Tibetan Buddhist Leader, 17th Karmapa, to Visit the U.S. Two-month Trip to Include University Lecture Tour (RNS)



March 9, 2015



His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, will begin his third trip to America in mid-March. During the two months of this visit, the Karmapa will lecture at universities across the country and reconnect with the many Buddhist communities under his guidance as head of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
A major focus of this trip will be his stops on university campuses, where the 29-year old Buddhist leader will deliver lectures, interact with faculty, sit in on classes himself and take the opportunity to connect with young people.
Yale University is awarding him its prestigious Chubb Fellowship, and the young Buddhist monk will also receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Redlands. While at Yale on April 7, the Karmapa will be delivering the Chubb Fellowship Lecture:  “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.”
During the two-month trip, the Karmapa will also grant audiences, blessings and teachings in the New York area, Madison and in Seattle. Campus visits will include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Yale University, University of Redlands, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This trip is being organized by the Karmapa Foundation. For detailed information on the visit and public talks, please visit www.KarmapaAmerica2015.org
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, guides millions of Buddhists around the world. At the age of fourteen, he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India to be near His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his own lineage teachers. Well-known as an environmentalist, the Karmapa has created an eco-monastic movement with over 55 monasteries and nunneries acting as local centers of green activism across the Himalayan region. He recently announced plans to establish full ordination for women in the Karma Kagyu tradition, a step that will change the future of Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out, is based on his interactions with American university students.

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