His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa: Photo Gallery

His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa speaking in Richmond
His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa speaking in Richmond, California, March 19, 2015.

Our true relationship with each other is that we are all one family

On January 5, 2000, the 14 year old 17th Gyalwa Karmapa arrived in Dharamsala after escaping from his monastery in occupied Tibet by means of a week-long journey by car, foot, horseback, helicopter and train. Since his safe arrival, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who was identified at age 8 as the reincarnate head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, has not only continued his traditional monastic training under various highly-realized masters, but has also demonstrated the ability to blend classic Buddhist philosophical training with contemporary issues. He has studied science, computers, and English, and is an environmental activist. From his years in Tibet, he speaks fluent Chinese. He has also written and produced a six-act play on the life of Milarepa.

It’s very important for people of different regions and different Tibetan backgrounds to work harmoniously. Sometimes we can be governed by pride and selfishness. It is very important for us to work together, collectively together, to endure our hardships collectively together. And in this spirit I ask you to continue to work together to support His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

We took these photos during two events in Richmond, California on His Holiness the Karmapa’s third visit to the United States this spring. The first was a public talk at the Craneway Pavilion (3/19/2015) and the second was a smaller gathering at the Gyuto Foundation on 3/20/2015. “Harmony and cooperation is the most powerful source in any society to bring about positive change.”

Read the story of His Holiness the Karmapa’s 2000 escape from Tibet in his own words here >> 

See the Karmapa’s excellent website for more on the story of his discovery, early life, schedule and current activities >>

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Updated on February 17, 2020. First published on May 25, 2015.

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