Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, was born on 6th May 1983 in central Tibet. His parents were the great Nyingma lama Mipham Rinpoche and Dechen Wangmo. As soon as he could speak, he told them he was the Karmapa. The Karmapas are the leaders of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
In March 1994, in accordance with the 900 year old tradition, Thaye Dorje was enthroned as the 17th Karmapa. His Holiness the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, the second most senior Karma Kagyu lama, enthroned him. The 14th Shamarpa, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, was himself recognized by the 16th Karmapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1957 and officially enthroned in 1963. Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche passed from this life on 11 June 2014.
The first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, was born in 1110. The first Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub, was born in 1391. The Karmapa leads the longest unbroken chain of reincarnated leaders among the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Karmapa escaped from Tibet in 1994. In 2003, his formal education was completed when he received the title of Vidyadhara, or Knowledge Holder of the Sutras and Tantras.
Today, Karmapa travels extensively, meeting students, young people, world leaders, and leading lights in the fields of spirituality, peace, conflict resolution, and education. Karmapa has the spiritual responsibility for over 900 monasteries and meditation centres around the world.
Trinley Thaye Dorje means Limitless Unchanging Buddha Activity. He resides in Delhi, India.
I personally believe that our family -- be it our immediate family or other forms of family -- represents the ideal environment to begin our cultivation of compassion. Regardless of our cultural background or social status, our family is the most fertile soil in which to grow our inherent seed of compassion so that it flourishes. It cannot grow without this fertile soil of the family.
Think bigger than Material Wealth alone. There are great riches inside of you. If you can invest in your Inner Wealth, I think it could really help you lead by example, and live up to the responsibility that has been placed on your shoulders. The future of the nation, and in many ways, the future of the world is influenced by the choices that you make now.
From a Buddhist perspective, we have a broader view of the types of wealth that exist. There is material wealth, but there is also inner wealth. Inner wealth is timeless, and in this sense it is the opposite of material wealth. Inner wealth is the rich pool of compassion, wisdom and other non-material values that lies within us. All of these values are in front of us, within us, but because we lack the experience of drawing upon inner wealth, we tend to look to the outside too easily.
In Buddhist terms, all of the problems in our society stem from a lack of understanding, a fear of the unknown. When we challenge this ignorance through logic, through reasoning, through tapping into our boundless internal resources of wisdom and compassion, we manifest hope - not just for ourselves, but for our world.