of opportunities to bring all along on this journey.  Please check the webcast page frequently, as new webcasts will be added wherever conditions permit.


  1. I was at this place last week. This is such a joy as a place for food! I had a beautiful time at the best birthday party nyc. It reminded me of another center in Memphis, Tennessee. A beautiful, wonderful place that had excellent atmosphere.


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