December 22, 2023
Karmapa’s message for Lama Ole’s 82nd birthday
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, shares the following message on the occasion of the 82nd birthday of Lama Ole Nydahl.
A transcript of the letter follows.
Dear Dharma friends,
Today we celebrate a special and joyous occasion: the 82nd birthday of our dear Lama Ole, whose tremendous courage and perseverance are an example to all of us.
For more than 50 years now, Lama Ole has made the Buddha Dharma accessible to countless people around the world, by offering the Buddhist refuge to tens of thousands of individuals and leading innumerable Dharma courses. Over the course of these 50 years, he has established more than 640 Karma Kagyu centres all over the world, which have served as access points to the Buddha Dharma.
This precious activity has accumulated immeasurable joy and merit, and has been of vast benefit for both our Karma Kagyu lineage and countless sentient beings.
I rejoice in Lama Ole’s Dharma activity and offer my prayers to the precious golden garland of the Karma Kagyu lineage masters to bless and protect Lama Ole, and I invite all of my students to join me in these prayers.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa