The two claimants to the title of “Karmapa” have released a joint statement seeking to heal a decades-long rift in their community.
The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje announced Monday that he plans to return to India following his year-long stay in the United States for medical reasons.
“I have actually myself been quite downcast and depressed,” the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje said in a recent address.
The Gyalwang Karmapa gave a longevity empowerment to more than 2,000 people from the Tibetan and Himalayan communities in New York.
The Karmapa has canceled a trip home to India due to health concerns, according a statement released by his office, Saturday.
When we can no longer bear the suffering of sentient beings, says the Karmapa, we unleash our full potential to help others and ourselves.
The Karma Kagyu Association of Canada is now hosting information about a tour of Canada, his first, being undertaken by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
“Nuns are future holders of the Buddhadharma. This education will help prepare you to fulfill that great responsibility.”
The two met in Varansi, India, as part of Freeman’s work on National Geographic’s forthcoming 2016 series on the divine, “The Story of God.”