WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — At the age of 7, he was deemed to be the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa
— one of the most revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism — and whisked
from the yak-hair tent of his nomad family in the Himalayas to be
groomed in a monastery for leadership.
Now 26, his mere appearance on the stage alongside the
at a major ceremony in Washington this month sent a flutter of
excitement through the Tibetans in the crowd. Here was more evidence to
them that the Dalai Lama had taken the young Karmapa under his wing,
serving as teacher and father figure in India, where both live in exile,
because China claims sovereignty over Tibet.
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