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Lt. Governor Welcomes His Holiness the Karmapa to Washington State -Waltgov

June 30, 2017

Yesterday evening, the Lt. Governor welcomed His Holiness the Karmapa, the second-highest ranking Tibetan Buddhist in exile and a world-renowned spiritual leader, to Washington state.

The Lt. Governor thanked the Karmapa and his delegation for visiting Seattle again, and for bringing with him a message of compassion and global-mindedness. This trip marks the Karmapa’s third visit to Seattle, and his fourth visit to the United States. Seattle, in particular, has developed infrastructure to expand opportunities for exchange with Tibet’s Buddhist leaders, as it is the home of both the Karmapa Foundation, which facilitates the Karmapa’s travels and conducts outreach, and the Seeds of Compassion non-profit, which promotes the Dalai Lama’s work teaching compassion.

His Holiness the Karmapa serves as the head of the largest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karma Kagyu. His Holiness was recognized as the 17th Karmapa at the age of 7, and is historically unique in …

His Holiness concludes his first visit to Canada by greatly delighting Vancouver - Karma Changchub Ling

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (, at 31 years old, is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Karmapa lineage dates back 900 years; it is the oldest and foremost lineage to commence a tradition of reincarnate teachers in Tibetan Buddhism.

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first Canadian tour arrived at its final stop, Vancouver, on June 17th. His Holiness was warmly received by local Tibetans and members of the legislative assembly for Burnaby and Richmond cities at the airport. The party then arrived together to a welcoming procession at Thrangu Monastery Canada.

On June 18, His Holiness performed the empowerment of Avalokiteśvara or Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the compassion of all the Buddhas. His Holiness explained:

“When we talk about compassion in Buddhism, it is not merely the sympathy, empathy, or pity that we usually have. The compassion that is taught in the Dharma is a stronger compassion than normal. It is more invol…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Expresses His Birthday Wish – To Visit His Homeland

On the 26th of June the Gyalwang Karmapa expressed his wish to visit Tibet via a video message on Facebook. The transcript and video are reproduced here.

First, I would like to thank personally all those who took an interest in and celebrated my birthday both inside and outside of Tibet in wonderfully different ways. So many have placed their faith in me and I thank you for this. I do whatever I can to fulfill the hopes you have placed in me. Now seventeen years have passed since I separated from my parents and came to India. I have not seen them since I left Tibet. Honestly speaking, my birthday is not a happy occasion for me, because usually on such a day, we gather together with our parents, relatives, and friends to be happy and enjoy ourselves but this I cannot do. Speaking from a human point of view, it is very sad and disappointing, and so for about five years, I have not observed my birthday. In general, I have been blessed with the name of Karmapa, and so there is a multitude…

Video: Long Life Offering to the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

The Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the Long Life Offering for the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, based on the Combined Sadhana of the Three Roots, Thrangu Monastery Canada, 26th June.

Conclusion of First Canadian Tour

26 Jun 2017

At times, a month can drag on without end, but certainly not the Saga Dawa (the fourth month, a holy month on the Tibetan calendar) of the year of Firebird. This month, Canada has been blessed with a well-anticipated visit from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. After years of invitation, the Gyalwang Karmapa has landed in Toronto and begun his first Canadian tour on May 29, 2017. His Holiness has since traveled country-wide, from east to west, giving public talks and performing Buddhist rituals. After two weeks of events scheduled on the east coast, His Holiness stopped at Calgary for a public event before reaching Vancouver– the final destination for this tour. Along the way, His Holiness has also visited many Buddhist centres of various traditions, and has enjoyed much of the beauty the Canadian landscape has to offer. In Vancouver, the Gyalwang Karmapa shared with us a week of events which have come to a conclusion only today, with an off-the-s…

Akshobhya Teachings and Empowerment

From June 23rd to 24th, 2017, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a two-day teaching on dealing with disturbing emotions in relation to the Akshobhya practice. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Gyalwang Karmapa greeted a variety of ordained and lay sangha, totalling as much as twenty five hundred attendees in the audience, with his wisdom and compassion. Over the course of this teaching, His Holiness shared with the audience his experience with the Akshobhya practice, from the inspiration he has found while reading the sutras on Buddha Akshobhya, to the benefit he has reaped from this practice. The teaching was concluded with the Akshobhya empowerment. At the end of this memorable last teaching for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to Canada, he noted his intent to return and answer unaddressed questions from the audience. At this instant, the theatre roared with applause, cheers, and filled with smiling faces. His Holiness also suggested performing a Long Life Prayer on hi…

Video: HH Karmapa's Visit to Lin Yen Temple

His Holiness Karmapa was greeted with loud applauses and enthusiasms by the Lin Yen's congregation when he visited the temple. The nuns led HH Karmapa in tour in around their facility. The crowd gathered and followed giving HH Karmapa with such warm welcome.

His Holiness and Wade Davis – In Dialogue in Vancouver

The 17th Gwalyang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis delighted Canadians in a brilliant afternoon dialogue at the University of British Columbia’s Chan Centre in Vancouver on June 22, 2017.

The afternoon’s conversation was engaging, insightful and inspiring and also had a relaxed and intimate fireside feeling.

Much warmth came from the traditional First Nations’ welcome, both the Coast Salish traditional dances and Musqueam Grand Chief Ed John’s welcome.

“I want to put a blanket around you and stand you up with honour and to respect the dignity that you bring to all of us,” said Chief John, wrapping a Musqueam woven blanket around his Holiness (which his Holiness wore throughout the afternoon). “You bring universal truths to all of us.”

His Holiness received the blanket with a thumbs up, visibly moved. “For all of the members of the First Nations here today there is a very long distance between Canada and Tibet, but I feel there’s a real closeness in our he…

Process Underway to Lift Restrictions on Karmapa’s Visit in Sikkim: Rijiju - Northeast Today

June 22
by Northeast Today

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju visited Phodong Monastery in North Sikkim on Wednesday where he was given a grand welcome by the monks. Rijiju expressed his happiness on the opportunity of visiting such a holy monastery of Sikkim. The Minister offered khada and lit the butter lamps at the monastery for the well being of all sentient beings.

While addressing a large gathering of monks, local public and students at the monastery, he informed that recently restrictions on the travel of the Karmapa to any place apart from Sikkim were lifted by the Government of India. His Holiness had earlier visited Arunachal Pradesh and the people of the state accorded a grand reception to him thus showing their faith in him. He said that the lifting of the restrictions on the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa in visiting Sikkim is currently under process and meetings are being held to resolve various issues. He was tirelessly pursuing the matter in his Ministry, owing t…

Tibet's Next Leader Warns How Apathy Can Kill - OZY

By Greg Bruno
JUN 22 2017

Because apathy can become an epidemic.

The 17th Karmapa of Tibet, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has been called the future “shepherd of the Tibetan people,” a Buddhist leader-in-waiting who will one day replace the Dalai Lama as the most important crimson-clad chieftain for many Tibetans. Though his claim to the throne of the Karma Kagyu lineage has been contested, most Tibetans — and even the Chinese government — agree that Ogyen Trinley Dorje is the real deal. Last month, the Karmapa was in the U.K. for his first-ever visit as he released a new book, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society. OZY sat down with the 31-year-old philosopher monk to discuss his book and the roots of suffering, Chinese politics and why some leaders might need to have their heads examined. This interview has been condensed and edited.


Video: Gyalwang Karmapa visits Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling


Video: Visiting Victoria, BC - 2017.6.21

On June 21st His Holiness visited Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, and was given a tour of the province's Parliament buildings.

Afterwards, Butchart Gardens hosted His Holiness and guests with an amazing, complimentary guided tour. Thank you to Butchart Garden's incredible staff and their hospitality!

Video: Gyalwang Karmapa visits Palpung Phende Kunkyab Vanvoucer

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Palpung Phende Kunkyab founded by Tai Situ Rinpoche in the afternoon, 20th June. The sangha and lay people welcomed His Holiness and offered mandala. The Karmapa encouraged all to pray for Rinpoche's good health, had dinner there, and thereafter, returned to Thrangu centre.

Video: Gyalwang Karmapa visits Nalandabodhi Center in Vanvouver, Canada

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's centre Nalandabodhi Vancouver in the afternoon, 20th June. The sangha and lay people led by Rinpoche welcomed His Holiness and offered mandala. The Karmapa commented on the close connection between the Sixth, the Seventh Dzogchen Ponlop and the Sixteenth Karmapa, and had a pleasant exchange with the audience.

Chenrezig Empowerment for the Tibetan Community at Thrangu Monastery

Power from the Declaration of Truth

——A Chenrezig Empowerment

Time & Date: 2:00-4:00PM, Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Thrangu Monastery Canada
Tibetan to English: Khenpo Karma Choephel

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first public teaching in Vancouver was organized by the Karma Kagyu Association of Canada, and co-organized by the Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia.  It took place on June 18th at Thrangu Monastery Canada.

After the abbot of Thrangu Monastery Canada, Dungse Lama Pema, invited His Holiness onto the throne, the afternoon began with a recitation of the “Mahamudra Lineage Aspiration Prayer”.  Before the empowerment commenced, the co-organizer shared a short welcoming speech and made offerings to the Gyalwang Karmapa.  Throughout this event, His Holiness gave explanations at each stage and spoke briefly of their significance.  Found below is the entirety of His Holiness’ teaching for this Chenrezig empowerment.


Chenrezig: The Embodiment of all the Compassion of all t…

His Holiness arrives at Thrangu Monastery

The final stop on his Canada tour took the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Vancouver-Richmond to the country’s first traditional Tibetan monastery.

On the 17th of June at 5pm, the Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Vancouver-Richmond, British Columbia, at Thrangu Monastery. The sounds of the gyalings (trumpets) filled the air as His Holiness stepped onto the red carpet decorated with the auspicious symbols. With the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Dungse Lama Pema at his side, His Holiness made his way into the shrine room, walking slowly, making eye contact left and right with those that lined the walkway to welcome him.

Canadian monastics from Kagyu centers across the country, representatives from Tibetan Associations from British Columbia, Seattle and Portland, as well as main sponsors of the Thrangu monastery Eva Lau and Margaret Lee, along with local government officials and many devoted students were on hand on this auspicious occasion – His Holiness’ first …