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His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visits U of T - Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies at University of Toronto

by Justin Stein

On May 31, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje opened his first visit to Canada on our campus. Convocation Hall filled with 1500 people who wanted to hear the head of one of the largest schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Born in 1985 to a traditional nomadic family in the high mountains of western Kham in the southeastern part of historical Tibet, Ogyen Trinley Dorje was recognized at the age of seven as the next Karmapa. He was enthroned in the Karmapa’s traditional seat, where he resided until he escaped to India in 2000. In the last ten years, His Holiness has established groundbreaking initiatives in the Tibetan Buddhist world, promoting environmental sustainability, vegetarianism, and full monastic ordination for women.

His Holiness gave a teaching sponsored by the Ho Centre, titled “Mindfulness and Environmental Responsibility.” His Holiness opened by reflecting on the site of Toronto as a gather…

Return to the His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Canadian Seat

May 31, 2017–  In the morning after his arrival, at 9:00AM, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling– a Tibetan Buddhist centre under the direction of Lama Tenzin Dakpa.  This was a visit of great significance, as the centre was first established in 1976 by the venerable Lama Namsel Rinpoche under the request of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.

Upon arrival, His Holiness was ushered into the main shrine hall and seated on the highest throne, on which he proceeded to receive a body-speech-mind offering from the sangha.  The yellow rice and tea ceremony followed in sequence for the welcome ceremony.  Shortly after tea was served, the current resident teacher of Karma Sonam Dargye Ling, Lama Tenzin Dakpa, rose to speak.

Lama Tenzin referenced the founder of this centre, Lama Namsel Rinpoche, as one of the first Canadian resident lamas to request for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to visit Canada.  …

VOA TIBETAN: The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Toronto to begin his first Dharma tour in Canada


Greed biggest issue of the environment, Tibet’s Karmapa Lama says - Toronto Star

Worshipped as a living god, will the 17th Karmapa Lama also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity?

By MARTIN REGG COHNOntario Politics Columnist
Tues., May 30, 2017

It is not his destiny to be the next Dalai Lama. For he is already reincarnated as the 17th Karmapa Lama.

Yet he may one day succeed his 81-year-old teacher and protector.

Revered since age 7 as spiritual leader of a 1,000-year-old branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is making his first trip to Canada this week at the age of 31.

Meeting Ontario politicians Tuesday before sitting down for an interview, the Karmapa padded around Queen’s Park in a pair of brown hiking shoes peeking out from under his simple maroon robes. A picture of youthful wisdom with his direct gaze, towering above other monks at six feet tall, he may yet emerge as the public face of Tibetan Buddhism

Worshipped as a living god and the Buddha of Compassion, will he also inherit the Dalai Lama’s imagery of divinity and celebrity?


Touring the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Ontario Legislative Building, Toronto – May 30, 2017

The first day after the arrival of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the entourage accepted an invitation to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Queen’s Park.  At 8:30AM on May 30, 2017, the Gyalwang Karmapa had a warm and refreshing breakfast buffet with members of the legislative assembly in the parliament building while several members made welcoming speeches.  Speakers welcomed and thanked His Holiness on this visit, and discussed with him issues in regard to the the environment.  

In return, the Gyalwang Karmapa expressed appreciation towards the legislative members’ invitation, and gratitude towards their care and attention to the local Tibetan community.  His Holiness also requested for government officials to continue giving support the Tibetan population.    

After the morning exchange of speeches, the Karmapa and his entourage toured the chamber for debates and proceedings.  Here, they were again…

Press Release - Major Tibetan Buddhist Leader, The Karmapa in Canada for First Official Visit

May 29, 2017 - The 17th Karmapa, one of Tibet’s leading Buddhist figures arrived in Toronto yesterday on his first visit to Canada. Known for his concerns about current global issues as well as for his spiritual leadership, the 31-year-old Karmapa will engage in a wide range of religious activities and will speak on environmental and social responsibility at various universities.

During his month long trip to Canada, the Karmapa will travel to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. In doing so, he is following in the footsteps of his predecessor the 16th Karmapa, who travelled extensively throughout the country and was instrumental in introducing Canadians to Buddhism in the 1970s.

Head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the 17th holder of a 900-year old lineage. Born in a nomadic family in eastern Tibet, he made headline news in 2000 with his dramatic escape to India, where he now lives near the Dalai Lama. The 17th …

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s First Visit to the United Kingdom - Contact News

By Marine Ragueneau  /  May 29, 2017

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his first visit to the United Kingdom this month.

At 31 years old, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, a reincarnation lineage that dates back more than 900 years. His Holiness was born in eastern Tibet but fled to India in 2000, where he now resides at the Gyuto Monastery near Dharamshala. He is the only reincarnate Lama to have been recognised by both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese communist government.

The Karmapa’s 11-day visit began on May 17 and the first public event was held on May 20 in London’s Battersea Park.

“I would like to express my great delight at this opportunity that has come to pass for me to visit London, the capital of the United Kingdom, for the first time. Especially, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all you friends who are gathered here. I have been waiting for a long time to visit the United King…

Karmapa in Toronto - the Reception

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto – May 29, 2017

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived early afternoon on May 29th for his first ever visit to Canada. His plane touched down at the Toronto Pearson International Airport after a ten-hour flight from London, United Kingdom.  He was welcomed by members of  the Kagyu Karma Association of Canada (KKAC) and numerous devotees.  Next to the gate, volunteers held a colourful bilingual banner with the KKAC insignia trumpeting ¨Karmapa, Welcome to Canada¨. As he walked slowly past a long line of devotees offering white katas, the 17th Karmapa smiled warmly at everyone.

The Karmapa arrived at his hotel still looking jovial and high spirited, where an official reception followed. Dungse Lama Pema began with a welcome speech by thanking His Holiness for accepting the invitation to come to Canada, and his staff members for working hard in making this visit possible. Lama Tenzin Dakpa and several legislation members followed with…

A Historic Touch Down

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has arrived in Toronto on May 29, 2017 and set his foot for the very first time on Canadian soil.  During his month-long stay in Canada, the Karmapa will be giving public teachings and guiding prayers across the country, primarily in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  Public events will begin two days after his landing: May 31st to June 4th in Toronto, June 14th in Calgary, and June 18th to 24th in Vancouver.

Canadian events are organized by the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada.  Event details and ticketing information can be found on the organizer official website

The Gyalwang Karmapa Begins His First Canadian Tour

May 29-30, 2107 – Toronto, Canada

After a very successful visit to the United Kingdom, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived early afternoon for his first ever visit to Canada.  He was welcomed at the Toronto airport by members of the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) and numerous devotees, who displayed a colorful bilingual banner with the KKAC insignia, ¨Karmapa, Welcome to Canada.¨ As he walked slowly past a long line of devotees offering white katas, the Karmapa smiled warmly at everyone.

Still looking delighted, he arrived at his hotel where an official reception followed that included over one hundred guests. Dungse Lama Pema began with a welcome speech thanking His Holiness for accepting the invitation to come to Canada, and his staff members for working so hard to make this visit possible. Lama Tenzin Dakpa and several members of the legislature followed with short speeches to express their joy and gratitude. A welcoming Tibetan ceremony was…

Times of Joy and Sorrow: His Holiness Reflects on His First Visit to the UK

May 27, 2017 – Lakeside International Hotel, Frimley Green, England

In the concluding public event of the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to the United Kingdom, nearly 2,000 people gathered at Lakeside International Hotel near Frimley Green in Surrey to receive an Amitayus Long Life empowerment. The Nepalese and Gurkha community turned out in force to welcome the 17th Karmapa and were joined by devotees from the UK, Europe, America, and other countries worldwide. This was the second part of a one-day program organised by the Buddhist Community Centre UK.

Monks from various Kagyu European centres and the Karmapa’s ritual master and attendants had worked hard to prepare the stage for the empowerment. The golden pagoda used during the Chenresik empowerment earlier in the visit now enshrined an image of Amitayus and a smaller image of Guru Rinpoche. To the left of the images, a large bowl contained long-life pills made from roasted barley and butter and to the right four bowls contained long-lif…

The Karmapa Visits the World of Nepal in England

Aldershot, Hampshire, England – Morning, May 27, 2017

Early on this day of the Karmapa’s visit to the Nepali community in Aldershot, the double arch of a luminous rainbow filled the sky. It recalled his first visit to the US when rainbows followed him everywhere on the East Coast. The Karmapa was invited by the Buddhist Community Centre UK to this beautiful area of England, famous for its military garrisons and home to a sizeable population of Gurkha soldiers who have served in the British army. In 2006 they were allowed to live in England and in 2007, the Buddhist Community Centre UK was founded by Mr. Kaji Sherpa. He had the vision of establishing a Buddhist monastery to serve the growing Buddhist Community in this southeast region of the UK.

His daughter explained that about half of the Gurkha population in Nepal is Buddhist, and that her father felt a need for Buddhist guidance in this community, so a committee of Nepalis purchased a social club and completely transformed it into a …

Reception with HRH the Prince of Wales; Tour of English Countryside

At 11 am on Friday 26th May 2017, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje was received by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at his country home of Highgrove (pictured). Their conversation covered issues of mutual concern, such as global climate change. His Holiness gifted His Royal Highness a copy of his new book ‘Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society’. The meeting was followed by a tour of the grounds & gardens.

Following the historic meeting His Holiness traversed the beautiful English countryside, stopping in Chippenham, Avebury & Stonehenge.

Marketwired: His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Visit Toronto May 29 - June 3, 2017

Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) 
May 25, 2017 11:25 ET

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 25, 2017) - The Karma Kagyu Association of Canada (KKAC) is privileged to officially host the first Canadian tour of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The month long visit will begin with a large welcoming group upon his arrival at Toronto's, Pearson International Airport on May 29, His Holiness's visit will proceed to Calgary and end in Vancouver while experiencing many of Canada's natural beauties in his travels across the country.

Born in June 1985, Karmapa was born into a nomad family in Lhatok, in the remote highlands of the region of Eastern Tibet. He was given the name, Apo Gaga, meaning "Happy Brother". In the months prior to his birth, his mother had wonderful, spiritual dreams. On the day of his birth, a cuckoo landed on the tent in which he was born, and many people in the area heard a mysterious trum…

Protesting monks of Denzong Lhadey awaits decision of the Union Government for permission to Karmapa to visit Sikkim - The Sikkim Tribune

TST Reporter (Pappu Mallick)

Gangtok, May 25: With the Central Government considering lifting travel restrictions on 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, protesting monks of Denzong Lhadey expressed their joy at BL House, Tibet road in Gangtok. Sangha MLA Sonam Lama who addressed the members of the press expressed that the Cabinet Committee on Security will take the decision in their favour.

The restriction is being proposed to be lifted to all parts of the country barring Rumtek Monastery, East Sikkim. Sangha MLA in his address stated, "MHA has proposed for the restriction to be lifted to the CCS who are still considering the decision. But based on the assurance given to us by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit last week, we are hopeful that the decision will be in our favour. Our demand still sticks to Karmapa being allowed to visit the State. We are unsure about his visit to Rumtek Monastery from being considered, but we are hopeful that the visit to the State …