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French Language Kagyu Office Website Opens

A French-language verson of the website for His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has been opened under the auspices of His Holiness Karmapas Office of Administration. Please visit us at:

www.kagyuoffice-fr.org

Le Site Officiel Français de Sa Sainteté le XVIIe Karmapa Orgyèn Trinley Dorjé, Chef spirituel et détenteur de la lignée Karma Kagyu, vous invite à découvrir la Biographie détaillée du XVIIe Karmapa – depuis sa reconnaissance au Tibet jusqu’à son arrivée en Inde – ses innombrables Activités, la riche Histoire de sa Lignée, ainsi que ses précieux Enseignements parmi tant d’autres.

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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Closing Remarks

Conference on Environmental Protection

His Holiness thanked everybody who had been involved in the conference, particularly Dekil Chungyalpa, without whom the conference would not have been possible, and congratulated the monasteries for participating in this second conference.

He said how much he appreciated their efforts but the motivation was important.  Working  for environmental protection should not be just to please him nor out of competitiveness with other monasteries, but should be done wholeheartedly with the motivation that environmental protection is  benefiting all sentient beings. They should hold this aspiration.

His Holiness reminded everybody that religious practice without ethical behaviour was empty.

On this planet, there are millions of insects, animals and plants. In order to survive, human  beings  need all of them.  It is not possible for humans to survive on their own.  Because all living things on this planet are interdependent, we all have to take an interest in and act to protect the environment for our own survival and happiness.

Likewise, Buddha’s teachings   frequently instruct us to work for the benefit of others and to stop harming them, but often   we do not know whether the everyday things we use are harmful Read the rest of this article

The Science of Climate Change and Practical Rainwater Harvesting

Conference on Environmental Protection – Day 6 – October 8, 2009 – Dharamsala

Dekil began with an account of climate change because of global warming, which has led to increased rainfall in some areas and drought in others,  glaciers in the Himalaya were shrinking, sea levels were rising, extreme weather events were increasing. In severely  affected areas, the population was forced to relocate leading to social unrest. The long-term consequences would be on power and water supplies.

Dekil then gave detailed instructions on rain water harvesting , how monasteries could collect rainwater from the rooftops, filter it and store it in tanks.

 

Environmental Destruction in Tibet

Tsering Yangkyi from TESI Environmental Awareness Movement gave a detailed presentation on what is happening in Tibet including deforestation and the effects of large-scale mining for minerals.

 

The Effects of Climate Change on Tibet

Chokyi, from the Environment and Development desk of the DIIR, showed  slides illustrating how climate change has already led to  shrinking glaciers and lakes,  degraded pasturelands, most memorable, the sacred Gang Rinpoche (Snow Rinpoche ie  Mt Kailash )  with hardly any Read the rest of this article

Questions, Discussion and Testing

Conference on Environmental Protection – Day 5 – October 7, 2009 – Dharamsala

Question and Answer Session

Dekil Chungyalpa answered questions arising from Tuesday’s sessions on wildlife protection.

Some key points that emerged:

  • The monastic community has a responsibility to lead and give advice on environmental issues.
  • Protecting the environment also protects wildlife – they are not separate activities.

The monks and nuns wanted to know more about how they themselves could protect wildlife. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa on Protection of Wildlife and Waste Conservation

Conference on Environmental Protection – Day 4 – October 6, 2009 – Dharamsala

The morning began with a question and answer session.

 

Waste Management

The main topic for the morning was waste management.  Dr Anjan Kumar Kalia (Him Renewable Energy Consultants) gave a clear and comprehensive presentation on waste management. He first explained the different types of waste and highlighted that although waste could be a problem it was also a wealth.

His then focused on vermi-composting which used kitchen waste,    and bio-gas, which is produced from animal and human waste.  The session concluded with questions from the audience.

 

The overall theme for the afternoon was Wildlife Protection

The Science of Conservation

Dekil Chungyalpa began the session and talked about bio-diversity, and Gyalwang Karmapa translated into Tibetan. She explained how the term biodiversity refers to species, gene pool, ecosystem and ecological  processes.

Human activity has had a devastating effect.  Scientific evidence shows that, as modern human beings spread across the globe, many species became extinct. In the past it was due to hunting, Read the rest of this article