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HH Karmapa Presides Over the Last Day of Mahakala Pujas

February 23, 2009

Today is the 29th day of final month according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The resident monks have been performing Mahakala pujas for the past two days. The text they are using was composed by 6th Karmapa, Thongwa Dönden. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Launches His Booklet: Environmental Guidelines for Karma Kagyu Buddhist Monasteries, Centers and Community

Gyalwang Karmapa’s booklet, Environmental Guidelines for Karma Kagyu Buddhist Monasteries, Centres and Community went on sale at the end of Kagyu Monlam. So far the booklet has been published in English and Chinese; the Tibetan edition should be available in February/March 2009. His Holiness briefly described the booklet and his own deep concerns about the environment on the second day of the Western teaching.
He explained how he had first spoken about environmental concerns at the end of the 25th Kagyu Monlam. He had mentioned his worries again in his concluding speech at the 26th Kagyu Monlam. He then detailed the five sections of the booklet, by highlighting the destruction of forests in India and Tibet, the danger to water supplies, the protection of wildlife, the need for waste management, and the threat of global warming and climate change.
He admitted the culpability of some monasteries in cutting down trees to be sold as timber. This had to be stopped and those forests replanted.
Glaciers and snow melt in the Himalayan region are the source of water and thereby the source of life for millions of people throughout Asia, rivers from Tibet flow to China, Burma, India and Pakistan, so it was essential to both protect the source and prevent the Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Returns to Gyuto

January 29, 2009

His Holiness Karmapa’s winter tour concluded with his arrival at Gyuto Tantric University, his temporary residence near Dharamsala. His Holiness has resumed his daily activities at Gyuto. Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Presides Over The Hë-Vajra (Gye-pa Dorji ) Puja

January 25, 2009

His Holiness presided over the ongoing Hë-Vajra puja today at 8 am; the puja was initiated on January 21 and will be held until January 27 at Vajra Vidhya.

Tulku Dhamchoe and the head monks of Vajra Vidhya Institute offered Mandala to His Holiness. Read more

His Holiness Visits the Center Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies of Varanasi

January 23, 2009

His Holiness arrived at 10:40 am. The Director of the University, Geshe Ngawang Samten, offered khata and welcomed His Holiness inside the main hall.

Three girls from the University presented a wonderful song of Shë-Chöe in Sanskrit to His Holiness.

Director Geshe Ngawang Samten said: “on behalf of all the faculty members and students we are very grateful that His Holiness has accepted the invitation to give us a talk.” Read more