- the head of the Kagyupa, Karma Kagyu or Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism, third in importance in the hierarchy of lamas
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Nor has the Karmapa ruled out the possibility of returning to Tibet.
The charismatic Karmapa denies he has any ambition to become a direct successor to the much-revered Dalai Lama.
The fact that the 17th Karmapa is recognized by both Tibetan exiles and by Beijing makes him a powerful figure.
“I face enough challenges fulfilling my role as Karmapa,” he told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview this year.