Karmapa

  • How Meditation Offers a Planetary Perspective Paid Member

    Planetary is a cross-continental cinematic journey that explores our future as a species with interviews from astronauts, environmentalists, anthropologists, and leading Buddhist thinkers. Get the full film (10% discount for Tricycle subscribers with promo code TRICYCLE10) here. More »
  • Tibetan Buddhist Leader Blazes an Innovative Trail Paid Member

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) Wrapped in the maroon and gold robes of a Tibetan monk, Ogyen Trinley Dorje isn’t what most people picture when they think of innovation. To his followers, Dorje is the 17th Karmapa—the leader of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and the latest in a line of reincarnated Tibetan teachers, or lamas, stretching back to the 12th century. He’s been training for that role since the age of 7, when other important lamas recognized him as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa, who died in Illinois in 1981. More »
  • 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 »