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Two Talks on the Preliminary Practices (Ngondro) - Saturday, May 31, 2008

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, today gave two public teachings on “Building a Strong Foundation for Spiritual Practice” to an audience of approximately 3,000 at Seattle’s famous Paramount Theater. The topic of the teachings was the preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness taught on the four preliminary practices of refuge and bodhichitta, Vajrasattva, mandala offerings, and guru yoga. In the evening, His Holiness granted an audience to a large group of representatives and members of the organizing sanghas whose volunteer efforts helped to make his first visit to the United States possible.


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Sight Seeing in Seattle(Friday, May 30, 2008)

Today His Holiness engaged in site-seeing activities in Seattle and granted audiences at Nalanda West. In the morning, His Holiness and his party were treated to a guided tour of the Museum of Flight, home of the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Company, where His Holiness saw displays related to past lunar missions and received the latest news about data coming in from missions to Mars. In the afternoon, His Holiness was taken on a boat tour of Lake Union and Lake Washington, the two main lakes adjacent to Seattle. In the afternoon, His Holiness granted a blessing and teaching audience to members of Nalandabodhi, the students of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, principal organizer of Karmapa in America ’08. In the evening, His Holiness gave two well-attended audiences for members of the Tibetan community hosted by the local Tibetan Association.
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Seattleites Get Spiritual Insight: The Karmapa Visits(Seattle Times)

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Originally published Friday, May 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Time magazine referred to him as "the world's next top lama. " Elle Magazine named him one of "25 People to Watch. " That's a lot of responsibility...
By Janet I. TuSeattle Times religion reporter

Time magazine referred to him as "the world's next top lama."

Elle Magazine named him one of "25 People to Watch."

That's a lot of responsibility and acclaim for a 22-year-old.

But, in a sense, this young man was born into the role. He is the Karmapa, one of the most prominent lamas — or teachers — in Tibetan Buddhism, and a person regarded as a likely successor to the Dalai Lama as the symbol of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide.

The Karmapa arrived Thursday in Seattle as part of a two-week U.S. tour — his first visit to the West. He plans to meet with local Buddhists and give public teachings.

The Karmapa is traditionally regarded as third in prominence among lamas, after the Dalai and Panche…

HIS HOLINESS KARMAPA Gave Speeches in America 2008 (excerpts)

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, talks about how we should view the notion of enlightenment in the context of our present lifetime (New York, 2008 excerpt from Wisdom of Enlightenment: Awakening the Heart DVD).



His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, tells us we can practice the dharma in whatever we do but we must always rely on mindfulness (New York, 2008 excerpt from Wisdom of Enlightenment: Awakening the Heart DVD).



His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, talks about how we suffer as much from our mental responses to our hardships as we do to the hardships themselves (Boulder, CO, 2008 excerpt from Wisdom of Enlightenment: Healing the World DVD).



His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, talks about transforming our relationship with technology so that it generates positive karma (Boulder, CO, 2008 excerpt from Wisdom of Enlightenment: Healing the World DVD).



His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, talks about expanding …

Karmapa Arrives in Seattle(Thursday, May 29, 2008)

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Today His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, made his first visit ever to Seattle, Washington, where he was greeted by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, the principal organizer of Karmapa in America ’08, at Rinpoche’s main center of activity in the United States, Nalanda West. At the tea and rice reception at Nalanda West, at which Ponlop Rinpoche and other representatives of dharma centers offered His Holiness a mandala and representations of body, speech, and mind, His Holiness and his party were also presented offerings of delicious coffee by Starbucks. Starbucks baristas presented His Holiness with a latte, which His Holiness said he enjoyed. Starbucks generously sponsored the offerings to His Holiness and his party.

His Holiness in Seattle, Washington

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The peaceful struggle: His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa brings his message to Boulder - Boulder Weekly

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May 29-June 4, 2008buzz@boulderweekly.com
The peaceful struggle His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa brings his message to Boulder
by Ben Corbett

When a Tibetan lama touches down on American soil, it is no small affair. Especially if it’s a Karmapa (which means: he who performs the activity of the Buddha), and especially if it’s been 27 years since his previous visit, which happened to be in a previous incarnation. So when it was announced in March that the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, would be coming to Boulder to teach the dharma during his first journey to the western hemisphere, naturally people were ecstatic about this historic event. Over the weekend, old and young, from near and far, they came by the hundreds, and walked away forever changed. For many of the fold, it was the first dharma teaching led by the lama, while others had had the privilege of receiving the words and blessings of his previous incarnation, the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, during one of several …

Ogyen Trinley Dorje: the Next Dalai Lama? - Time

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By DAVID VAN BIEMAThursday, May. 29, 2008





The Lowdown on the new arrival had been that he was brilliant but austere. "He's not jolly like the Dalai Lama," warned an American devotee. "He's a bit stiff." But the baby-faced 22-year-old who may be Tibet's next great hope seemed perfectly relaxed in his room at New York City's Waldorf Towers hotel, none the worse for his first intercontinental flight. Encountering a laptop-bearing reporter, Ogyen Trinley Dorje inquired eagerly about the computer; like his mentor, he's apparently a Mac fan. Asked if he'd managed to sleep on the plane, he replied, "Sleep, but not well. Lot of ..." Then, his maroon robe dancing, the 17th reincarnated head of Tibetan Buddhism's Kagyu sect offered an enthusiastic mime of a bumpy transoceanic flight.

It bodes well for Dorje that he is able to make light of turbulence. As the Karmapa, Tibetan Buddhism's third-ranking personage, he has carried the immeas…

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at KTD (2008)

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. May 2008. Reception ceremony.


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. May 2008. Purification puja and KTD staff appreciation ceremony.


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. May 2008. Morning walk.


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Karma Triyana Dharmchakra. May 2008. Guru Rinpoche empowerment.



His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. May 2008. Rainbows in the sky.


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje watching multiple rainbows appear above Woodstock and KTD monastery.


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. May 2008. Touring the new building.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's first visit to Karme Ling retreat center. May 2008…

Karmapa Visits California(Monday-Wednesday, May 26-28, 2008)

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From Monday, May 26, through Wednesday, May 28, His Holiness Karmapa visited two of the state of California’s most famous cities as part of a rest and recreation segment of his historic first visit to the United States. On Monday, His Holiness briefly swept through San Francisco, giving a short teaching and blessings at Kagyu Droden Kunchab, a Kalu Rinpoche center run by Lama Lodru Rinpoche. His Holiness also gave a brief address to and was ceremoniously greeted by a gathering of members of Palpung Lungtok Choling, a center of His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, who received His Holiness at a San Francisco hotel. That night, His Holiness and his party made their way to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles on Tuesday, His Holiness visited Universal Studios Hollywood. On Wednesday, His Holiness visited Disneyland and was hosted for dinner by Lama Wangchen Rinpoche and his students. At the dinner reception, a representative of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa read and presented His Holiness wi…

Two Talks on “Healing the Environment Through the Mind of Enlightenment”(Sunday, May 25, 2008)

His Holiness had a very full day today, conducting private interviews, giving two public talks at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium, granting a question-and-answer audience for the organizing sanghas of the Boulder visit, and granting an audience to an assembly of hundreds of members of the Boulder Tibetan community at the Boulder Shambhala Center. The topic for His Holiness’s public teachings was “Healing the Environment Through the Mind of Enlightenment,” and at the Tibetan community audience His Holiness gave advice to the assembly and conferred the reading transmission of Avalokiteshvara. His Holiness will now be taking a few days of private rest. He will resume public teachings on Saturday, May 31 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
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His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje: Healing the Earth through Awakening

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Translator: Tyler Dewar Venue: Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 25, 2008 Photographers: Sarite Sanders and James Gritz.


- Notes from a Participant-
Morning teachingThere is a strong connection between the outer world and the inner world. It is a connection of interdependence. Caring for the external world promotes a sense of inner purity. As an example of how the outer world affects our thoughts and actions, His Holiness noted that at his teachings in metropolitan New York, the bright lights around the stage obscured his vision of those who had come to hear him teach. However, at Macky Auditorium, he could see all of us clearly and this would affect what he said to us. Another example of how the outer and inner worlds interact is that when we practice meditation it is important to create proper conditions for practice. For shamata practice, the foundation of all practice, the first thing we must do is to create a peaceful environment. This demonstrate…

Karmapa Visits Boulder, Colorado(Saturday, May 24, 2008)

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Today, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, made his first visit to Boulder, Colorado, the small but thriving city at the foot of the Rockie Mountains which His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, visited three times and at which Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the greatest Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, established his first headquarters at the Shambhala Center, the location of His Holiness’s reception today. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lady Diana Mukpo, Shambhala President Richard Reoch, and representatives and members of many dharma communities received His Holiness in the grand shrine room at the Boulder Shambhala Center. After giving a brief address at the Shambhala Center, His Holiness retired to his residence, where he rested before visiting Naropa University, a contemplative educational institution founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1970’s. His Holiness addressed members of the faculty, staff, and student body. His Holi…

Karmapa Visits New Jersey(Friday, May 23, 2008)

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa visited the Karma Thegsum Choling of New Jersey today, a dharma center of His Holiness operated by Lama Tsultrim and located on a large plot of land in the southern part of the state. His Holiness was received with extensive ceremony and bestowed a Medicine Buddha empowerment, along with wonderful teachings on global harmony and healing, upon the crowd of several hundred devotees. The teachings were translated into both English and Mandarin, the native language of a large portion of the audience.


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Karmapa Visits Karme Ling & Kunzang Palchen Ling(Thursday, May 22, 2008)

Today, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visited Karme Ling and Kunzang Palchen Ling, two Kagyu dharma centers in upstate New York. More details of His Holiness's activities at these centers will be posted shortly.


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Guru Rinpoche Empowerment @ KTD(Wednesday, May 21, 2008)

Today, in the morning, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, granted refuge vows and bestowed an empowerment of Guru Padmasambhava upon the assembly of the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) community. In the afternoon, His Holiness gave a brief explanation of the general meaning of the Seven-Line Supplication to Padmakara based on White Lotus, a text by the great 19th century master, Jamgon Mipham. For the remainder of the day, His Holiness rested and granted assorted group and individual audiences and blessings to members and friends of KTD. Today was the final day featuring formal events at KTD; on Thursday, His Holiness will briefly visit two Kagyü centers in upstate New York, and, on Friday, His Holiness will visit and teach at Karma Thegsum Choling in southern New Jersey.


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Shrine Room Blessing @ KTD(Tuesday, May 20, 2008)

Today, His Holiness blessed the shrine room at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in the morning during a ceremony in which lamas from throughout North America served as ritual assistants. In the afternoon, His Holiness presided over a reception for the donors, staff members, and volunteers of KTD, personally presenting each honoree with a plaque of appreciation. Representatives of the City of Woodstock were in attendance and were among those to whom His Holiness the Karmapa extended his heartfelt gratitude. For the remainder of the day, His Holiness rested and granted audiences.



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Karmapa Departs New York for KTD(Monday, May 19, 2008)

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa departed New York City today to make his way to his North American seat, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), in Woodstock, NY. KTD was founded by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. En route to his historic first landing at KTD, His Holiness visited Kagyu Thubten Choling (KTC), the retreat center led by Lama Norlha, a master in the lineage of the venerable Kalu Rinpoche. KTC is located in Wappingers Falls, NY. At KTC, His Holiness received mandala and body, speech, and mind offerings from Lama Norlha and his students, gave a welcome address to the KTC community, consecrated a recently constructed stupa, visited with the male and female dharma practitioners currently immersed in the traditional three-year retreat, and blessed the site of an additional monastery building to be constructed on KTC’s grounds. When he arrived at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, His Holiness was greeted by a full and colorful welcoming procession com…

"His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Week" in New York City

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008




The past four days in New York City have been a whirlwind of joyous activity for the students of His Holiness Karmapa and the various sanghas organizing the visit. The students in New York are also a little saddened today that the Karmapa's first visit to New York City passed so quickly, and are sending prayers and aspirations that the Karmapa will return to New York City very soon.

Today, on the auspicious Tibetan holy day of Saka Dawa honoring the Buddha's enlightenment, His Holiness Karmapa arrives at his North American seat, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in upstate New York. The cities of Shamong, New Jersey, Boulder, Colorado and Seattle, Washington are also busily and joyfully preparing to host His Holiness in the next two weeks.

His Holiness Karmapa taught again in the Big Apple yesterday, to an audience of approximately 1,700 at the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf-Astoria. Kagyu Office posted this beautiful summary of the teachings:
In discussing …