News about the Karmapa

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Karmapa: Tibetan Buddhism's Next Great Leader?

At first look, His Holiness The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa is intimidating. Well built, self possessed, and with a keen glance, he walks more like a middle weight boxer than one of the most venerated religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. As he moves around the room, the sly and playful side of his twenty-six year old character flashes occasionally as he teases his capable translator and raises an eyebrow with interest at an hors d'oeuvre nervously presented to him. Later, as he begins to share his perspective on individual spirituality and global concerns, a fully formed figure emerges - that of a powerful young man who is rapidly becoming a world religious leader.  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Young Lama Prepares for a Greater Role

NEW YORK TIMES -- WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - At the age of 7, he was deemed to be the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa - one of the most revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism - and whisked from the yak-hair tent of his nomad family in the Himalayas to be groomed in a monastery for leadership. Now 26, his mere appearance on the stage alongside the Dalai Lama at a major ceremony in Washington this month sent a flutter of excitement through the Tibetans in the crowd . . .  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on Compassion in New Jersey

His Holiness the Karmapa departed his North American seat in Woodstock, NY, for a visit to another Dharma center under his spiritual guidance-Karma Thegchen Choling center of New Jersey (KTC-NJ). In this rural setting in southern New Jersey, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered Dharma teachings to a large gathering of students. 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches at His North American Seat

Woodstock, NY: Early in the morning, shuttle buses discharged a steady stream of people, arriving from all directions to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa at his North American seat, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. By 10 am, an estimated 800 people were joyfully awaiting His Holiness' arrival.  

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Kalachakra for World Peace Concludes

On the last day of the Kalchakra event in Washington DC, His Holiness the Karmapa attended the morning session which began at 7 am with prayers led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who then proceeded to give the White Tara long life empowerment to all those gathered in the hall.  

Friday, July 15, 2011

Karmapa Speaks to Radio Free Asia and Voice of America

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje was interviewed today by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. These were the first ever live television interviews with the Karmapa, broadcast into Tibet and around the world. Both interviews were conducted in Tibetan. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gyalwang Karmapa Visits WWF Headquarters

For several years now, His Holiness the Karmapa has been very interested and active in environmental protection and ecology. Today he had the opportunity to meet with senior scientists and environmental leaders at the World Wildlife Fund headquarters in Washington DC.  

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Karmapa Arrives in USA to Receive Kalachakra Teachings from HH the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived on the West Lawn of the US Capitol this morning. In the afternoon, His Holiness attended the Kalachakra ceremony for World Peace at the Verizon Center given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Karmapa will be engaged in further religious activities throughout his stay. This is the first time that His Holiness has returned to the United States since his historic first visit in 2008.