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The Karmapa of Tibet builds in Earleton, FL — sort of…

David Bole is the lama, or priest, in residence at the Gainesville Buddhist Center at Northwest 10th Avenue, off of 13th Street. Like minded people join him there for study and meditation, and the group has weekly meetings on Sunday.

Last year, the Buddhist center bought a piece of property that sits on the shores of Lake Santa Fe, near Earleton. The group hopes to raise as much as $2- to $3 million to build a retreat and sanctuary for meditation in its rural, Lake Region spot. …

Karmapa: “If you build it, I will come.”

Bradford County Telegraph


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Tibetan Buddhism’s next leader?

In mid-May, a serious young man of 22 who is revered as the 17th Karmapa – now the second-most-important figure in Tibetan Buddhism – will make his first visit to the United States. The trip comes eight years after his dramatic flight to India from a monastery near Lhasa at the end of 1999, when he was just 14 years old. This is the first time that a skittish India has allowed him permission to travel abroad. His flight from Tibet was a considerable embarrassment to China.

The Karmapa Lama, spiritual head of the Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, is now the only major Tibetan lama recognized as a reincarnation of his lineage by both the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government since it overran Tibet in the 1950s. The Panchen Lama, the third of a triumvirate and previously the second-highest ranking among the three lamas, vanished into Chinese custody as a boy in 1995 and has been replaced by Beijing’s own political appointee.

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