17th H.H The Karmapa

The Seventeenth Karmapa

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 masters are able to consciously arrange to be reborn as a teacher who can carry on the teachings of a predecessor in a prior life. Pursuant to this tradition, the Karmapas have incarnated in this form of manifestation body (skt. nirmanakaya), for seventeen lifetimes, as of the present, and all have played a crucially important role in preserving and propagating the Buddhist teachings of Tibet.

His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, presently age 32, is the 17th in the line of Karmapas stretching back to 1110 CE. He was born in 1985 in eastern Tibet to a family of nomads. Recognized by the lineage holders and teachers of the Kagyu Lineage and by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the 17th reincarnation, His Holiness was officially enthroned at Tsurphu monastery, the historical seat of the Kagyu in 1992. Currently living in India, he is the supreme leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and heads over one hundred monasteries spread across the Himalayas.

For more information on his current activities and schedule, please visit www.kagyuoffice.org.