Nurturing Compassion


Teachings from the First Visit to Europe

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

In this series of teachings given during his first-ever visit to Europe, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, provided a stunning demonstration of what it means to live and teach with an open heart. The Karmapa shared his own life experiences and the feelings they awakened in him, reflecting on his own process of finding meaning in life. Even though he was addressing massive audiences in convention centres, the youthful Buddhist leader spoke as if conversing with close friends. The result is heart-based and comes direct with the freshness of experience.

The teachings contained in this book issue a clarion call, urging us each to find the meaning of our own life as we take up the responsibility for the world we all live in. To do so, the Karmapa assures us, we need only nurture the seeds of compassion that we all have within us.

Actually, you are the Buddha. Not such an effective buddha, perhaps, but… a buddha, a small Buddha…. We need to nurture our inner Buddha, our child Buddha. – The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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Published by the Karmapa Foundation Europe
Translated by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche & Damchö Diana Finnegan
Edited by Damchö Diana Finnegan & Annie Dibble

Printed book (English): ISBN-9782930871004
e-book (English): ISBN-9782930871011

Designed by Paul O’Connor at Judo Design
Cover Image by Francois Henrard

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