In his maroon robes on a floral red-silk armchair before a gold-framed mirror, he was surrounded by handlers and protected by the State Department, which extends security to foreign dignitaries and the occasional perfect master. His Holiness, as his followers call him, confirmed that he was 22 years old. When asked if he was also , he laughed heartily.
He carried on most of a brief interview in Tibetan through two translators, with occasional asides in English. The Karmapa has been traditionally recognized to be the third most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, Dr. Thurman said. Tell us what you think.
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