OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE
year of birth : 1985 | place of birth : Chamdo County, Tibet
nationality : Tibetan | occupation : 17th Karmapa
education : Karma Kagyu
website : KagyuOffice.org
“ Nothing is intrinsically or ultimately bad. Any situation that arises is only relatively good or bad based on many factors, including - most significantly- how you perceive the situation and how you respond to it.”
“ When you eat meat, you ingest not only the chemical substances that animals are full of, but also the emotional and physical stress that animals experience throughout their lives and at the moment of their slaughter. That stress is also part of your meat.”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
'' Compassion Now '' ... '' Ngondro for Our Current Day: A Short Ngondro Practice and Its Instructions '' ... '' The Future Is Now '' ... '' A Ceremony of Offering to the Gurus '' ... '' Torch of True Meaning: Instructions and the Practice for the Mahamudra '' ... '' Heart is Noble :Changing the World from the Inside Out '' ... '' Kagyu Monlam Book : A Compilation for Recitation '' ... '' Travelling the Path of Compassion : A Commentary on the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva '' ... '' Under the Bodhi Tree '' ... '' Wisdom of Enlightened Mind: Awakening the Heart '' ... '' Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice '' ... '' Nurturing Compassion: Teachings from the First Visit to Europe '' ... '' Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje '' ... '' Deer Park Calligraphies '' ... '' Gone Beyond Vol I &II
Ogyen Trinley Dorje was born in 1985 to a Nomad family in Tibet. After his birth he was given the name of Apo Gaga, Happy Brother. It became obvious early on that he was a very special being, gifted with clairvoyance and authority. The young Apo Gaga spent about four years receiving a special education at Kalek Monastery, where he was given the attention due to an unrecognized reincarnate lama. During this time, he would spend some time back with his family in their nomadic round.
At Tsurphu, the Karmapa began his studies in Tibetan, the Buddhist sciences of mind, and the sacred arts, such as dance. At the age of ten, His Holiness began to recognize the reincarnations of other Kagyu lamas, including such eminent teachers as Pawo Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and Dabzang Rinpoche.
On January 3, 2007, Ogyen Trinley Dorje mandated a purely vegetarian diet in all his monasteries and centers and strongly urged vegetarianism among all his students, saying that generally, in his view, it was very important in the Mahayana not to eat meat and that, even in Vajrayana, it is preferable for students and practitioners not to eat meat
Karmapa made an historic visit to the United States. It was the first time His Holiness has been able to visit the west and there he gave dharma teachings and empowerments to many thousands of people. He was granted permission again in 2011 to return to the United States to attend the Kalachakra ceremonies with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.As a scholar and meditation master, as well as painter, poet, songwriter and playwright, the Gyalwang Karmapa embodies a wide range of the activities that Karmapas have engaged in over the centuries. As an environmental activist, computer enthusiast and world spiritual leader whose teachings are often webcast live, the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa has brought the Karmapa lineage’s activities fully into the 21st century.