His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was
Lhathok region of Kham in eastern Tibet and received his initial
the Kagyu tradition at Tsurphu, Tibet. His Holiness fled the
Tibet in January 2000. He is currently residing in
India. The Karmapa's are known as the
'Vajra Crown', or Black Hat lineage.