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HHDL Considers A Regent

image2971bThe Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, is considering appointing a regent to lead the Tibetan movement after his death until his reincarnation is old enough to take over.

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PROFILE: Karmapa Lama

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . PROFILE . Karmapa Lama . July 11, 2008 | PBS

The Dalai Lama, who turned 73 last Sunday, leads one of the four schools, or denominations within Tibetan Buddhism. The 23-year-old Karmapa Lama, leads another. His supporters believe he may one day succeed the older man as Buddhism’s leading international voice. Recently the Karmapa visited the U.S. for the first time, and Kim Lawton talked with him….

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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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The Next Dalai Lama?

[T]he Dalai Lama has personally prepped the boy for a leadership role far beyond the Karmapa’s Kagyu lineage. Although an active 72, the senior monk knows that after his death it may be years before his reincarnation is identified and then groomed to adulthood. Until then, the mantle of leadership could well rest with the Karmapa.

Ogyen Trinley Dorje: the Next Dalai Lama? – TIME

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His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s visit to North America

If you have trouble with the links in the table, try here.

His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa’s Schedule
May 17-18 New York City click here for more information
May 19-22 Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Due to limited seating
by invitation only. Read more
May 23 New Jersey KTC click here for more information
May 25 Boulder,
click here for more information
May 31-June 1 Seattle,
click here for more information

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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.