• Tibetan Medicine Finds Success in the West: the Karmapa visits Padma Company

    May 25, 2016 -Wetzikon, Switzerland
    This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to a small town just outside Zurich to visit the offices and production site of Padma Company, which manufactures a variety of Tibetan medicines. The organization will soon celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The Karmapa first visited the production site, where in an area outside the factory rooms, a brocade-covered chair...

  • Fostering Interreligious Dialogue: The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the Rigpe Dorje Center in the House of Religion

    May 24, 2016 -Bern, Switzerland
    On his way from Lausanne to Bern, the Karmapa stopped today at Thupten Jamtse Ling Dharma Center to give a blessing to this lovely place of practice. It was founded by Patrick Stillhart, whose generosity has helped centers of different Tibetan Buddhist traditions to find a home in Switzerland.

    Afterward the Karmapa traveled north to Bern for lunch with the Mayor...

  • How Do Ethics Apply to the Practice of Medicine? The Karmapa Dialogues with Students

    May 23, 2016 -Lausanne, Switzerland
    As on his previous tours, the Karmapa is reaching out to the younger generation, this time with a visit to the University of Lausanne. In a large amphitheater, a lively dialogue took place between the Karmapa and over 200 first year medical students. The event was part of their course on ethics and medicine and included giving the students a question, which they...

  • The Gyalwang Karmapa on the Relationship Between Buddhism and Science

    May 22, 2106 -Geneva, Switzerland
    The Gyalwang Karmapa began this afternoon by referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s division of Buddhism into three categories: Buddhism as a science, as a philosophy, and as a religion. When we speak of Buddhism as a science, the Karmapa said, we are considering how it examines exterior phenomena through a process of deduction. The philosophical side refers...

  • A Medicine Buddha Empowerment

    22nd May 2016 -Geneva, Switzerland
    The Medicine Buddha tradition was brought to Tibet from India in the 8th century by the great Indian Buddhist master, the abbot Shantarakshita of Nalanda (725–788), who gave the teachings to the Tibetan king Trisong Deutsen. The abbot’s aim was to increase the welfare of Tibet: to improve health, prevent disease, give protection against black magic, and protect...

  • The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks to Tibetans in Geneva

    May 21, 2016 -Geneva, Switzerland
    Following his afternoon talk, the Karmapa spoke with about hundred Tibetans who live in the Geneva area, augmented by those who came from farther afield to be present today. He conversed with them in great sympathy for the problems they face wherever they might live, in India, Tibet, or other countries of the world. He encouraged them not to give up on their hopes...