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27 June, 2007

The 17th Karmapa turns 22

From a article:
Born on June 26, 1985 to a nomadic family in Bakor, in eastern Tibet, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (wiki, web) Ogyen Trinley Dorji is revered by Tibetans as the head of Kagyu (Tibetan: བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་) (wiki) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. He escaped Tibet and reached the northern Indian town of of Dharamsala in 2000.

In a traditional Buddhist ceremony, Karmapa was presented a long life offering (Tenshug) by Ven. Tsering Phuntsok, Minister for Religion and Culture of Central Tibetan Administration here this morning.

Similar long-life offerings were also presented by Gyuto (wiki) Monastery, where the Karmapa is currently housed for temporary residence; Tsurpu Labrang, the traditional seat of the Karmapa; Sherabling Monastery and Trilokpur Nunnery.

In Kathmandu, the 22nd Birthday of 17th Karmapa was celebrated at Dasang Monastery in Boudha with thousands of Buddhists, including Tibetans and Nepal’s Himalayan ethnic groups like Sherpas, Tamangs, Gurungs, Nyeshangs, Yolmos coming together for the auspicious occassion.

The celebration began in the morning with traditional Buddhist rituals.

Dharamsala is home to the exile Tibetan leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is the administrative centre of worldwide Tibetans in exile.

Read the entire article on the web site, which features additional photos.

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