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His Holiness Gives Instructions on Environmental Consciousness

April 20, 2009 – Gyuto, Dharamsala

At 2:30pm His Holiness gathered all the Tsurphu Labrang (Karmapa’s Office of Administration) staff members, those working Gyuto, to his audience chamber. His Holiness gave a brief introduction about environmental consciousness and how humans have created problems to upset the natural balance of the environment. Read more

His Holiness Karmapa Studying the Sciences

April 11, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa is studying the sciences with Daniel Goleman. For four days, His Holiness will study two-hour long science classes in Gyuto. Richard Gere joined His Holiness on the first day of class.

Daniel Goleman is an internationally recognized psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Read more

His Holiness Karmapa Attends the “Mind and Life” Conference

April 6-10, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa attended the “Mind and Life” conference, which took place at His Holiness Dalai Lama’s residence.

Prominent western scientists and renowned academics have gathered for five days of presentation and dialogues as part of a “Mind and Life” conference series, including Buddhist scholar-practitioners.

The conference themed: “Attention, Memory and Mind: A synergy of Psychological, Neuroscientific and Contemplative Perspectives” started with an inaugural talk by the Dalai Lama.

This is the 18th Mind and Life meeting. The first meeting took place in 1987.

The Mind and Life Dialogues, more generally termed “Dialogues between Buddhism and the sciences”, were initially started to experiment whether a rigorous exchange could occur between leading modern scientists and the Dalai Lama.

The 18th Mind and Life Conference aims the primary focus on the subjective phenomenology, information-processing operations, and neural mechanisms of attention, memory and conscious awareness from both scientific and Buddhist perspectives.

A number of scientific research programs collaborated with contemplatives to conduct scientific investigation and one of the primary pursuits of Mind and Life Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa is Conferred the India Splendor Award 2009 for His “Contribution to World Peace”

April 6, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa joined by eminent religious leaders from various religious faiths for conference on Sunday at the Dhukhor temple, Tsuklakhang .

The Gyalwang Karmapa was conferred with the India Splendor Award 2009 for his contributions to World Peace.

The second conference on ‘the Indian view for global peace’ is themed “Reciprocity: Base for universal Interconnectedness”.

The conference was participated among others by His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj of Bhanpura Peeth, His Holiness Chidanand Saraswati, Jain Muni Acharya Sri Roopchandra ji, Rev. D S Uchida and His Holiness Swami Parmanand Saraswati.

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi of India Splendor, which is organizing the event, presided over the conference. Dr. Modi, an Indian industrialist, is also one of the patrons of Mahabodhi Society of India.

Dr Modi, on behalf of the peace conference, appealed the Dalai Lama to accept the Indian citizenship and to help lead the global movement for peace from India.

The event is sponsored by Purna Holistic Center, Indian Council of Religious Leaders, Mahabodhi Society of India, Sri Jwalamukhi Mandir Trust, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vaish Federation, Read the rest of this article

Commemorating 50 Years of Exile

March 31, 2009 – Dharamsala

Tibetans celebrated an official function in Dharamsala, to mark the occasion called “Thank you India”.

The functions are part of a series of events being organized by Tibetan exiles to commemorate their 50 year’s in exile and to reaffirm commitment in their struggle for freedom.

In Dharamsala, the function showcasing Tibetan cultural songs and dances by school children was attended by senior officials from the Tibet’s government-in exile and representatives from the Indian community.

At the request of Tibetan Welfare Office, His Holiness Karmapa chaired the function and presented souvenir to the Chief Guest of the event Mr Kishan Kapoor, transport minister, the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

His Holiness Karmapa looks on as the Chief Guest Kishan Kapo speaks at a “Thank You India” function in Dharamsala, Read the rest of this article