His website profile is that of many 24-year-olds. He likes the band Black Eyed Peas and action films such as Spider-Man; he watches the BBC news, The Simpsons and Lost, his heroes are Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and Peter O’Toole and he would like to have met Elvis and Mahatma Gandhi.
He includes on his MySpace blog film of his Mum and Dad, a gallery of his friends and comments and greetings from readers and admirers.
But this is no ordinary blog. The author is His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje, otherwise known as the Black Hat Lama, one of the most senior and revered figures in Tibetan Buddhism.