Shambhala Welcomes His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa to America!

The Shambhala Mandala wishes to warmly welcome His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje on his historic first visit to North America. He will be received in Boulder, Colorado by the Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche, and will be giving public talks as well as an audience for practitioners.

During this leg of his visit, we would like to make a generous teaching gift to His Holiness on behalf of the entire Shambhala Mandala, both to extend a heartfelt welcome and also in appreciation for the teachings he will be giving coast-to-coast on this visit. Kindly consider making a generous contribution on this wonderfully auspicious occasion.

Donations made via this link will be presented to His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, as a teaching gift from the entire Shambhala Mandala. At the conclusion of the visit, donors will receive a photograph and blessing cord from His Holiness the Karmapa by mail.

The Sakyong's 2004 Visit to the 17th Karmapa in India

The Karmapa meets Sakyong Mipham RinpocheHis Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche met for the first time on Wednesday 15 September 2004 at Gyuto Monastery, near Dharamsala, northern India.

"It is our past merit and good karmic connections and consequences that have brought us together for this wonderful meeting," the Karmapa said.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche presented gifts to the Karmapa that included a bone relic from the cremation of his father, the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a gilded rupa of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. At the conclusion of their meeting, the Karmapa presented the Sakyong with a gilded rupa of Shakyamuni Buddha.

"I had a delightful meeting with the Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje," the Sakyong said. "It was a delightful, warm encounter. We have a common understanding and a mutual appreciation for this new friendship that has begun."

Speaking earlier to the full delegation accompanying the Sakyong, the Karmapa said, "Being in the presence of the Chabje Sakyong gives me the feeling that I am also in the presence of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This morning my immediate reaction was to pray that the activities of Trungpa Rinpoche remain in this world to benefit many, many sentient beings, that the Sakyong have a long life, and that the devotion and practice of their disciples flourish."

The Karmapa said that although the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was of the Surmang lineage, his teachings were "non-sectarian (Rime)" and had "opened many doors for people to enter the dharma."

"Today," he said, "although Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche is not present in his body form, his activities and legacy will enable us to spread the dharma widely. Of all his teachings, the most unique -- above and beyond the rest -- were the Shambhala teachings. The teachings on Shambhala were something I used to enjoy in my childhood and I remember being intrigued by them. These teachings will be of great relevance to the world, as predicted. The Shambhala tradition, the practice you are currently engaged in, will definitely benefit the world to come. Therefore, it is imperative that you continue to practice it under the guidance of the Chabje Sakyong so that the lineage of this practice can continue."