A vision of peace for the world

The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje is the spiritual leader of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In accordance with the lineage’s centuries-old tradition he was recognized as the 17th Karmapa by the second most senior Karma Kagyu lama, the late 14th Shamar Mipham Chokyi Lodro. A global Buddhist leader and teacher, Karmapa wishes to benefit all beings. He has a unique vision of peace—a world in which we cultivate our inner wealth—our innate values of wisdom and compassion.

Siddhartha Foundation International (SFI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established to support the 17th Karmapa’s activities to contribute to the peace, prosperity and well-being of the American people. The Karmapa’s activities include his work to promote social welfare and healthcare, and in general protect and preserve authentic Buddhist teachings that unlock the intrinsic positive qualities of mind and give tremendous meaning to our lives.

Over 900 contemplative centers in more than 60 countries operate under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje. There are many ways to support Karmapa’s activities through SFI—your good wishes, effort and donations are greatly appreciated.

Meet the 17th Karmapa