HH Karmapa met with members and supporters of the Karmapa youth community in Berlin on his final day of teaching in Europe. After giving a teaching on “Heart Advice” at Bodhicharya Berlin, HH Karmapa sat down with kids, young adults, and supporters to discuss how to connect with young people. KYC requested to host another youth event after the successful ocassion in 2014 and discussed ideas of developing an internet-based community.
photo by Filip Wolak
“What we are remembering and reflecting on with Karmapa 900 is the great kindness of Dusum Khyenpa, the First Karmapa. Not only did he show measureless kindness to beings: through his deeds in founding the Karmapa lineage and the great lineage of the Karma Kagyu, Dusum Khyenpa was the source of 900 years of kindness to beings.
“Countless great beings have come and engaged in enlightened activities over the past nine centuries through this lineage. That was all possible only because Dusum Khyenpa came into the world. He was the actual seed for the vast tree of the Karma Kagyu, with its wide shade-giving branches and its blossoms and rich fruits.
“It is my personal duty and the duty of all followers of the Karma Kagyu to honor his deeds and his great compassion, courage and wisdom, by cultivating those same qualities ourselves. Karmapa 900 is designed to serve as a reminder, and as an opportunity to do so.”
– His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.
Filmed in November 2009.