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Gyuto Monastery in Exile Organises Special Prayer, Led by Karmapa

April 22, 2010 – Gyuto

The recent earthquake in Yushu Count., Xianghai Province, has caused a great loss of life, destruction of property, and left many injured and children orphaned.

While expressing their sympathy for those who have lost their lives, and in support for those who have lost their property and dear ones, as well as those injured in this catastrophic earthquake; the Gyuto Monastery in Exile organised a special prayer in the main temple this morning from 9am to 10am. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa led this special prayer which was also attended by Venerable Denma Locho Rinpoche as well as many venerable abbots and venerable tulkus of their monastery.

At the request of media representatives of Radio Free Asia, Tibetan Voice of America, Phayul.com, Tibetan Voice of Tibet, Tibetan Chitsok Melong, Bod-kyi Bang-chen, Bod-kyi Dus-bab, Tibetan DIIR, and CTA, His Holiness sent his condolences and special message to all Read the rest of this article

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.

Special scented rice and tea were Read the rest of this article