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The 17th Karmapa visited Germany for Religious Tour

June 11th, 2014

News from Berlin - The 17th Karmapa, the third most important Tibetan religious head visited Germany for a fortnight long religious tour. It was 28-year-old Ogyen Trinley Dorje's first visit to Europe where he met Jewish and Catholic leaders, besides interacting with his followers.

Throughout his teachings in Germany, the Karmapa reiterated his concern for the environment and his appeal for a world with less greed and more compassion. Stressing on personal responsibility towards the environment, he was quoted by German news as saying: "We should never exploit the world we live in for the purpose of short-term benefits."

The Karmapa, who now resides in a monastery on the outskirts of Dharamsala where the Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered, left for Germany May 25 and returned on June 10. He has travelled to the US in 2008, his only visit abroad since he fled Tibet.The Karmapa is the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage, which he worked to modernise while remaining faithful to the authentic teachings of the Buddha.

Making headlines after a dramatic flight from Tibet to India in January 2000 when he was just 14-year-old, the Karmapa has emerged as a strong leader and retains a close relationship of mentor and protege with the Dalai Lama.

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