His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The present 17th Karmapa was found and recognized as the genuine Karmapa reincarnation by Shamar Rinpoche, second to the Karmapa in the Karma Kagyu Lineage. The 17th Karmapa is the spiritual head of over 800 monastaries and centres around the world.
Thích Nhất Hạnh (born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, traveling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.