Buddhist leader visits with students at University of Redlands (Redlands Daily Facts)



By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
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REDLANDS>> A spiritual leader is continuing to forge bonds with University of Redlands students.
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, met with University of Redlands students and officials Monday, as part of his two-day visit to the campus and his two-month tour of the United States.
Dorje, 29, is a Buddhist spiritual leader at the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. During the first day of his visit at the university, Dorje met with University President Ralph Kuncl, visited with Thurber - the school’s mascot - and toured the campus with students who studied with him in India in 2011 and 2013. He also viewed the Peace Tree, which was planted on campus in his honor.
It was Dorje’s first time visiting the campus after several of the univerity’s students visited him in India in 2011 and 2013.
“He had a huge impact on all our lives,” said Karen Derris, professor of religion at the university. “To be able to reconnect with him here is really fabulous.”
Derris also co-edited Dorje’s book, “The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside and Out,” which is based on his teaching to the university’s students during their visit in 2011. They are working on a second book about the 2013 trip.
About 20 of the 28 students who had visited with him were able to return to the university, Derris said.
The tour, which started with a meet-and-greet with Thurber, took Dorje, students and university officials throughout the campus, including the dining hall, dorms and offices.
“This is a pretty amazing inclusion of worlds,” said Elena Cannon, who graduated from the university in 2011. She studied with Dorje when she was a senior during the trip taken in 2011.
On Tuesday, Dorje will meet with first-generation immigrant students.
At 7 p.m., he will accept an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree before giving a public lecture, “Living Interdepedence,” in the university’s Chapel to an estimated 1,700 guests.

The lecture will be live streamed kagyuoffice.org

The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a Buddhist spiritual leader at the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, tours the University of Redlands, CA, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Redlands Daily Facts)
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a Buddhist spiritual leader at the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, tours the University of Redlands, CA, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Redlands Daily Facts)
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a Buddhist spiritual leader at the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, tours the University of Redlands, CA, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Redlands Daily Facts)
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a Buddhist spiritual leader at the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, pets "Thurber," the school mascot, before touring the University of Redlands, CA, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Redlands Daily Facts)
The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, a Buddhist spiritual leader at the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, tours the University of Redlands, CA, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Redlands Daily Facts)

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