New Body, Old Mind

After a harrowing escape from Chinese-controlled Tibet two years ago, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the fifteen-year-old Karmapa, walked into the bright glare of the world stage. Journalist Swati Chopra profiles a leader-in-the-making.Swati Chopra

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© Shakti MaipaIn January of 2000, Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the fifteen-year-old head of the Karma-Kagyu lineage, engineered a daring escape from Chinese-controlled Tibet. Two years later, a determined journalist manages to interview him.

Delhi, September 8, 2001

It’s dusk in Delhi. I stand with a group of excited women, the outsider at a gathering of friends. Drawn by the scent of a good story, I am here to try to interview His Holiness the seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa.

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