The Office of His Holiness announces administrative changes in the staff of the office since the passing of General Secretary) (Zhanag Dzodpa Tenzin Namgyal in June of 2005. The Second Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche has been appointed to serve as acting General Secretary. Since the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa arrived in India in January 2000, Rinpoche has been at Gyuto Monastery serving the Karmapa as his primary attendant. Rinpoche also has substantial responsibilities for Dilyak Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal and is an advisor to Nalandabodhi. As directed by His Holiness, the Late General Secretary, while hospitalized prior to his passing, appointed Rinpoche as the acting General Secretary. Detailed information about the staff of the office is available here. Read the rest of this article
His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his 70th Birthday on July 6, 2005. His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa attended the ceremonies, joining with others in prayers for longetivity of His Holiness, offerings of mandalas and celebrations of the accomplishments of the Dalai Lama. A photo of the Karmapa with the Dalai Lama is viewable at the Phayul website. Read the rest of this article
On June 26, 2005, His Holiness became 20 years of age (21 years according to the Tibetan counting system). The program for His Holiness’s birthday commenced at 5:30am with a ceremony at Gyuto in which monks offered long life prayers for His Holiness. Afterwards, a song and prayer were offered by disciples of the Karmapa from Taiwan. Events continued throughout the day.
Earlier in the month, on June 20th, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa consecrated the new Tinkar Chodey Institute in Gopalpur, near Dharamsala, being constructed by Khenpo Rinchen Dhondrup. The Karmapa visited and blessed the construction which is currently underway. Read the rest of this article
Tibetan Settlements in South India Enthusiastically Receive His Holiness Karmapa (February-March, 2005)
In March, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa toured South India as part of a month long visit to Tibetan Settlements in the area. His Holiness flew to Goa Airport on the 28th of February, where he was met by representatives of major monasteries in the Mungod Settlement. He departed for Mungod Settlement the following day after being received at the Karnataka border by the district commissioner, superintendent of police of Karwar and a member of parliament. After Mungod, His Holiness visited Kollegal, where he presided at the opening of the Nalanda International Institute in Byalkuppe, and subsequently visited Hunsur and Periyapatna settlments. More information Read the rest of this article