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Being Human Ain’t Easy: Unexpected Lessons from His Holiness the 17th Karmapa - Compassion Games

We surely can’t complain about the mystery and thrill of being alive. Yet, regardless of one’s walk of life, it just isn’t easy being human. Like the tilted spinning of the Earth traveling through the Milky Way, having balance in one moment does not necessarily mean we will have it in the next. Life is messy. We are each challenged by the struggles of maintaining harmony in our relationships, by the incessant demand of finances and making a living, and of nurturing the physical and mental health of ourselves and those we love. We each desire meaning, belonging, and purpose in our lives. These challenges in life, in their various forms and magnitudes, are a given. It is how we respond – not react – to life’s challenges that truly matter, transmuting them into all the more reason to love harder and be more compassionate toward others and toward ourselves, knowing we all suffer in one way or another. Unfortunately, this is far easier to say and know than to do. Which is perhaps why thousands…

Karmapa Holds Two-Week Dialogue with Tibetan Youth

(29 May – 16 June, 2015 – Dharmasala, India) For the first two weeks of June, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is engaging in dialogue with Tibetan doctoral and masters students from universities across India. The sustained interaction is focused on a wide variety of topics ranging from identity to poverty to women’s empowerment. The programme is organized by Kun Kyong Charitable Trust at the request of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. It follows on his meeting on youth leadership in November of last year with over 100 Tibetan university students in Delhi, where the Gyalwang Karmapa committed to engage in continued interactions with Tibetan university students. This is the first programme of its sort, linking Tibetan university students with a Buddhist spiritual leader for such a sustained dialogue regarding topics of broad social concern. The interactions continue the Karmapa’s emphasis on working with youth to address major issues facing 21st-century society, and to inspire t…

KARMAPA: Who is the HERO who can save the world?

The age we live in can be called the information era, and the connections between us individuals are getting much closer. Media shared by one person can reach many people and have many effects. For that reason, we can each increase our own individual power and effectiveness towards positive change. If everyone of us takes on that responsibility, I think we can definitely make a big difference. Instead of waiting for a great, powerful being to come from outside to be our hero, we ourselves need to make that commitment to becoming a great person who protects the world. I think this is the responsibility of us all.
~H. H. the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Watch Karmapa's answer: 
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Additional photographs from His Holiness Karmapa's visit to America 2015


10 Questions with the 17th Karmapa -Time

@siobhannyc May 14, 2015

He’s an environmentalist, he’s friends with the Dalai Lama, and, at 29, the 17th Karmapa may be Tibet’s next hope.

The Dalai Lama is turning 80. Do you worry what will happen to Tibetans when he dies?
All Tibetans have placed our hopes in His Holiness, and we depend on him so profoundly. While the communist invasion was obviously a disaster for the people and culture of Tibet, it also had the side effect under His Holiness’s leadership of uniting all Tibetan lineages in a way that had never happened. When he passes away, I worry we will be like a body without a head.
Many think you will be the next spiritual leader for all Tibetans. Will you?
People say this a lot, and it’s out of affection. But to be direct: the Dalai Lama has been both the political leader and also the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and it’s highly unlikely anyone else would be universally accepted like him as the leader of all Tibetans.
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Karmapa on Campus (The New Yorker)


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On Saturday, His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the top lama in the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, led a prayer ceremony at Riverside Church for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. It is for such work (alleviating suffering, raising funds) that he’d come to America, in March, to take a tour of colleges and temples—and perhaps why he’d been born, if you believe, as Tibetans do, that he is the embodiment of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion.

But is the Karmapa not a man? A few weeks before the earthquake, His Holiness was eating vegan Thai takeout at the home of a Princeton chemistry professor, which overlooked a golf club’s sixteenth fairway. Someone asked the Karmapa to name his favorite food.

“Meat,” he said.

“But you’re a vegetarian.”


This was a small private reception, an appropriate occasion for levity. Still, there were almost as many security personnel as guests. The Karmapa is hol…

Understanding Emptiness as a Means to Compassion by HH Karmapa


Excerpts from a two-session event entitled “A Call to Compassionate Action,” organized by the Nalandabodhi community, headed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and translated by Mitra Tyler Dewar 2015.

Learning about the emptiness of the self is actually learning about the totality of who we are, because when we examine who we really are beyond our assumptions, we then begin to discover all of the other things that we depend on to be ourselves. And when we discover all those other things that we are depending on to be ourselves, we develop a further sense of gratitude towards the kindness that we were receiving from those things in order to exist. And when this understanding becomes complete, then I think we have full understanding of who we really are.
I think understanding emptiness in this way is really the first step in developing compassion, because it involves understanding the full reality of who we are. If we understand emptiness in this way, then we know who we really ar…

Sakya’s Phuntsok Phodrang Welcomes Karmapa to Seattle Monastery

(May 9, 2015 – Seattle, Washington) Maintaining a relationship of multiple lifetimes, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa paid a visit today to the Sakya Monastery of His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the current throne holder of Phuntsok Phodrang, also commonly known as Dagchen Rinpoche. During his time at the monastery, the 17th Karmapa held a private meeting with Dagchen Rinpoche, Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya and their family, and then gave a Tara transmission to the entire Sakya community. The welcome address was delivered by Dagmo Kusho Sakya, the wife of Dagchen Rinpoche and herself an eminent teacher in the lineage. Dagmo Kusho outlined the exceptionally close bonds between the lamas of the Phuntsok Phodrang and the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. (Along with Drolma Phodrang headed by the current Sakya Trizin, Phuntsok Phodrang is one of the two surviving branches of the Khon family that have upheld the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism for nearly one thousand years. The heads of the two pho…