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…

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…

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 …

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 …

The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits a Hindu Heartland in London

Neasden, London, England – May 25, 2017

This morning the Karmapa traveled to a northwest suburb of London to visit the impressive BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, the largest Hindu temple in Europe. Marble and limestone have been brought alive by Indian artists, who carved every inch with intricate design. The founder of this Hindu bhakti tradition was guru Swaminarayan (1781-1830), famous for his support of the poor and encouraging women’s education. He was also known for his vegetarianism and opposition to animal sacrifice, positions that the Karmapa also supports.

At the temple, the Karmapa was met by Pujya Yogvivekdas Swami and offered the traditional greeting of a garland of flowers, a tika (the red mark of blessing) and a blessed cord. The Karmapa was then guided through the temple to see an exhibition on understanding Hinduism. Always curious, he asked many question of the guide. He then participated in prayers with the swami and other priests in two of the shrine rooms, both of white m…

Indian Govt. to lift Karmapa’s travel restrictions - Phayul

[Wednesday, May 24, 2017 23:16]
By Tenzin Dharpo

DHARAMSHALA, MAY 24: In a positive development for the Tibetan religious figure 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the Indian government is reportedly set to lift the travel restrictions currently in place.

The Home Ministry has proposed to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that the Karmapa be allowed to travel to any part of the country, except Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, without seeking prior permission from New Delhi. The CCS chaired by PM Modi is a core committee on National Security with the MoD and the MEA among other significant panels, which offer directives on the Karmapa’s security and movement among other things.

The move in question has received a shot in the arm earlier this week when a delegation of monks from various monasteries in Sikkim met with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging permission for the Seventeenth Karmapa to visit Sikkim.

The delegation led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, who is the elected poli…

The Spirit of Protecting the Environment

The Karmapa meets with Lord Williams

Cambridge, England – May 24, 2017

Following a formal lunch in Kings College, Cambridge, the Dean guided the Gyalwang Karmapa on a tour of its stunning gothic church with its soaring roof, long history, and famous paintings. Coming back out into the spacious courtyard and passing through the college gate, the Karmapa walked along streets whose cobblestones and turreted walls make one feel that nothing had changed for centuries. At Great St. Mary’s church, the Karmapa was invited to climb the 123 tightly winding steps up past the belfry to the tower for a panoramic view of the university town.

His final destination was the Garden Room of the Masters Lodge at Magdalene College, where Lord Williams (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) was waiting to greet him at the front door surrounded by cascades of white flowers. Here under the auspices of the Inspire Dialogue Foundation and the International Campaign for Tibet, the Karmapa met with some 15 participa…

Tibetans Look To India With Great Hope: 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje - NDTV

17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. World | Press Trust of India | Updated: May 24, 2017 19:59 IST

LONDON:  Tibetans look to India with great hope, 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje today said as he praised the country for giving Tibetans a home and protection.

The 31-year-old Karmapa, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama, arrived at the McLeod Ganj headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile in 2000 and now lives in Dharamshala.

The head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, who had dramatically escaped to India through Nepal at the age of 14, is here for the launch of his book 'Interconnected'.

"India has been kind in extremely important ways to the Tibetan people, offering us protection and a home. Tibetans look to India with great hope, and we are grateful for all the care we have received," the Tibetan Buddhism's third-highest spiritual leader told PTI.

His book, released in New Delhi in April, is…

Sentience and welfare: The convergence of Dharma and science

May 24, 2017 – St Catharine’s and King’s College, Cambridge, England

Today His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa left London and travelled north to Cambridge, a city whose name has become almost synonymous with its world-famous university. The Karmapa’s visit to Cambridge was hosted by the International Buddhist Confederation’s Secretary for Environment and Conservation, Dr Barbara Maas.

His Holiness’s day in Cambridge began with an academic seminar on animal sentience and animal welfare science, and their significance for our relationship with and treatment of animals. Veterinarians turned animal welfare scientists, Dr Murray Corke and Peter Fordyce from the University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, provided His Holiness with background about the complexities of assessing the wellbeing of animals and introduced him to some of the latest research developments that have transformed our understanding of animal awareness and suffering. These include a wide range of behavioural and physio…

Govt set to lift travel restrictions on 17th Karmapa - Indian Express

Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was recently taken to review the restrictions on his travel in an attempt to “engage” him.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:May 24, 2017 2:26 am

The government is set to lift the travel restrictions imposed on Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. The Home Ministry has proposed to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) that the Karmapa be allowed to travel to any part of the country, except Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, without seeking prior permission from New Delhi.

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu (Black Hat) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was born in Tibet and escaped to India through Nepal at the age of 14. He reached McLeod Ganj, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, in 2000. He lives in Dharamshala and is recognised by the Dalai Lama.

Government agencies had for long suspected that the Karmapa was a “Chinese spy”, but a decision was re…

RFA: His Holiness addresses an audience of Tibetans in London


Karmapa’s travel curbs to go - The Hindu

Vijaita Singh
NEW DELHI,  MAY 23, 2017 

Centre may allow him to visit any place, except Sikkim, without seeking its nod

Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, may be allowed to visit any place in the country, except Sikkim, without seeking the government’s permission. The Home Ministry has moved the proposal before the Cabinet Committee on Security, a senior government official said here on Tuesday.

The move assumes significance in the wake of China’s repeated warnings over the recent Northeast visit of the Dalai Lama, who Beijing describes as a “separatist” for spearheading the Tibetan freedom movement.

No certainty

Though the Dalai Lama has endorsed Urgyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa, it does not necessarily mean that the latter succeeds him, said Amitabh Mathur, Adviser to the Home Ministry on Northeast subjects, including Tibetan affairs.

“But that doesn’t mean he is seen as his successor. That will depend on how Tibetans see him and whether they will look up to him for s…

17th Karmapa’s Latest Book Interconnected Launched in the UK

May 23, 2017 – Watkins Books, London, England

At the conclusion of another very busy day in London, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived in the late afternoon at Watkins Books to attend the UK launch of his most recent book, Interconnected: Embracing Life in our Global Society.

The book is the second in a series based on exchanges between the Karmapa and young people and deals with topics, such as the way electronic connectivity is transforming the way we relate, loneliness, consumer culture, animal protection, and environmental sustainability. At a time when many factors work to polarize society, the book explores ways to build a global society based on our interconnectedness and our commonality as sentient beings. In the book, the Karmapa argues that though global economic integration and information technology are making our interdependence increasingly direct and undeniable, we also need to progress from this intellectual understanding into an deeply felt awareness of our …

Sikkim urges visiting Indian Home Minister to let Karmapa visit - Tibetan Review

(, May 22, 2017) – In only the latest of a long series of moves to bring the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to his exile seat monastery of Rumtek, a delegation of monks from monasteries across Sikkim have met India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek an early permission for him to visit the state. The monks called on Singh on May 20 during his two-day visit to the state, reported India’s PTI news agency May 20.

The report said the delegation submitted a resolution taken after a peace rally in Gangtok on May 18, urging the Government of India to grant one of the “most important demand and aspiration” of the Buddhists of Sikkim, seeking early permission for the Karmapa to visit the state. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism.

The report said the delegation was led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, the elected political representative of the monks in the state’s Legislative Assembly.

The report said a central government order in 1994 i…

Seeing from the Perspective of the World Around Us

May 23, 2017 – The Royal Asiatic Society, London, England

Today the Gyalwang Karmapa came to the famous Royal Asiatic Society to speak about the environment with long-term, core members of the Tibet Society, the world’s first ever Tibetan support group. The Chair, Fredrick Hyde-Chambers OBE, delineated the history of UK and Tibetan relations and the Society’s current activities to support the Tibetan cause. President of the Society, Rt Hon Norman Baker, welcomed the Karmapa with a quote from his book, The Heart is Noble: “To protect the environment is a way to care for all sentient beings.”

The Karmapa then addressed the group, explaining that he had started the organization known as Khoryug to support the protection of the environment in the Himalayan region and to educate monks and nuns so that they could share this crucial information with the communities surrounding them. He stated that the issue of the Tibetan environment transcends politics and deeply affects all the countries aro…

“Karmapa: 900 Years” online e-Book

“Karmapa: 900 Years” has been updated and produced as a new e-book under the Guidance of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. This beautifully illustrated authoritative guide to the Karma Kagyu lineage(and Tibetan Buddhism in general) was first published by KTD Publications on the 900th anniversary of the birth of the first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (1110 – 1193) and has since been translated into over a dozen languages. The Gyalwang Karmapa has instructed that the revised 3rd edition now be made freely available on the KTD Publications website for the benefit of all. Click on the link below to download the e-book and please use the links on the e-book page to share this classic volume with others. DOWNLOAD OR VIEW THE “KARMAPA: 900 YEARS” E-BOOK HERE