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Lear more about His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
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"His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa holds, teaches, and inspires the lineage of the Kagyu order, which is known for its meditative practices, its focus on retreat, and the many realized masters it has produced.

Like the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa is regarded as an embodiment of compassion, represented by the deity Chenrezik.

The sole purpose of the Karmapa's incarnation is to lead living beings from the suffering of samsara into freedom- the realization of mind's deepest, pure nature. This full awakening, or enlightenment, is possible for every living being who sincerely engages in practice."

From - Music in the Sky: The Life, Art & Teachings of the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
copyright (c) 2003 Michele Martin