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Gyalwang Karmapa Attends 75th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness Dalai Lama

July 6, 2010 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa attended the 75th birthday celebration function of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Featuring a day-long cultural show, the event was held in the courtyard of the Main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglag-Khang) in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles, joined by visiting tourists and members from local Indian and Nepali community, attended the birthday celebration.

Leaders of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, including Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Mr Penpa Tsering, other senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, and local Indian dignitaries attended the function.

A group of Chinese from Australia also greeted the Dalai Lama on the occasion. Well-wishers representing local schools and the Indian and Nepali community of Dharamsala presented birthday gifts and greetings to the Dalai Lama. Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali artists performed cultural songs and dances in traditional costumes.

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900 Years of Karmapa: Memorial Ceremony

June 27-29, 2010 – Gyuto

This year marks the 900th year since the birth of the First Karmapa Dhuesum Khenpa (1110-1193), who founded the lineage of Kagyu in 1139 C.E.

Tsurphu Labrang hosted a three day meeting in Gyuto to organize the 900th year celebration of Karmapa. His Holiness chaired the meeting. Attending the meeting were 31 representatives of different Karma Kamtsang monasteries and nunneries from India, Nepal and Bhutan; The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, representing Karmapa Foundation in America; Drupon Rinpoche, General Secretary of His Holiness Karmapa; Ringu Tulku, representing Karmapa Network Europe, Mr. Sonam Damdul, Member of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile; and Scholar Tashi Tsering, from Amnye Machen Institute.

It was decided that the celebration would be for one year beginning from the 8th of December, 2010 (that is 2nd day of the 11th month) to 27th Dec 2011 (3rd day of the 11th month according to Tibetan Lunar calendar). The opening ceremony will be from the 8th-9th of December, in Bodhgaya, and the closing ceremony would be for one week from the 21st-27th December 2011 in New Delhi. There will be exhibitions, resource person Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Karmapa Celebrates His 26th Birthday

June 26, 2010 – Gyuto

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated his 26th birthday (according to Tibetan Lunar Calendar).

Tibetans and Buddhist followers living in Dharamsala celebrated the birthday of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. Thousands of international devotees chanted hymns, praying for peace and harmony, while performing with traditional ritual instruments. His Holiness gave a birthday address in Tibetan, English, Chinese and Korean languages. In his brief speech to the gathering, His Holiness thanked fellow Tibetans and well-wishers around the world for their birthday greetings and for holding honorary celebrations.

Dignitaries including Tibetan government officials, parliament members and heads of NGOs, monasteries, nunneries and institutions conveyed greetings to His Holiness. Earlier in the day, the programme had begun with the offering of Mandalas to His Holiness, led by the Gyuto Khen-Rinpoche. Buddhist followers also offered prayers, wishing well-being and a long life to His Holiness. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts group sang a song composed by His Holiness on his birthday.

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Live Webcast of His Holiness Karmapa’s Birthday Address

June 25, 2010

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa will be making a speech as part of his 26th Birthday Celebration. This address will be made available for public viewing via live internet webcast. His Holiness’s Office of Information and Communications will be broadcasting this event via Live-Webcast.

The detail of the Birthday Speech Webcast is as follows:

Date: June 26th, 2010

Time:
India Time (IST): 6/26, 02:00 pm
Taipei / Beijing: 6/26, 04:30 pm
US Pacific Time (PDT): 6/26, 01:30 am
US Eastern Time (EDT): 6/26, 04:30 am
London Time: 6/26, 09:30 am

Webcast Site: http://www.karmapa-teachings.org

To convert India time to your local time, please click here. Please Return to this website no earlier than an hour before the scheduled time to find the link to the live webcast page.

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