Kagyu Samye Ling
Samye Ling is a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training, known for the authenticity of its teachings and tradition. It offers instruction in Buddhist philosophy and meditation within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a centre for the preservation of Tibetan religion, culture, medicine, art, architecture and handicrafts.
HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje (1985 - ) was born in 1985 to a Nomad family in Tibet. There were many auspicious signs surrounding his birth. During her pregnancy his mother dreamt of three white cranes offering her a bowl of yoghurt. A brilliant gold letter sat atop the bowl and signified her forthcoming son.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Born in 1940, in Dharak Village, Riwoche County, in the Chamdo area of Kham, which is part of the Tibetan areas of China, he was discovered at a very young age by the search party seeking the reincarnation of the previous (1st) Akong, Karma Miyo, Abbot of Lho Tsawagang Drolma Lhakang Monastery in Pashu County in the Chamdo area of Kham. The search party was following precise instructions given by HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Supreme Head of the Karma Kagyu Tradition.