Ogyen Trinley Dorje (Wyl. o rgyan ‘phrin las rdo rje) (b. 26 June 1985), His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, is the spiritual leader and head of the Karma Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the four major lineages of Tibet. Born in 1985 in Kham, Eastern Tibet, the Karmapa organized his escape from Tibet at the age 14, crossing the perilous Himalayas in mid-winter. The 17th Karmapa currently lives in Gyutö Monastery near Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Karmapa is considered to be one of the most important Tibetan lamas after His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Karmapa has been acknowledged as one of the most brilliant representatives of a new generation of spiritual leaders. He has a modern and pragmatic view while at the same incorporating the Buddhist spiritual tradition, its culture and Tibetan values.
The 17th Karmapa has been personally appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to continue his vision into the twenty-first century. Following in the footsteps of His Holiness, he has participated in the creation of a new ethic, relevant to all cultures and all religions of the twenty-first century, using the values of tolerance, reconciliation, solidarity and compassion for all sentient beings.