His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived in New York City this morning, setting foot for the first time on American ground.
After flying from India, His Holiness was greeted at the airport early this morning by a group of dignitaries and spiritual leaders, and escorted by motorcade to a private welcoming ceremony in Manhattan. A group of approximately 150 attendees welcomed His Holiness with a traditional Tibetan tea & rice ceremony.
During the ceremony, His Holiness remarked on how happy he is that his long-planned inaugural visit to America has finally come to fruition, and he expressed the aspiration that he might meet again and again with students here.
His Holiness Karmapa receives traditional
'khata' (white scarf) offerings from representatives
of the various New York sponsoring sangha centers.
(Photographer: Dennis Hunter. Copyright 2008
by Karmapa Foundation.)