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The Karmapa tradition - The Tribune

Saturday, January 22, 2000

KARMAPA Ogyen Trinley Dorje heads the Kagyu tradition which occupies an important place among the five principal spiritual traditions of Tibet.
The 17th Karmapa: In the eye of a politico-religious stormThis tradition has remained strong and successful due to the presence of an unbroken line of reincarnations of the founder, the successive Karmapas.
The lineages of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Budhism derive primarily from two sources. Marpa Chokyi Lodoe (1012-1099) and Khyungpo Nyaljor (978-1079). The former was trained as a translator by Drogmi Yeshe (993-1050) and then travelled three times to India and four times to Nepal in search of religious teachings.
Marpa brought the four commissioned lineages of tantrik teachings, including the illusory body and consciousness transference, dreams, clear light and inner heat to Tibet and passing them on to his foremost disciple Milarepa (1040-1123), the most celebrated and accomplished of Tibet’s tantrik yogis, who achie…

Time: Thunder Out of China

By TIME STAFFMonday, Jan. 17, 2000

The outside world viewed him as Beijing's stooge. But last week the 17th Karmapa, the impressively tall 14-year-old recognized as the reincarnated leader of Tibet's second-most important Buddhist sect, climbed out of a monastery bedroom and began an incredible journey--by car, horse, bus, train and taxi--that brought him eventually to India. After eight days on the run, he was united last week with the exiled Dalai Lama--to the elation of those who support Tibet's freedom. The flight from China to Dharamsala, the Himalayan site of the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile, caught both India and China unaware. The Karmapa is Tibet's third-ranking reincarnated bodhisattva, or enlightened being, after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. The teenager's status had been formally recognized by both the exiled Tibetan government and Beijing. His escape represents a serious blow to Beijing's efforts to win support for its control over T…

Video - Early Years of the 17th Karmapa in India - AP Archive


BBC: Tibetan Lama meets spiritual leader

Saturday, 8 January, 2000, 10:16 GMT 

The young Buddhist leader, the Karmapa Lama, who escaped to India from Tibet by walking across the Himalayas, has met the Tibetan leader-in-exile, the Dalai Lama. Officials at the Dalai Lama's headquarters in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala said the meeting took place shortly after the arrival of the 14-year old Karmapa Lama, although he was exhausted by his journey.
The Karmapa Lama is the only senior Tibetan Buddhist officially recognised by the Chinese authorities and correspondents say his escape, which has gone almost unreported China's press, is certain to be an embarrassment.
  The Karmapa Lama escaped his Chinese guards at the 800-year-old Tsurphu monastery in central Tibet by saying he intended to go on a retreat.

He set out across the mountains on 28 December, accompanied by five companions, including his 24-year-old sister and two other lamas.

Sources in Dharamsala said their feet were blistered during the…

BBC: Tibetan Lama Flees to India

Friday, 7 January, 2000, 13:50 GMT 

One of Tibetan Buddhism's most powerful figures has escaped from Tibet to meet the movement's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in India.
  The Karmapa Lama is the only senior Tibetan Buddhist officially recognised by the Chinese authorities and his escape is certain to be an embarrassment.

The 14-year-old Karmapa Lama left his monastry in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, telling guards he was going to a hill-top retreat. He then trekked across the frozen Himalayas to reach Dharamsala, in northern India.
He was accompanied by a small band of monks on the expedition that lasted at least five days.
Buddhist leadersDalai Lama: Living in exilePanchen Lama: Dispute over successionKarmapa Lama: In India It is not yet clear whether his intentions are to leave Chinese-ruled Tibet permanently or if it is a temporary measure in order to receive further religious teaching.

After arriving in Dharamsala, he is reported to have met the Dalai Lam…