Q A The Incarnate
Ogyen Trinley Dorji 17th Karmapa
Q: Despite China’s endorsement, you fled Tibet in 2000…. A:
If I had remained in Tibet, I might have been used as a political tool by China. I don’t have much connection to the political path. But as a Tibetan, I think the Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’ is our biggest hope, perhaps our only hope.
Q: Is it awkward, what with your large Chinese following and your role among the Tibetans? A:
The connection between the Karmapa and the Chinese people dates back 600-700 years. As a religious leader, my responsibility is to all sentient beings, be they Chinese or Tibetan.
Q: How do you deal with the challenge of a ‘rival’ Karmapa (Thaye Dorji) who claims your lineage? A:
It is an uncomfortable situation and it can be a little depressing. But it concerns the lineage. It’s not a personal issue—so I try to keep as vast a view of this as I can.
Q: What are your interests outside of religion?
A: I sometimes watch football and I play the acoustic guitar and sing, but I’m very lazy. If I was more diligent, maybe I could be an artist or musician. My intelligence is not too bad. The problem is laziness!