The Future is Now: Timely advice for creating a better world.


Translated by Ringu Tulku.

One of the most important and revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa shows how the wisdom of an ancient tradition resonates with our fast-paced, globally connected lives. His advice, insights and reflections on topics ranging from the environment and social responsibility to relationships and freedom are juxtaposed with bold and often unexpected contemporary images, which illuminate the timeless teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Open to any page and find guidance on how to live more consciously and caringly, and learn how to create a better world for yourself and future generations.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Hay House UK Ltd
ISBN-10: 1401923003
ISBN-13: 978-1401923006
Dimensions: 17.8 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm



His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu, one of the major Tibetan Buddhist schools. The Karmapas are Tibet’s great wisdom teachers, and the oldest lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. The 17th Karmapa’s dramatic escape to India in 1999 and his current mission to be of benefit to people of all cultures have propelled him onto the world stage. In 2008, he made his historic first visit to America. The 17th Karmapa currently resides at Gyuto Tantric Monastery, near Dharamsala, India.


“This book is an actual meeting with this great spiritual being. It is a feast for the eyes, a spur to the intellect, and a balm for the heart. As I moved from spread to spread of always significant and beautiful photography, I savored the aphorisms and found them moving, thought-provoking, and delightful. It is historic in a unique way. I totally recommend it.”

– Robert Thurman, Prof. of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University; President, Tibet House US

“In our times of conflict and imbalance, the presence of great beings of wisdom and compassion, such as the 17th Karmapa, is a powerful source of hope and inspiration, and a reminder that we must be the change that we want to see in the world. His words of wisdom provide deep insights into our modern world, symbolized here by the striking images gathered in this wonderful book.”

– Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

“The youthful Karmapa is emerging as one of the great spiritual teachers of the modern age, with a wisdom and facility to distill the traditional complexities of Buddhist philosophy into contemporary values and truths. The Future is Now will enrich and inspire people of all ages and beliefs.”

– Mick Brown, author of The Dance of 17 Lives: The Incredible Story of Tibet’s 17th Karmapa

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Front cover image: James Gritz / © Karmapa Foundation


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