H.H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa


“Human beings are the most intelligent and resourceful species on earth. If we use our intelligence to cause more suffering, rather than to bring some real benefit to others and ourselves, we are no better than beasts.”

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the head of the 900 year-old Karma Kagyu Lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world. The North American Kagyu Monlam is an extension of the larger Kagyu Monlam held in India every year, and both are possible through the auspices of His Holiness.

Statute of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa

Karmapa means “the one who carries out buddha-activity” or “the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas”. In the Tibetan tradition, great enlightened teachers are said to be able to consciously control their rebirth in order to continue their activity for the benefit of all sentient beings. The first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, was born in 1110. He was the first of the great Tibetan masters to establish an incarnating lineage. Since his death in 1193, successive  Karmapas have incarnated in this form of manifestation body (Skt. nirmanakaya), for sixteen lifetimes so far, and all have played a most important role in preserving and promulgating the Buddhist teachings of Tibet.

H.H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was born in 1985 in Eastern Tibet to a nomadic family. After his enthronement as the Gyalwang Karmapa in 1992, he started studying Tibetan and Buddhist rituals, art, and sciences of the mind. Now, as a master of meditation and various other scholarly and artistic disciplines, he oversees major events such as the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, speaks extensively on salient Buddhist as well as global issues, and composes poems, plays, and songs. Although His Holiness currently resides in India, his activity can be seen all over the world.

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