April 30, 2010: 9:00AM – Dari, Dharamsala
A “Thank You Himachal Pradesh Day” was observed today at Dari, near Dharamshala, to mark the 50th anniversary of residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in particular; and the Tibetan community, in general, in Himachal Pradesh. The ceremony was led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in attendance were: His Holiness the Karmapa; Kalon Tripa; two speakers of the Tibetan Exile Government; and many Indian and Tibetan dignitaries. Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, the honourable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, graced this special occasion on behalf of the State Government of Himachal Pradesh. His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked profusely the Government and the people of Himachal Pradesh for their kindness and generosity shown to him and to the Tibetan people all these years.
Following the ceremony, His Holiness the Karmapa commented that India’s kindness to the Tibetan people demonstrates their commitment to Dharma, which is why all Dharma continues to flourish here.
Prof. Prem Kumar Dumal, in his speech, made a special mention of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s presence and contribution in making Read the rest of this article
Karmapa’s Personal Request: Sangha Dedications to Survivors and Deceased Victims of Qinghai Earthquake
April 30, 2010
To the Source of Refuge, the Ocean-like Assembly of Sangha:
As you know, a devastating earthquake recently struck the area of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]. The earthquake took the lives of tens of thousands of humans and animals and left many survivors with serious injuries and intense physical and mental trauma. On top of all of this, Thrangu Monastery saw the destruction of its temple and its precious contents, as well as the deaths of several members of the monastic community. In short, the region and its inhabitants have undergone unbearable loss. Please think of both the survivors and the deceased with love and fondness. I humbly request you Read the rest of this article
Gyalwang Karmapa Participates in Pujas for Dalai Lama’s Long Life, and for Victims of Qinghai Earthquake. Also, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjang Rinpoche Visit Karmapa
April 27, 2010 – Gyuto, Dharamsala
Today, during the first session of puja, Tibetans in Dharamsala and Jonang Monastery from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, offered Long Life prayers to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to observe the 50th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival to Dharamsala in 1960 from Mussoorie. The prayer was led, performed, and sponsored by Gyalwa Jonangpa. His Holiness Karmapa, monks, and the community of Dharamsala also participated in the puja.
The second session of puja was led and performed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the presence of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, dignitaries of Central Tibetan Administration, staffs, monks, nuns, lay people and many foreign sympathisers. The prayer began at 1 p.m. and lasted for two hours. The puja was a special prayer for Kyigudo Quake victims. Many lamas and members of the public participated in the puja, amounting to an assembly in the thousands.
Following the pujas, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjang Rinpoche paid His Holiness Karmapa a visit at his Gyuto residence.
Announcement from Karmapa’s Office of Administration – Re: Signature Campaign “Free His Holiness the Karmapa”
April 23, 2010
It has come to the attention of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and Tsurphu Labrang (the Office of Karmapa’s Administration) that a signature campaign to a global petition, addressed to the Government of India under the heading “Free His Holiness the Karmapa”, is being circulated on the internet. Read more