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H.H.the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje was born in 1983,May 6th, in Lhasa, TIBET. The 17th Karmapa's father is the third reincarnation of the 1st Mipham Rinpoche, the head of 13 Nyingma monasteries in Kham, Tibet, and a descendant from many generations of doctors and learned medical scholars. His mother, Dechen Wangmo, is the daughter of a noble family descended from King Gaesar of Ling.
At the age of two and a half, the little boy started to tell people that he was the Karmapa. HH. Gyalwa Karmapa continued tio live in Tibet with his parents until the age of 11 years. At that time he studied under the guidance of his father. Karmapa Thaye Dorje and his family managed to escape from Tibet to Nepal in March 1994 after which he was recongized by HH.Shamar rinpoche.