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Who is His Holiness the 17th Karmapa?

Who is His Holiness the 17th Karmapa?

The Karmapas are a line of enlightened masters tracing back to the first born in 1110. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa is now just 22 years old and seen as the embodiment of wisdom and compassion, a “living Buddha.” Escaping to India from Tibet, he is head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhismm and is India now the location of his official seat and the exiled lineage.

I was privileged to have received a life-changing blessing from him when he was visiting the Woodstock (his official North American seat) and related monasteries in May, on his first visit to the U.S. and have sought out his online presence ever since. His message about the environment is one of healing the planet through an enlightened mind, noting that everything we do leaves an imprint on the world. The world has given us much, an environment in which we live and practice. Now we should consider how to give back. Here are some YouTube videos (just wait until you see the rainbows that surrounded him in Woodstock), and related sites that I particularly like, including his teachings on healing the environment and and vegetarianism.

The Karmapas are a line of enlightened masters tracing to Dusum Khyenpa, the First Karmapa, born in 1110. In 1985, a boy named “Apo Gaga” was born into a nomadic family in eastern Tibet. In 1992 that boy was recognized as the Seventeenth Karmapa. The tradition that made possible the recognition of the Karmapa in our 20th-21st culture is recounted in the pages of his Web site.

In May and June 2008, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa visited the West for the first time. People from North America, Europe, Asia and beyond traveled to three U.S. cities to meet and receive teachings from one of the greatest spiritual masters of our era.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Although just 22 years old, the Karmapa is seen as the embodiment of wisdom and compassion and is regarded by many followers as a ‘living Buddha.’ Here you can see him arriving at the Woodstock Monastary, KTD.

When in Woodstock, N.Y., the mountaintop monastery and the Karmapa were infused with rainbows at sunset.

The 17th Karmapa’s Talk on Vegetarianism/Not Eating Meat; as Translated Simultaneously, by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche: January 3rd, Full Moon Day, Bodhgaya India, during the 24th annual Great Kagyu Monlam, 2007.

Healing the World Through Enlightened Mind

More readings in English at the official blog for the 2008 U.S. visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. May 15-June 2, 2008.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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6:59AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thank you for posting this for us.

2:46PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Beautiful thank you Annie.
Om Mane Padme Hum

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