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Welcome to the site of His Holiness 17th Karmapa
Trinley Thaye Dorje,

the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
The present 17th Karmapa was found and recognized as the genuine Karmapa reincarnation by Shamar Rinpoche, second to the Karmapa in the Karma Kagyu Lineage. The 17th Karmapa is the spiritual head of over 800 monastaries and centres around the world.

July 22, 2014
Members of the royal family of Bhutan visited the kudung of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche and met with H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche


July 03, 2014
Official address: The Passing of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche
His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

Please find below an official address by His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, June 30 2014, Karmapa International Buddhist Institute

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July 01, 2014
His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje arrives in Kalimpong with His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche's kudung


His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje arrived today in Kalimpong to lead two weeks of pujas following the passing of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. Shamar Rinpoche's kudung, or mortal remains, will remain in Kalimpong for two weeks, before going to Kathmandu, where the cremation will take place on 31 July 2014.

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For further information on the pujas and prayers, please visit


June 24, 2014
His Holiness Kunsig Shamar Rinpoche’s kudung
(mortal remains) arrives in New Delhi from Germany


Three days earlier, His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje had travelled to Renchen Ulm in Germany, the main European seat of Kunsig Shamar Rinpoche, to join the devotees gathered there in pujas and prayers...

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>> Letter about Kudung:
tibetan I english


June 21, 2014
Shamar Rinpoche’s mortal remains to come to the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, Delhi


Please find below an announcement regarding the mortal remains of Shamar Rinpoche. Please note, the dates in the English letter are tentative and are subject to change. Prayers may continue up to two weeks at KIBI before the mortal remains are taken to Kalimpong: tibetan I english

Please find below a prayer for the swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche, composed by His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa. All of his students are encouraged to recite this prayer for Rinpoche's quick return as much as possible: tibetan I english

>> His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje's message regarding the passing of Shamar Rinpoche


icon Anouncements
icon Social Projects
arrow Message of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa concerning KIBI's Buddhist study program
arrow Condolence letter concerning the death of Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
arrow His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje's about self-immolations
arrow Condolence letter concerning the landslide in Tibet
arrow Letter concerning Mipham Rinpoche
arrow Letter of Shamar Rinpoche concerning H.H. Gyalwa Karmapas administration
arrowKarmapa Healthcare Project
KHCP - The Karmapa Health Care Project  

Provides medical camps and medical educations in Asia.

    arrow Report Kagyu Monlam
arrow Himalaya Hilfe e.V.
Himalaya Hilfe - Sponsorships for
                          children, elderly people, nuns and monks  

Sponsorships for children, elderly people, nuns and monks.

arrow Karmapa Education Center

Karmapa Education Center (KEC), a new school project in Kalimpong.


Articles by H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa: +++ 'War of Words Are Violent, Too' (Huffington Post) +++ 'Learning from Lehman' (Huffington Post)

Mai 05, 2014
Letter by His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje concerning the death of Choponla Gyaltsen Lozang


Dear Dharma Friends,
Our dear Choponla Gyaltsen Lozang, who attended both my predecessor the 16th Karmapa and myself for many years as head Chopon, (Offering Master) has recently passed away. I would like to ask all of you to dedicate your merit and practise to him, and I will be praying for him as well...

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April 25, 2014
A message from His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa concerning recent disasters


Dear Dharma friends,
There have been many disasters in recent times, and many continue to unfold. The distressing loss of 239 people on board the MH370 flight, and those who have lost their lives in the South Korea ferry tragedy, remain in all our hearts...."

>> Please read more



February 28, 2014
Losar celebrations at Kalimpong
Gyalwa Karmapa

From 25th February to 12th March, 2014, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje will join in an intensive program of Losar celebrations at Shri Diwakar Vihara Shedra in Kalimpong

>> Mahakala Puja

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January 29, 2014
Gyalwa Karmapa celebrates Losar 2014
Gyalwa Karmapa at Losar 2014

On the morning of January 31, His Holiness joined the gathered assembly of monks, staff members, students and visitors, to celebrate the Tibetan New Year according to the Tsurphu calendar.

>> Enjoy the pictures


January 2, 2014
Second Meditation Retreat was held at KIBI


Between December 24, 2013, and January 2, 2014, the second meditation retreat was held at KIBI in New Delhi. This year the focus was on the so-called common preliminary practices, also known as the “Four Reflections That Turn the Mind” (tib. lo dog nam zhi).

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December 22, 2013
Kagyu Monlam 2013: Social activities of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa
Gyalwa Karmapa

The galleries of the Kagyu Monlam 2013:

Opening ceremony Aspiration prayers Chenresig empowerment Social activities Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche  
a a a a a a a a

December 07, 2013
Letter of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa on Nelson Mandela's passing
Letter from HH
                  Gyalwa Karmapa about the 95th birthday of Nelson

Dear dharma friends,

Nelson Mandela lived his life as an ambassador for peace. His physical presence has passed from our lives, but his inspiration lives on in each of our hearts...

>> Read the letter


September 21, 2013
His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa celebrates the International Day of Peace at KIBI
His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa celebrates the International Day of Peace 2013

>> Special message to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace

July 18, 2013
His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa celebrated the 66th Indian Independence Day at KIBI
Gyalwa Karmapa with kids

His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa and KIBI staff and residents cordially invited the public to celebrate India's 66th Independence Day on 15th August 2013.

>> The Gallery

>> Message of Gyalwa Karmapa


July 07, 2013
Letter of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa concerning the bomb attacks in Bodhgaya
                  bombings letter

I am deeply saddened to hear of the bomb attacks at the sacred place of Bodh Gaya this morning.My heartfelt prayers go to both the victims and the attackers. We are living in the 21st century, where more information than ever before is available, to help us understand our world, ourselves and our human history. If there is one thing that history teaches us, it is that violence of any kind does not benefit anyone, and runs counter to our innate qualities of wisdom and compassion...

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May 21, 2013
4th official visit of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa in Malaysia
Gyalwa Karmapa at
                  AIIMS Hospital

His Holiness arrived at Kuching International Airport on May 16th at 2.35pm, accompanied by Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche and His entourage of monks. He was give an hearty welcome by Lama Palden, resident Lama at Kuching Bodhipath Center, and Joseph Chua, chairman of Kuching Bodhi Path Society, as well as Dorje Lopon Nendo Rinpoche and many other lamas who had been invited for this event, coming from Rumtek monastery and different centres in Southeast Asia, and also by many devotees from Sarawak, other parts of Malaysia and from all over the world.

>> Report and Images

March 02, 2013
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa visits young cancer patients at AIIMS Hospital and joins in a puja at KIBI
Gyalwa Karmapa at
                  AIIMS Hospital

KIBS’ Chief Patron, H. H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, accompanied by the Society’s President Professor Sempa Dorje, and some of his monks and KIBS volunteers visited the oncology ward at All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, one of Asia’s largest hospitals.

H. H. Gyalwa Karmapa and Professor Sempa Dorje addressed encouraging words to the young patients and their families who are putting up a brave fight against cancer.

>> Report and Images

December 30, 2012
His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa at the Kagyu Monlam, India, 2012
the 17th
                          Karmapa celebrates Sonam Loshar at Kaffer

During his teaching sessions His Holiness Karmapa will comment on the great bodhisattva Samantabhadra’s aspiration prayer for excellent conduct, which is the main prayer accumulated during the Kagyu Monlam. Making such aspirations in the sacred place of Bodhgaya where the historical Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, in the presence of realised bodhisattvas, accumulates immense merit and helps to pacify both natural and man-made disasters and obstacles. It benefits not only the practitioners taking part in the Monlam but all those connected to them, and ultimately all sentient beings.

September 23, 2012
The documentation of the worldwide Summer tour 2012 of His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
                  Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje - summer tour 2012

>> 01: H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa in Taiwan
>> 02: H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa in Malaysia
>> 03: H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa in Singapore
>> 04: Reports from the Philippines

>> 05: Reports from Spain
>> 06a: Report from Lithuania
>> 06b: Report from Latvia
>> 07: Report from Hungary
>> 08: Report from United Kingdom
>> 09: Report from Germany (Renchen-Ulm)
>> 10: Report from France
>> 11: Pictures from the Europe Center

icon Important Events

October to December, 2010:

arrowHis Holiness 17th Karmapa receives transmissions from Pewar Rinpoche

HH 17th Karmapa
                    is received by Beru Khyentse Rinpoche There was a very special reason for the Karmapa's visit to the monastic hermitage: during his stay there he received the entire transmission of the dam ngag dzö (gdams ngag mdzod) from Pewar Rinpoche, one of Tibet’s most revered lamas today.

Pewar Rinpoche is considered a great master of both the Sakya and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, and is the abbot of Pewar Monastery in Tibet.

August 23, 2010:

arrowKunzig Shamar Rinpoche meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama

                  Shamar Rinpoche met with H.H. Dalai Lama in
                  Dharamsala Dear members of Karma Kagyü monasteries and centers,

On the 13th of August, 2010, I met His Holiness the Dalai Lama at 9am in Dharamsala at His Holiness’ residence. We had a discussion for approximately one and a half hours and had a very important and detailed exchange of views regarding the ongoing Karmapa controversy and its possible solution.

calendar Important meetings of HH Gyalwa Karmapa
December 31, 2010:
arrowH.H. Trinley Thaye Dorje meets Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi
The 17th Karmapa meets Dilgo Khyentse He is the grandson and spiritual heir of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a very important meditation master.
October 10, 2003:

arrowH.H. the 17th Karmapa visits Kingdom of Buthan
The 17th Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje
                              visits the Kingdom of Bhutan His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, paid a visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan from October 6th to October 15th.
March 01, 2003:

arrowH.H. Karmapa meets H.H. Sakya Trizin
                          17th Karmapa meets Sakya Trinzin Rinpoche Picture from the meeting with HH Sakya Trizin
arrowThe pictures
March 2006:
arrowInauguration of Lhabab Chorten Stupa in Valle de Bravo outside Mexico City
H.H. the 17th
                            Karmapa consecrates a Lhabab Chorten Stupa
                            in Valle de Bravo HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa arrived at Mexico City airport on the 13th March 2006 at the invitation of Casa Tibet in Mexico City. His Holiness visited Mexico in order to consecrate the first stupa in the country. It is Karmapa's first visit on the Latin Continent.
Enjoy arrowThe pictures
Mai 2006:
arrowH.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage
The 17th
                            Karmapa meets his Holiness Drikung Kyabgon
                            Chetsang Rinpoche. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the spiritual head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, visited Kalimpong to meet with His Holiness Karmapa. Upon arrival, he was greeted with the traditional pomp and circumstance.
Enjoy arrowThe report
January 2006:
arrowReport of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa's visit in Taiwan
H.H. 17th
                            Karmapa visits Karma Kagyu Centres in
                            Taiwan H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa was invited by Lopön Rinpoche to visit his Karma Kagyu Centers in Taiwan. So H.H. comes to Taiwan for the second time after his visit in 1999.
Enjoy arrowThe pictures
December 01, 2003:

arrowVidyadhara Ceremony of H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa
                            Vidyadhara ceremony of the 17th Karmapa,
                            Trinlay Thaye Dorje On Monday, December 1, 2003, the Vidyadhara ceremony of HH the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, took place at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi.
Read arrow The full article
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