One of the joys of childhood for the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was exploring the mountains in the wild region of Kham, in eastern Tibet, with his pet goat. He was born into a large nomad, or Drokpa, family, and the rhythm of his early life was dictated by the seasons, travelling from summer to winter grounds with the family’s horses, sheep and goats and around 50–60 yaks.

“In the area where I grew up there were few people, and the natural environment was very vast. Nature held centre stage. Mountains. Bodies of water. The purity of its presence was very strong,” the Karmapa explained ...


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