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Announcement from The Karmapa’s Office of Administration with Regards to Canceled European Tour

April 20, 2010

The Karmapa’s Office of Administration (Tsurphu Labrang) would like to express its sincerest regrets and sadness that the Dharma tour program of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Europe could not take place for reasons which have not yet been disclosed. We understand that this has created a lot of disappointment and frustration. However, we would like to request the many followers and devotees of His Holiness to take heart and not cast aspersion on any organization or government body for the cancellation of the tour.

We wish to thank the Government of India for all the assistance, hospitality and kindness that His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has received after his arrival to India in the year 2000. We also thank Ven. Ringu Tulku and the organizers of the Europe Dharma Tour who have put in a lot of time and effort for many months in spite of their busy schedule and other commitments.

His Holiness’ announcement has said, “I hope that this is merely a temporary setback and that I will definitely be able to visit Europe in the near future.” Remembering this, we urge all to remain calm and collected.

Lama Phuntsok
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New Appointment of Staff in Tsurphu Labrang Administration

April 19, 2010

Today at 5.30 AM, 19th April, 2010, H.H. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa added few more staff members to the Office of His Administration. The appointment was done traditionally by performing special prayers in the presence of His Holiness himself and by giving blessings individually in the form of offering scarfs and protection strings to each recipiant after completing the oath taking ceremony. His Holiness appointed the new members with the following assignments:

1. Garwang: Coordinator (Support Letter & Reincarnation Matters)
2. Karma Tsultrim Tharchin: Asst. Coordinator (Support Letter & Reincarnation Matters)
3. Woser Rabten: Coordinator (Monastery and Dharma Center Matters)
4. Longtok Tenzin: Assistant to Eng. Secretary, and Information & Communications Director
5. Sonam Paljor: Chanting Master, Rumtek; Dharma Chakra Center, Sikkim

The appointment ceremony was witnessed by other office bearers, senior lamas, and His Holiness’s sister, Ngodup Palzom.

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An Appeal from The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

April 17, 2010

An Appeal from the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

The large earthquake in Yushu County, Xinghai Province, has caused great loss of life and injured many people. To date the death toll has risen above 1000 and the number of those severely injured has also risen above 1000. In total, more than 10,000 people have been injured.

When I heard this tragic news, I was very saddened at the loss, and began immediately to offer prayers for those who have been affected by this incident, both those who have lost their lives and the survivors. May those who have died be freed from the bardo state of terror and suffering of such an unexpected death, and be reborn in the pure lands or a higher realm. May the survivors who have undergone the suffering of loss of relatives and friends and the trauma of losing their homes be comforted and find relief. May they receive the Read the rest of this article