Karmapa’s Life

Thaye Dorje, the 17th Karmapa‘s life has been documented by Karmapa Documentary Project since 1994. Here you can browse through the life of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa using slider which divides Karmapa’s activities by date. There is also available advanced search, where you can filter through categories such as country, place and type of event.

11.01.2019, India

His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche presides over the hair-cutting ceremony of Karmapa’s son


His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, the 75th head of the Ngor tradition of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, presided over the hair-cutting ceremony of Thugsey, the son of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, and Sangyumla Rinchen Yangzom, at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) on 11 January 2019. Luding Khenchen Rinpoche, […]

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03.01.2019, India

Public Meditation Course: Sangyumla and Thugsey join Karmapa


The annual Public Meditation Course at Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) took place from 25 December 2018 to 3 January 2019. Throughout the course Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Professor Sempa Dorje, Venerable Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Venerable Dupon Nyigyam from Sharminub Retreat Centre in Kathmandu, and Venerable Lama Choying from Rumtek […]

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20.12.2018, India

Kagyu Monlam 2018: the story so far (photos)


Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, is presiding over the 2018 Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya, in India’s north-east Bihar state. Karmapa has been leading the aspiration prayers since 1996, accompanied by other Buddhist lamas. The Kagyu Monlam is the most significant event for Karma Kagyu practitioners around the world, as thousands of […]

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08.12.2018, India

Karmapa brings his son Thugsey to KIBI for the first time

On 8 December 2018, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, brought his son Thugsey to the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in Delhi for the first time. Karmapa, together with his wife Sangyumla Rinchen Yangzom, their four month old son Thugsey, and members of Sangyumla’s family, were all present for the historic visit. […]

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07.12.2018, Nepal

Karmapa in Nepal

Late in the Nepalese night of 3 December 2018, Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, landed at Kathmandu airport. Jigme Rinpoche, Karmapa’s General Secretary, Venerable Sang Sang Rinpoche, Venerable Lodro Rinpoche, and other lamas and local devotees were present to welcome Karmapa. The following morning, Karmapa held audiences with a group from Indonesia […]

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Words of Wisdom
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