His Holiness The 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

The 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje

Karmapa is the first recognised reincarnate in Tibet. All past, present and future Karmapas are believed to be the incarnations of the great Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. In order to liberate all mother sentient beings from the suffering of cyclic existence, they vowed to continually take rebirth in this world. The precious lineage has continued ceaselessly till now.

The current 17th Karmapa is the reincarnate of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Born in central Tibet, he was formally recognised and enthroned by the 14th Shamar Rinpoche, and bestowed the name Trinley Thaye Dorje, meaning Limitless Unchanging Buddha Activity.


His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje is the supreme lineage holder and spiritual guide of the Karma Kagyud lineage.

Presently based in India, Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje travels tirelessly to many countries and cities in Asia, Europe and America, giving empowerments and teachings to thousands of students from all over the world. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje is the spiritual leader for over 900 monasteries and buddhist centres worldwide, including the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI), which runs courses in Buddhist higher education.

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