His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is a world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist master, a living buddha who embodies wisdom and compassion.
The Karmapa has appeared for many lifetimes in Tibet and India, acting for the benefit of all sentient beings. His reincarnations are said to be “self-recognized”: near the end of life, each Karmapa has composed a letter of prediction containing details about his future birth, allowing him to be found as a child in the next life.
The present Karmapa was recognized by a search party in Tibet at a young age, and was enthroned at Tsurphu Monastery. In 2000, he escaped from Tibet to India with the aspiration to benefit sentient beings and uphold and spread the Buddhadharma. In India, he received full lineage teachings, studying Buddhist philosophy and treatises from great masters of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, while also learning modern science and languages.
Known for his compassion, charisma, candor and radiant presence, His Holiness is adept at interpreting ancient teachings for today’s world. His profound realization causes him to be revered by millions of Buddhist worldwide.
Immeasurable eons ago, when Avalokiteśvara (Tib. "Chenrezig") took birth as Lokeśvara, he promised before Buddha that he would attain Buddhahood.
It has been said in the sutras and tantras that Avalokiteśvara has great compassion, and is the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas. Like the orb of the sun, Avalokiteśvara shines on all sentient beings, blessing against all suffering and difficulties.
Practitioners who rely on Avalokiteśvara as a meditational deity will be able to merge their mindstream with Great Compassion, and amass the accumulations of merit and wisdom in the Mahayana Vehicle. Avalokiteśvara is also supreme in dispelling obstacles of illness.