Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Ogyen Trinley Dorje
17th KarmapaCo-claimant along with Thaye Dorje
26 June 1985
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Ogyen Trinley Dorje (Tibetan: ཨོ་རྒྱན་འཕྲིན་ལས་རྡོ་རྗེ།, Wylie: O-rgyan 'Phrin-las Rdo-rje, Chinese: 鄔金欽列多傑; born 26 June 1985), also written Urgyen Trinley Dorje (Wylie: U-rgyan 'Phrin-las Rdo-rje; is a claimant to the title of 17th Karmapa Lama.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Reconciliation: Healing Divisions within the Karma Kagyu Lineage
- 3 Dharma Digitization
- 4 Nurturing Tibetan Culture, Unity, Language and Literacy
- 5 Supporting the Female Buddhist Community
- 5.1 2013: Preliminary Discussions on Restoring Nuns’ Ordination
- 5.2 2015: Gyalwang Karmapa Makes Historic Announcement on Restoring Nuns’ Ordination
- 5.3 2016: Gyalwang Karmapa Discusses Questions Related to Giving Bhikshuni Ordination to Nuns
- 5.4 2017: The First Step Toward Full Ordination for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns
- 6 Buddhist Vegetarianism
- 7 Buddhist Environmentalism
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 Controversy
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Born in Lhatok Township, Chamdo County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, to primarily nomadic parents, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is said to have identified himself to family members as the Karmapa early in childhood. Known as Apo Gaga, he was seven years old before he was recognized by a search party headed by the Tai Situpa, following instructions Situpa claims were left to him by the previous Karmapa in a prophetic letter hidden in a locket. Ogyen Trinley Dorje was installed at Tsurphu Monastery (Wylie: Mtshur-phu), the traditional seat of the Karmapa in Tibet, recognized by both the 14th Dalai Lama and the official sanction of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, who declared him to be a "living Buddha", the first time the China's communist government has officially confirmed a tulku. Already a year later the Chinese announced during the UN-Human Rights Conference in Vienna, that they would train him in Tsurphu for his future task as successor of the Dalai Lama.
At the age of 14, he escaped to India through Nepal, arriving at the Tibetan exile quarters at McLeod Ganj on 5 January 2000. Ogyen Trinley Dorje had felt that he was unable to obtain in China the specialized instruction he needed to complete his studies and to realize his full spiritual authority. He resides at Gyuto Monastery in Sidhbari, near Dharamshala.
From 15 May 15 to 2 June 2008, he made his first trip to the West, visiting several cities in the United States (notably New York City, Boulder, Colorado, and Seattle) and was formally enthroned in the North American seat of the Karmapas at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, New York. All across the country, he gave multiple teachings on compassion and the environment, gave the reading transmission for a new form of ngöndro, and bestowed several empowerments, including those of Avalokiteśvara and Padmasambhava. He also spoke about the special challenges of the rapid pace of modern society, and the virtues of the Internet as a tool for the study and practice of Buddhism.
In July 2008 he requested permission to visit monasteries in Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh and in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government of India initially refused to allow these visits without giving a reason. It was speculated that the reason might have been that these areas are close to the border with China and that the 2008 Summer Olympics were approaching even though the Karmapa had made it clear that he does not promote Tibetan independence and has no political stance on China. India eventually allowed his tour, which began in Ladakh, followed by Lahaul and Spiti, including the famous Tabo Monastery.
Requests to visit USA and Europe in 2010 were denied by the Indian government.
On 9 July 2011, Dorje arrived back in the United States for his second visit. From 9 to 17 July, he participated in the Kalachakra initiation bestowed by the 14th Dalai Lama in Washington, D.C., then traveled by train to his seat at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and also visited both his center in New Jersey and Hunter College in New York City, returning to India on 4 August. During his visit, he taught extensively on compassion, gave Refuge, and bestowed the empowerments of both the Four-Armed and Thousand-Armed forms of Avalokiteśvara. He also granted an interview with Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times, which was published on 28 July 2011.
As of October 2018[update], Ogyen Trinley Dorje was residing in the United States and had been outside of India continuously since May 2017. In 2018, in order to facilitate travel abroad, he became a citizen of the Caribbean nation of Dominica  through a provision allowing citizenship through investment.
Reconciliation: Healing Divisions within the Karma Kagyu Lineage
2018: The Two Holinesses Meet for the First Time
On Oct. 10 and 11, 2018, in rural France, His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje (OTD) and His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje (TTD) met each other in person for the first time.
A joint statement by His Holiness OTD and His Holiness TTD was released on Oct. 11, 2018, via their respective websites, and was circulated using various social media outlets. The notable event was subsequently reported by numerous buddhist and secular media sources. The event prompted several reactions, including statements of support from H.H. Gyalwang Drugpa, H.E. Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, H.E. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, and H.E. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche.
On Oct. 28, 2018, during a publicly webcasted video address, His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje gave further explanation about his recent meetings with His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje in France, and his reason/motivation for doing so. OTD expressed how the Karma Kamtsang forefathers and disciples maintained and propagated the teachings through study, teaching, and practice; thus, ripened generations of disciples through their wisdom, love, and power. OTD related that this activity of ripening disciples is the essential heart of the Kagyu history, the majesty and the true weight of the Kagyu teachings. He said that we need to continue to uphold the Lineage by preserving these fine deeds and activities. However, OTD warned, if we instead spend most of our time being biased, factional, and partisan—this is extremely dangerous. If we are partisan and factional, we won't see the faults on our own side, or the qualities on the other. We won't be able to recognize what is good and what is bad. OTD said: "For that reason, it is a situation where we absolutely must be careful. So this is why I asked His Holiness Thaye Dorje for a meeting this year." Furthermore, OTD emphasized that whether reconciliation goes well or not does not depend upon only the two Holinesses, OTD and TTD. It depends on all the followers and the whole community of the Karma Kamtsang.
In addition, OTD implored everyone to take as expansive a view as we can, to consider the long-term survival of the Karma Kagyu lineage. He said that those with a very short-term view may think that it was pointless for him to meet with TTD. Likewise, some people might think that OTD, by meeting with TTD, ended up losing—that he was defeated. But he said that victory and defeat is a very short-term worldly way of speaking, and that the long-term danger is that the lineage of the Karma Kagyu will disappear without a trace. Considering this grave danger, OTD said that losing face, victory and defeat, are really not important. In conclusion, OTD requested everyone to please keep this explanation in mind.
2019: Joint Long Life Prayer for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s Reincarnation
On Oct. 27, 2019 His Holiness OTD and His Holiness TTD released a co-authored long life prayer for Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche’s reincarnation. This composition was published on OTD's and TTD's respective websites, and circulated via various websites and social media outlets. The unprecedented joint composition was widely circulated, and garnered the support of various Kagyu teachers and communities, including His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon, Rumtek Monastery, and Karma Drubdey Nunnery.
The Gyalwang Karmapa has undertaken the important and long-term task of digitizing Buddhist texts so that as many scriptures, commentaries, etc. are available in digital format as possible for future generations, students, scholars and monasteries around the world.
There are four main websites – Dharma Treasure, Adarsha, Ketaka, and Dharma Ebooks – each one dealing with a different format, tool, or translation. Adarsha, for example, makes the Kangyur, Tengyur, and Tibetan masterpieces available in digital format and has been catalogued under the guidance of the Gyalwang Karmapa himself.
Nurturing Tibetan Culture, Unity, Language and Literacy
For many years Gyalwang Karmapa has emphasized the importance of preserving Tibetan culture, unity, language, and literacy; underlining the importance of sustaining written and spoken Tibetan language, because it is the very root of the Dharma in Tibet and its culture. Tibetan language is the lifeline that links Tibetans to their culture, arts, and spirituality. Tibetan culture, His Holiness states, is the mind and life force of the Tibetan people.
Stressing the importance of Tibetan harmony and unity, Gyalwang Karmapa has implored all Tibetans to exercise religious tolerance, stating that all Buddhist traditions in Tibet come from one source, the Buddha, so the differences between them are not great. He has warned that it is a huge mistake to inflate small distinctions into a basis for attachment and hatred, asserting one’s own tradition to be better than another’s. His Holiness has said that the reason for any future decline of the Buddha’s Dharma would not come from outside, but from within, from disputes between the holders of his teachings. Therefore, Gyalwang Karmapa has reiterated time and time again that the differences between lineages and factions are minor in terms of view, meditation, and conduct, and has urged everyone to keep a broader non-partisan perspective in mind.
108 Translations was initiated in 2015 by H.H. Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje. Born of a concept developed during a translators’ workshop held at Latse and presided over by Gyalwang Karmapa, the aim of the 108 Translations project is to produce a needed body of reading material that can promote the reinvigoration of Tibetan language. Rather than focussing on translating a few famous works that match the interests of a small group of well-educated readers (which has been the case for translations into Tibetan up to the present), 108 Translations aims to provide a plethora of good and easily accessible reading materials for average Tibetan readers.
In his Statement of Purpose, Gyalwang Karmapa expressed that we are currently inhabiting a time where there is great concern that the Tibetan language will go extinct. His Holiness has said that we have come to the point where we need to take responsibility for the survival of the Tibetan language, and we are in a situation where there is very little reading material that matches the interests of the ordinary Tibetan reader.
The main criteria for the 108 Translations is that they don't lose the meaning and feeling (or "flavour") of the original, the translations must be easy to understand and pronounce in Tibetan, and the selected works need to meet the interests of the readership. For example, translations of famous literary works that have a low readership are examples of unsuccessful translations. 108 Translations must not only consider how well known the works are, they must also examine how they have sold, how many other languages they have been translated into, and so forth. Works with low sales are not selected, even if they are renowned. Over time, the hope is that future translations will grow ever closer to the interests of the readership.
108 Translations aims to nurture literacy in the Tibetan language, while giving Tibetan readers greater access to world literature. It is a project of Latse and is managed by the 108 Translations Management Team, whose combined skills and experience ensure the highest quality of translation. This project is also generously supported by Dharma Treasure and the ebooks will be published on dharmaebooks.org as well latse.org/program/108-translations.
Supporting the Female Buddhist Community
The Karmapa has, for many years, taken a deep interest in the welfare of the female Buddhist community, as well as being a voice that regularly encourages equal rights and opportunities for women practitioners. His Holiness has, in particular, taken the responsibility to restore full ordination for Tibetan nuns.
Each year the Karmapa also hosts the Arya Kshema dharma winter gathering where nuns receive special teachings, instructions and gather to debate Buddhist philosophy so as to further increase their opportunities for a traditional education.
2013: Preliminary Discussions on Restoring Nuns’ Ordination
On September 14, 2013, at the International Buddhist Confederation in New Delhi, Gyalwang Karmapa participated in a discussions with the Full Nun’s Ordination Working Group, joining Co-Chairs Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Abbess of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India, and Ven. Dhammananda, Abbess of Wat Songkhammakalayani Temple in Thailand.
2015: Gyalwang Karmapa Makes Historic Announcement on Restoring Nuns’ Ordination
On January 24, 2015, during the Second Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering the Gyalwang Karmapa made the historical announcement that, beginning next year [which was later changed to 2017 for astrological reasons], he would take concrete steps towards restoring nuns’ vows in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
2016: Gyalwang Karmapa Discusses Questions Related to Giving Bhikshuni Ordination to Nuns
January 22, 2016, during the eighth day of teaching at the Arya Kshema Winter Dharma Gathering, the Gyalwang Karmapa discussed questions related to giving bhikshuni ordination to nuns.
2017: The First Step Toward Full Ordination for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns
History of Ordained Nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition: The Karmapa Relates
In a video address, Gyalwang Karmapa gave a brief summary of the history of buddhist nuns' ordination and in particular in the Tibetan buddhist tradition. The talk was part of the 4th annual Arya Kshema which took place in Bodhgaya, India.
The Special Sramanerika Vow: A Historic Step for Nuns
March 10, 2017, at the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, eighteen women took the shramaneri vows. One additional woman would take the vows several days later on the auspicious fifteenth day of the Month of Miracles.
On March 11, 2017, on the morning of the first full moon in the Tibetan year, at the sacred site of the Bodhi Tree, the Ritual Practice for the Dharma to Flourish in Women’s and Especially Nuns’ Communities and the ritual of bestowing the shramaneri vows was successfully completed. Gyalwang Karmapa addressed the assembly.
On 3 January 2007, Ogyen Trinley Dorje mandated a purely vegetarian diet in all his monasteries and centers and strongly urged vegetarianism among all his students, saying that generally, in his view, it was very important in the Mahayana not to eat meat and that, even in Vajrayana, it is preferable for students and practitioners not to eat meat.
Commenting on the Buddhist tradition of life release, where animals destined for slaughter are bought, blessed and natively released, Orgyen Trinley Dorje indicated that the meaning of this concept was broad and that practitioners should use their intelligence to expand the tradition. Similarly, when addressing the 2007 Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, he indicated that planting a single tree can be more beneficial than performing life release for many beings; recommending that monasteries should plant one to two thousand trees. In addition he urged monks to practise restraint when sponsors offer technology upgrades.
At the second conference on environmental protection (3 to 8 October 2009, Gyuto Monastery), he stated that "For too long, people have behaved thoughtlessly and ignored the damage to the environment that they are creating and, if this continued there was a great danger that it would be too late to do anything."
In recent years, Khoryug, a network of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and centers that work on environmental protection in the Eastern Himalayas, was developed under the auspices of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as part of the World Wildlife Fund's Sacred Earth: Faiths for Conservation program. And, in his April 2015 interview with Yale Environment 360, he said, "The environmental emergency that we face is not just a scientific issue, nor is it just a political issue, it is also a moral issue. And therefore all of us approaching this issue have to pick up our share of the responsibility to find and implement solutions. The scientific aspect of it, of course, is the supply of information — the creation of models and predictions and the introduction of techniques that we can use to remedy this. But our share of this responsibility is to take what scientists teach us to heart, so we actually transform our way of life into one that is sustainable.”
- At vinde Frihed gennem Meditation
- La liberté par la méditation
- Wolność przez medytację
- Свобода благодаря медитации
- Wolność przez medytację
2008-2019: Heart Advice of the Karmapa
2018-2019: Brief Recitations for the Four Preliminary Practices (Root Text)
- Nghi thức thực hành căn bản hằng ngày Ngondro
- Nyndro na dzisiejsze czasy
- Краткий текст для четырёх предварительных практик
- Bốn nghi thức tụng niệm tóm tắt thực hành căn bản
2018: Чод: учения и практика
2018: སྣང་མཛད་ཉི་མའི་དཀྱིལ་འཁོར། ༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོང་སྤྲུལ་ན་རིམ་གྱི་མཛད་པ་དང་རྗེས་དྲན་པར་རིས། • The Illuminating Orb of the Sun: Photographs Recalling the Incarnations of Jamgön Kongtrul • 光明日輪 : 歷代蔣貢康楚紀念攝影集
2017: 跟著走，就成佛 The Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment (Commentary)
2017: 我願無盡 The King of Aspirations (Commentary)
2017: བྱམས་ཆེན་གྱི་སྒྱུ་འཕྲུལ། ། བྱམས་མགོན་ཀྭན་ཏིང་གོ་ཤྲི་ཏཱའི་སི་ཏུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་མཛད་རྣམ་སྙིང་བཏུས། Magical Illusion of the Great Maitreya: The Essential Life Story of Jamgön Kenting Goshir Tai Situ Rinpoche
2017: གསང་བདག་གི་རོལ་གར། ། མཚུར་ཕུའི་དྲུང་པ་གོ་ཤྲི་རྒྱལ་ཚབ་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་རྣམ་ཐར་སྙིང་བཏུས། Lord of the Secret Teachings’ Dynamic Display: The Essential Life Story of Drungpa Tsurphu Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche
- 噶舉大祈願 法會課誦本
- Kagju Mynlam: modlitwy i rytuały
- Книга молитв Кагью Монламa
- El Libro del Monlam Kagyu
2003-2017: Music in the Sky
2015: Nurturing Compassion (Teachings from the First Visit to Europe)
2007-2011: The Kagyu Monlam Book
Mipham Chokyi Lodro, 14th Shamarpa (the second-longest recognized tulku lineage in the Karma Kagyu tradition, and who in previous incarnations has held and transmitted the Kagyu lineage between Karmapas), did not recognize Ogyen Trinley Dorje and instead proclaimed Trinley Thaye Dorje (Wylie: Mtha'-yas Rdo-rje), whom he purportedly identified a few years earlier than the recognition of Orgyen Thrinley Dorje in a dream as the true Karmapa. Shamarpas camp argue that until the reincarnation line of the Shamarpas was forbidden by the government of the Dalai Lama, the successive Shamarpas were the persons in charge to recognize the Karmapas, whereas the Dalai Lamas played no role in the recognition.
Many of the previous Karmapas have left a letter stating the details of their rebirth (this is an aspect of the special self-recognizing siddhi of the Karmapas) to assist in the recognition of their future incarnation, and thus the Shamarpa's recognition through a dream has come under scrutiny. On the other side Shamarpa questioned the authenticity of the "prophecy letter" which the 16th Karmapa allegedly had written and asked Situ Rinpoche for a forensic test of the letter, which Situ Rinpoche refused. Ogyen Trinley Dorje is supported by the majority of the Kagyu hierarchy, including two lamas who have played a role in finding previous Karmapas: Tai Situpa and Goshir Gyaltsab. A fourth such lama, the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul, died early on during the controversy. Ogyen Trinley Dorje was enthroned at Tsurphu Monastery.
Other high Kagyu lamas who support Ogyen Trinley Dorje include the 9th Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche; the 9th Thrangu Rinpoche; the 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and his Nalandabodhi organization; the 12th Surmang Choseng Trungpa; the 7th Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche; the 3rd Tenga Rinpoche; the Third Bardor Tulku Rinpoche; Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche; Bokar Tulku Rinpoche; Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra); Sakyong Mipham and his organization, Shambhala Buddhism; Drupon Rinpoche and Lama Norlha Rinpoche, among others. He is also recognized as Karmapa by both the current 14th Dalai Lama and the government of China.
Also sided with Orgyen Trinley Dorje are tulkus he has identified, such as the 11th Nenang Pawo, and those identified by Tai Situ Rinpoche such as the 3rd Kalu Rinpoche. There are now two recognitions of the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul, one sided with each Karmapa.
2011 police raid on Karmapa offices
In January 2011, the Himachal Pradesh Police seized money in currencies of 25 countries including China, valued at over ₹ 60 million, during raids on the offices of a trust backed by Ogyen Trinley Dorje. They also seized several traveler's cheques and land deal documents, suspecting a hawala scam. Initially, the police suspected that the money was being used to spread Chinese influence in India, and that the Karmapa was a Chinese agent helping the Chinese government control Buddhist monasteries in India. They said even if the Karmapa was able to explain the source of the money recovered, he might be held liable for violating the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act.
The Karmapa denied all the allegations and said that the seized money came via the donations from his followers. A New York Times report on the matter noted that an unnamed rival Karmapa candidate has "close ties to Indian intelligence officials." On 11 February 2011, it was reported that the central Indian government had cleared the Karmapa of all charges, finding that the money in question had been donated by followers.
In December 2011, the Himachal Pradesh Police filed a chargesheet against Ogyen Trinley Dorje, naming him as an accused in the cash and foreign currency seizure case. The Karmapa's office claimed that Dorje was not involved in the financial administration.
Indian police said on Tuesday 24 April 2012 that they had dropped all criminal charges against Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
Criminal proceedings opened
A judge at the Himachal Pradesh High Court issued an order for authorities to open criminal proceedings over the recovery of around 1 million USD in foreign currency during a raid on his Buddhist monastery. His spokesman stated that "He strongly believes truth will prevail at the end". Karmapa, along with nine other accused, was charged on 7 December 2012 and was asked by the court to appear personally on 6 March 2013. He failed to appear as he was out of Dharamsala. All the accused were as of July 2015[update] on bail.
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- Gyalwang Karmapa explained that: "over the last ten or twenty years, led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, many of the masters of Tibetan Buddhism, including many high lamas, geshes, and khenpos, have engaged in discussions with good intentions. There have been many discussions, and people have put great effort into this—I have seen and experienced this for myself. We’ve had a lot of talk and research into the words of the Buddha, the treatises by Indian masters, as well as the Tibetan scriptures. It sometimes seems that over the past twenty years we’ve only had talk and research, but we haven’t actually put anything into practice. It’s been like this for a long time."
- "The Gyalwang Karmapa Discusses Nuns' Ordination; Teaches on Bodhisattva Vow | Karmapa – The Official Website of the 17th Karmapa". Retrieved 13 October 2019.
- "History in the Making: The First Step Toward Full Ordination for Tibetan Buddhist Nuns | Karmapa – The Official Website of the 17th Karmapa". Retrieved 13 October 2019.
- Talk on Vegetarianism, by Orgyen Trinle Dorje, Karmapa XVII, As Translated Simultaneously by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche 3 January 2007, Full Moon Day, During the 24th annual Great Kagyu Monlam, Bodhgaya, India
- "Life Release". Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
- kagyumonlam.org: Kagyu Monlam Chenmo -- Teachings -- More Words on the Environment (2007/12/27)
- A Message from the Gyalwang Karmapa: 108 Things You Can Do Archived 2010-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala Hosts Conference on Environmental Protection
- Karmapa supports international climate action day
- "Sacred Earth: Faiths for Conservation". World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- "For Buddhist Leader, Religion And the Environment Are One" Interview with H.H. The Karmapa by Roger Rohn, Yale Environment 360, 16 April 2015. 
- This list may not include all publications by Ogyen Trinley Dorje; in particular, titles published in Chinese.
- see: Shamarpa#Controversy
- Prof. Geoffrey Brian Samuel in: “Affirmation of Geoffrey Brian Samuel,” Lama vs. Hope and Ors, CIV-2004404-001363, High Court of New Zealand Auckland Registry, 11 November 2004.
- "The "letter of prediction"". 10 March 2015.
- Yardley, Jim (8 February 2011). "Tibetan Lama Faces Scrutiny and Suspicion in India". New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
After the death of the previous Karmapa, a bitter feud broke out between the high lamas charged with identifying his successor: at least two other people now claim to be the Karmapa, though a majority of Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, recognize Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
- "The Karmapa Controversy". HomePage of Thrangu Rinpoche. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
I have concluded with absolute certainty that Urgyen Trinley Drodul Dorje from Tibet is the 17th Karmapa.
- "Lineage Masters". Nalandabodhi: Gateway to the Buddhist Science of Mind. Nalandabodhi. 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- Lettre de Tenga Rinpoché à Sharmapa et Topgala Archived 2011-08-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Lettre de Bokar Rinpoché à Sharmapa et Topgala
- "Shambhala Welcomes His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa to America!". shambhala.org. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Shambhala International (Vajradhatu). 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "Foreign currency seized from monastery". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- Vineeta Pandey & Ajay Bharadwaj (29 January 2011). "Money-stashing karmapa may be tried". DNA. Retrieved 29 January 2011.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- "No clue about the cash:Karmapa". DNAINDIA. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- Ananth Krishnan (29 January 2011). "China denies Karmapa links, Tibetans express anger". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- Wong, Edward (4 February 2011). "China: Officials Say Tibetan Lama Is Not a Chinese Spy as India Says". New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
- "India: Tibetan Lama Cleared in Cash Inquiry, Report Says." The New York Times, 11 February 2011.
- India police charge Tibet holy man in money probe. San Francisco Chronicle, 8 December 2011.
- ‘Karmapa not involved in financial administration of office’. Indian Express, 9 December 2011.
- The West Australian
- Start Criminal Proceedings against Karmapa: Himachal HC to Govt, in India Today, July 09, 2015, Retrieved 26 November 2018
- The Dance of 17 Lives : The Incredible True Story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa, by Mick Brown. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA, 2005. ISBN 1-58234-598-8
- Music in the Sky: The Life, Art & Teachings of the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, by Michele Martin. Ithaca, New York: Snow Lion Press, 2003. ISBN 1-55939-195-2.
- Karmapa of Tibet: The Politics of Reincarnation, by Lea Terhune. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2004. ISBN 0-86171-180-7
- Tibet vulnerable to climate change ( FacenFacts)
- Karma Triyana Dharmachakra – The Office of Ogyen Trinley Dorje's center and branches in the United States (re-retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
- TED.com Talk: "The technology of the heart" (Live via interpreter), Nov 2009 (retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
- "The Karmapa breaks his silence" Business Standard article dated May 23, 2009 (re-retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
- TIME Magazine article on Karmapa Time.com, May 15, 2008 (re-retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
- Who Is Karmapa (Karmapa is coming to the USA!) (re-retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
- The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Simhas.org (retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
- 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje Links at Karmapa.net (re-retrieved Feb 1, 2011)
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