H. H. the Karmapa: Vegetarianism, Online Education, and Nuns’ Ordination
For our debut episode, Daniel travels to Dharamsala, India, to interview His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
His Holiness talks about the efficacy of listening to Dharma classes, receiving empowerments, and taking ordination vows online, touching on the differences between Tibetan and traditional Western education and how each benefits from dialogue with the other.
He further shares some thoughts on how Western Dharma centers could be improved; he talks about vegetarianism, including anecdotes from his own and his previous emanations’ experiences with vegetarianism; and he discusses his recent involvement planning to re-establish the tradition of full ordination for Tibetan Buddhist nuns.
About the Interviewee
His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the head of a 900-year-old lineage and one of Buddhism’s most important spiritual leaders. He is known for his eloquence—grounded in rigorous Buddhist education—in advancing universal human values. He is the seventeenth incarnation in the Karmapa lineage, which dates back to the twelfth century.