Karmapa

  • The Life and Murder of Akong Rinpoche Paid Member

    On the morning of Tuesday, October 8, the prominent Tibetan lama, doctor, and humanitarian Akong Rinpoche was stabbed to death in a residential community in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, along with his nephew and monk attendant. The tragic ending of his life reflected his lifelong commitment to tasks and ideals that, to a degree exceptional among Tibetan lamas in the West, were difficult, controversial, and far-reaching in their implications. More »
  • Translating Aspiration Into Activity Paid Member

    Climate breakdown is already impacting our lives and without urgent corrective action it will only become more devastating. Here in the Himalayan region, our climate is warming three times faster than the global average rise in temperature. This is having dire consequences for our great glaciers, which are part of the third largest store of ice on Earth.-Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa A message from Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), the North American seat of Ogyen Trinley Dorge, 17th Karmapa, More »
  • Video: Rare 1976 interview with the 16th Karmapa Paid Member

    UPDATE 3/4: This video is an extra from the film, Recalling a Buddha: Memories of the Sixteenth Karmapa by filmmaker Gregg Eller. Uploaded to YouTube by wudu1982, Amazing and very unique recording of HH16 Karmapa Interview which took place during His Holiness the Karmapa's visit to the USA in 1976.The Karmapa (officially His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa) is the head of the Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of the Kagyupa (Tibetan Bka' brgyud), itself one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. More »
  • India Must Apologize to Karmapa Paid Member

    On January 28th Indian police raided the monastery of 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and seized a large amount of cash. At that time, many damning and accusatory articles about the Karmapa appeared in the Indian media (that he is a Chinese spy etc.) Of the subsequent vast onslaught of information and commentary that then came our way, two things seemed immediately clear: The money was donated to the Karmapa from his many supporters throughout the world and the Indian media was acting irresponsibly.Two weeks ago, when the New York Times published a piece on the situation, I posted a blog praising the Times' level headed approach and stated that I felt it was a time "to wait for more facts to surface before jumping to any conclusions."It has now been almost a month since the raid and the Indian government has given the Karmapa a "clean chit" (freed from any question of guilt). More »
  • Watch: Trailer for “Never Give Up,” a new film about Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa Paid Member

    "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 via Buddhadharma, 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: More »
  • Karmapa in the New York Times Paid Member