Welcome to the website of Karmapa Documentary Project.

We have been documenting life of Thaye Dorje, the 17th Karmapa since 1994. KDP is a non profit organization, based on volunteer work. We introduce reports and articles from vast activities of the 17th Karmapa as well as present Karmapa gallery from all major events from Karma’s Life.

For the official website of His Holiness Karmapa please visit: www.karmapa.org

Karmapa is known as the Black Hat lama of Tibet, first reincarnate Lama and head of Karma Kagyu school of tibetan buddhism. History goes back to Xth Century, where great meditation master Dusum Khyenpa announced details of his rebirth. So his incarnation was known as 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi. He had a great student, who was named as Shamarpa, known as Red Hat lama of Tibet. From that time it is said that Karmapas and Shamarpas recognize each others reincarnation.

All buddhist teachings come from Shakyamuni Buddha, who lived over 2500 year ago in India. Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, place where nowdays all buddhist regard as most sacred and important site. Every year Karmapa and all Karma Kagyu masters, practitioners gather to join in aspiration prayers for the world peace during Kagyu Monlam.


Teaching: Preparing for peace


On the occasion of upcoming United Nations International Day of Peace, Gyalwa Karmapa shares a teaching about preparing for peace.   As we approach the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21st September, it is a good time for us to consider how we prepare for peace. In Tokme Zangpo’s 14th century text ‘The 37 […]

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26.08.2015 – 10.09.2015, India

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Ladakh


Gyalwa Karmapa in Ladakh 2015 On the 26th of August 2015 Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa arrived to Ladakh. Gaylwa Karmapa was warmly welcomed at Leh Airport and escorted by thousands of devotees from Ladakh to Karma Dupgyud Choeling Monastery. Extensive program takes place from 26th August to 10th September. Report from events […]

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Karmapa Documentary Project – New Website


We are very happy to announce new design of the Karmapa-news website. There has been major changes done, to improve the website: – responsive layout: finally it is easy to browse and watch all the galleries in smartphones, and portable devices – clear separation for announcements, letters, galleries and reports from events – one place with […]

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Words of Wisdom
“Our smallest actions matter so much. This is the kind of awareness that we have to develop.”