The Karmapa in America

17 Karmapa As some may or may not have heard, the Seventeenth Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, is going to be in the United States in a month for a couple of weeks. This visit to the United States is the first time that he has been able to come here to visit or to teach.

The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu school within the Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Tibet and recognized as the new Karmapa there, with the oversight of the Chinese government. In 2000, he secretly escaped from his monastery with a few others and fled to India. In India, his movements are fairly restricted by the Indian government (a virtual house arrest, in my opinion) and he hasn’t been allowed to travel often outside of the Dharamsala area, where most of the Tibetans in India live.

He will be teaching in New York City, Boulder, and Seattle. Tickets for these events go on sale this week (starting tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM Eastern Time).

The schedule of events is as follows:

Public Teachings in New York City

Saturday, May 17th: Hammerstein Ballroom Public Teachings at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Sunday, May 18th: Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom A Full Afternoon of Public Teachings Starting at 2:00 PM

Tickets available through on Monday, April 14

Public Teachings in Boulder

Sunday, May 25th: Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado Public Teachings at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Tickets available through TicketsWest, and at KingSoopers retail locations on Tuesday, April 15. Tickets

Public Teachings in Seattle

Saturday, May 31st: Paramount Theatre Public Teachings at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Sunday, June 1st: Paramount Theatre Chenrezig Empowerment at 10:00 AM and Public Teaching at 2:00 PM

Tickets available through TicketMaster on Monday, April 14.

The official Web site for the Karmapa’s visit to the U.S. is I may very well be in Seattle for this but I haven’t made a final determination yet.