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His Holiness Shares His Experiences of Mahamudra Practice

March 16, 2009

At the request of students who recently finished The Venerable Khenche Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche’s Mahamudra course, His Holiness accepted to teach the day after his arrival from Delhi.

His Holiness began with some question answers. After carefully answering the questions, His Holiness decided to share some of his experiences for the benefit of the students who are practicing Mahamudra. Read more

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Gives Talk to Students of Tibetan Youth Hostel in New Delhi

March 13th, 2009

Many students from all around Delhi gathered to attend the talk; His Holiness Karmapa gave the reading transmission of the common short supplication of Manjushri and Seven Line prayer of Guru Rinpoche. His Holiness began his talk wishing good health and success for everyone.

This year marks 50 years of exile in India for Tibetan people, and it is a very long period. We do many demonstrations and rallies for Tibet. If we do not have a Tibetan spirit then we are merely following society or just copying others. The new generation should take more interest in our tradition, culture and religion that our elders have preserved. We have to study and understand the fundamentals of our Buddhist religion – that is love and compassion. Learn basics of our culture and tradition and develop respect and affinity towards it. I think that is how to gradually develop a spirit of Tibetan. I think education and Tibetan ambiance are two very important factors for building up a Tibetan spirit.

His Holiness concluded the talk with some question answers with the students.

His Holiness arrived in New Delhi on March 12, from Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates the 10th Religious Conference of Tibetan Buddhism

March 6, 2009

His Holiness inaugurated the 10th Religious Conference of Tibetan Buddhism at Thekchen Choling in Dharamsala. The heads of all the major Tibetan Buddhism sects including the Bon participated the conference.

The Religion and Cultural department of Tibetan Government in exile requested His Holiness to inaugurate and to lead the conference. Read more

Nun’s Education and Conduct in Modern Times

On October 18th, 2008, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to preside over the second all-night debate session of the fourteenth Jamyang Guncho for nuns, which was held at Jamyang Choling Institute in Dharamsala. Over two hundred nuns from seven different nunneries were present. The following presents the main points of the remarks which His Holiness gave on that occasion.

These days many friends from abroad with a modern viewpoint are giving help and direction to Tibetan nuns and laywomen and I would like to thank them for their help. But I think we need to begin from within our own Tibetan society to find a particular Tibetan way of being modern. The reason for this is that other viewpoints and Tibetan culture are sometimes incompatible, and as Tibetan culture is already endangered, insisting too strongly on imposing other ways of doing things could very well weaken what we are working hard to preserve.

There are quotations in the scriptures and treatises which say that ordaining women as nuns will make the Buddhist teachings disappear five hundred years earlier than otherwise. Some people cite these passages to scare you. Others try to explain them away, saying they should not be taken literally. In any case, I don’t think it is necessary to do either. The reason is Read the rest of this article