February 18, 2011
"What I really like to do is go into action…When I am meditating on compassion I don't want to keep it inside my own mind. I want to be able to show that power to others."
-Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa
Directed by Fernanda Rivero and James Gritz, Never Give Up: Karmapa 17 is a documentary film being made about, as Barry Boyce described him in his January 2010 Shambhala Sun cover story, “the third most important spiritual leader in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, and the one who may carry that tradition forward in the twenty-first century.” The films also centers on “the Kagyu Monlam prayer festival and three women inspired by the Karmapa into social action in Bodhgaya India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment.” Here’s the trailer for Never Give Up:
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*There is another claimant to the seat of 17th Karmapa, Thaye Dorje. Tricycle does not take sides in sectarian disputes.