Ogyen Trinley Dorje: the Next Dalai Lama?

Also known as the Karmapa, he fled China on foot as a teenager, uses a Mac and loves America. Meet the 22-year-old who could be the Dalai Lama's successor

Lynn Goldsmith

The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

The Lowdown on the new arrival had been that he was brilliant but austere. "He's not jolly like the Dalai Lama," warned an American devotee. "He's a bit stiff." But the baby-faced 22-year-old who may be Tibet's next great hope seemed perfectly relaxed in his room at New York City's Waldorf Towers hotel, none the worse for his first intercontinental flight. Encountering a laptop-bearing reporter, Ogyen Trinley Dorje inquired eagerly about the computer; like his mentor, he's apparently a Mac fan. Asked if he'd managed to sleep on the plane, he replied, "Sleep, but not well. Lot of ..." Then, his...

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