Monday, May 5, 2008


Welcome to the official blog for the 2008 U.S. visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, produced by the Karmapa Foundation. We look forward to sharing news, photos of the visit, and more in this forum.

This May and June 2008, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa will visit the West for the first time. People from North America and beyond will travel to three U.S. cities (New York City, Boulder, and Seattle) to meet one of the greatest spiritual masters of our era.

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Although just 22 years old, the Karmapa is seen as the embodiment of wisdom and compassion and is regarded by many followers as a ‘living Buddha.’

People are drawn to the Karmapa’s public appearances and teachings because of his profound spiritual and meditative mastery and his transformational and enlightening effect on almost everyone who comes into his presence. The Karmapa brings a very positive and hopeful spiritual message for these turbulent times.

Many have been anticipating the visit of His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa to America for nearly two decades. During the 1970s and 80s, the tours of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa were historic occasions for the Western Buddhist community. We anticipate that the first visit of His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa will also also prove to be a momentous event.

Full information on the visit and tickets to His Holiness Karmapa's public teachings are available at the official visit web site: