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Young Buddhist leader will bring instant karma on his visit to Scotland

March 21, 2010

19 March 2010 - The Scotsman
By CLAIRE SMITH

THE Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, is to
visit Scotland this year as part of his first trip to Europe.

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 24, will give a public talk at the
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and visit the Buddhist-owned Holy Isle, off the coast
of Arran.

The head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism will also visit the
Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Dumfriesshire - the first Tibetan temple in the
west. He follows in the footsteps of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpa Dorje,
one of the inspirations behind the Samye Ling Centre.

Lama Yeshe, Abbot of the Samye Ling Monastery, said of the 17th Karmapa: "He
is a man with a vision. He is young, he is engaging and he is a really
modern teacher with a strong interest in environmental issues.

"His predecessor saw a vision at Samye Ling and said it was going to become
one of the most successful monasteries in Europe."

The 16th Karmapa visited Scotland twice, in 1974 and 1976, and helped to
draw up the plans for what would become Samye Ling.

The current Karmapa was born in 1985 in Tibet and hit the headlines all over
the world when he escaped across the mountains to India in 2000, when he was
just 14. The Karmapa, who now lives in India, visited the United States in
2008, but this is his first visit to Europe.

In a statement on his website The Karmapa said: "When I was very young, I
used to look at many children's books from Europe and, somewhat inspired by
those, I sometimes had an experience of being in the natural environment of
ancient Europe, where I was living in a very pleasant and happy way.

"I think the most important thing is to follow in the footsteps of the 16th
Karmapa. Whatever activities he started and imprints or impressions he left
with his body, speech and mind in Europe and in the people of Europe, I wish
to follow it up, continuing his activities and lay a good foundation in my
students. This is my first wish."

He added that he also hoped to work towards bringing "not only outer
material progress, but to bring inner happiness and wellbeing to the people
of this world, finding a way to create the outer developments as a means to
develop inner peace and joy."

Lord David Steel, who will introduce the Karmapa at his talk in the capital
on 25 June said :

"I look forward to meeting this remarkable young man and to introducing his
public talk.

"Having recently returned from a visit to Tibet, I am intrigued to meet the
High Lama on whose youthful shoulders so much rests and to hearing his talk
on a subject that affects us all, namely, The Key to Happiness."

Ani Rinchen Khandro, the resident nun from Samye Ling in Edinburgh, said for
many Buddhists the Karmapa's visit was a dream come true. "I'm really
excited. I have been wanting this to happen for so long."
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