Trinley Thaye Dorje

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Trinley Thaye Dorje
Religion Buddhism
Denomination Vajrayana
School Karma Kagyu
Born (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 38)
Lhasa, Tibet, China
Spouse Rinchen Yangzom (m. 2017)[1]
Children Thugsey
Senior posting
Title His Holiness
17th KarmapaCo-claimant along with Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Predecessor Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
Religious career
Reincarnation KarmapaCo-claimant along with Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Trinley Thaye Dorje (Tibetan: ཕྲིན་ལས་མཐའ་ཡས་རྡོ་རྗེ་Wylie: Phrin-las Mtha'-yas Rdo-rje) (born 6 May 1983 in Lhasa) is one of two claimants to the title of 17th Karmapa.

The Karmapa is head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.


Trinley Thaye Dorje is the son of the 3rd Mipham Rinpoche (Tshe-dbang Bdud-'dul lineage) of Junyung Monastery, one of several persons believed to be a reincarnation of Ju Mipham, an important lama of the Nyingmapa school, and Dechen Wangmo, the daughter of a noble family descended from King Gesar of Ling.[2]

In March 1994, Thaye Dorje and his family escaped from Tibet to Nepal and then to India, where Shamar Rinpoche formally recognized him as the 17th Karmapa. In 1994 Thaye Dorje was enthroned by the 14th Kunzig Shamarpa as the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi, India. On March 25, 2017, Thaye Dorje married Rinchen Yangzom.


  1. "Karmapa has something special and personal to share with you... - The 17th Karmapa: Official website of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa". The 17th Karmapa: Official website of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Karmapa. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  2. Diamondway-Buddhism Archived 2006-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. Biography Thaye Trinley Dorje. (Retrieved: September 18, 2006)

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