The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s Dharma Activities in Vancouver

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will begin his first Canadian tour at the end of May 2017.  This visit, to last nearly a month, will begin in Toronto, proceeding to Calgary and reach Vancouver as its final Canadian destination in mid-June.  Activities planned during His Holiness’ visit in Vancouver include: a Chenrezig empowerment, Akshobhya teachings and empowerment, and a panel discussion on our environment and social inequality.

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa is the spiritual leader of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Karmapa lineage dates back 900 years; it is the oldest and foremost lineage to commence a tradition of reincarnate teachers in Tibetan Buddhism.  The current Karmapa has taken birth in 1985, unto a nomadic family in eastern Tibet.  He was recognized as the 17th lineage holder at an age of seven, and journeyed from Tibet to India at the age of 14.  Ever since, the Gyalwang Karmapa has assumed the role of a spiritual leader.  He has traveled the world working towards the betterment of humanity, raising global environmental awareness, promoting spiritual peace, and preserving the Tibetan culture.

His Holiness has visited the United States, in 2008 , 2011 and another in 2015.  Since, he has begun spreading teachings of the Buddha in Europe and North America.  And in May, Canada is to be added to this itinerary.  The 16th Gyalwang Karmapa has visited Canada twice during his time, in 1974 and 1977.  It has been forty years since our last visit from the Karmapa, and we believe his coming trip is to bring vast benefit to all.

Currently, there are three public events scheduled during His Holiness’ stay in Vancouver.  There will be a Chenrezig empowerment on June 18th, a panel discussion on June 21st, and Akshobhya teachings and empowerment from June 23rd-24th.  We cordially invite everyone to join us for these events.  For the most updated information, please refer often to our official website at


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s Vancouver Schedule

Chenrezig Empowerment (in Tibetan)
Time: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @2:00-4:00PM
Place: TBA

Panel Discussion “Interconnected-ness: Environment and Social Inequality”
Time: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @3:30-5:00PM
Place: UBC, Chan Centre

Akshobhya Teachings and Empowerment
Time: Friday, June 23, 2017 @5:30-7:00PM
Saturday, June 24, 2017 @9:30-11:30AM and 2:00-4:00PM
Place: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Note: Events subject to change without notice, please frequent the website for the most updated information.