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Karmapa: "Joining Heart and Mind: Creating a Compassionate World"

  • Ethical Culture Society 33 Central Park West (64th Street) New York, NY 10023 (map)

News Flash: Become a Patron of the Karmapa Foundation and the 2015 Visit

We are now making available tickets in the following categories, first come, first served. 

  • Premium orchestra tickets, originally $1,000, now available for $800. These tickets include a rupa from and reception with His Holiness.
  • Semi-premium tickets (back of orchestra) originally $250 now available for $175.
  • Hardship and monastic tickets in the balcony, available by donation (contact

Let’s fill the hall for His Holiness and raise money to cover his visit. 

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Compassion is the key force motivating our work to change ourselves and the world. We need practical guidance on strengthening compassion so that it moves us to create and seize opportunities to act. Given the enormity of the goal of creating a healthy planet and society, the qualities of courage and joy need to be cultivated to sustain our compassion on the long road that lies ahead. To do this, we must base our lives fully in our noble heart—not just to prevent caretaker- and activist burnout, but in order to create a meaningful and happy life for ourselves.

All proceeds will go to the Karmapa Foundation in support of His Holiness the Karmapa’s visit to America. Other events are listed at



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PLEASE NOTE: Our highest priced tickets offer the added benefit of a rupa blessed by His Holiness and an audience/blessing line in a private setting before the talk. We hope that all those invited to this event will arrive at the venue between 5:15 and 5:45 for entry no later than 5:55.  At that blessing you will have the opportunity to be introduced to His Holiness and have a few words with him. The rupa will be blessed and handed to you by him. Information on this will be provided the evening of the talk.

The three-inch rupas that His Holiness will bless and offer are all "lost wax castings", made in Nepal by a Newari craftsman. They represent the five buddha families and are called "pancha buddha families." Their mudras signify vajra, ratna, padma, amogasidddi and vairocana. Newari craftsmen have been making rupas for over a thousand years in Nepal.  They are known as great artisans and their craft is passed down from generation to generation.


His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

As the spiritual head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has emerged as an important thought leader for our time. Since his dramatic escape from Tibet to India in 2000, the Karmapa has played a key role in preserving Tibetan religion and culture. He has been described as “a world spiritual leader for the 21st century,” and has inspired millions of people worldwide to take action on social and environmental issues. At the age of 29, the Karmapa’s message has particularly resonated with young people, whom he encourages to take responsibility to create a more compassionate future for the planet.

“Karmapa” literally means “He Who Performs the Activities of the Buddha” and the Karmapa lineage itself is known for putting Buddhist principles into action. The Khoryug association that he founded has transformed over 55 monasteries across the Himalayan region into local centers for environmental activism. Leading on women’s issues, in January 2015 the Karmapa made the historic announcement that he will establish full ordination for women, a long-awaited step within Tibetan Buddhism.