November 29, 2009 - Bodhgaya
His Holiness Karmapa arrived in Bodhgaya today at 4:30pm. While in Bodhgaya, His Holiness will be participating in the 13th Karmae Gunchoe, the 27th Kagyu Monlam, and he will later attend His Holiness Dalai Lama's teachings during the beginning of January, 2010.
Anticipating His Holiness' arrival, participating Karmae Gunchoe monks and khenpos, Kagyu Monlam staff, and many international devotees welcomed His Holiness by waiting in long lines, on both sides of road, holding khatas and incenses. Upon his arrival, at Tergar Monastery, His Holiness was welcomed by Serbang.
His Holiness arrived from Delhi, via Varanasi to Bodhgaya.
Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Bodhgaya.
November 21, 2009 - TCV Chauntra
On the 5th founding anniversary of the TCV School of Chauntra, His Holiness inaugurated and consecrated a special center for disabled students.
His Holiness graced the anniversary as chief guest, and Mr. Tsultrim Tenzin (Member of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile) and all the heads of the local Tibetan settlements also attended the occasion.
TCV Chauntra School is situated 56 km away from Dharamsala. The school has more than a thousand students, including students from kindergarten to the 10th standard as well as the students in the new special center for disabled students.
His Holiness gave the students a Manjushri transmission and urged them to take more interest in learning about the Tibetan culture while being engaged in their modern education.
The anniversary concluded with a cultural show from the school.
Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates TCV Chauntra School Center for Disabled Students.
November 9, 2009
Last year, through our joint effort, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his historic first visit to the U.S. He mesmerized audiences across America with his profound and compassionate teachings. Today, November 9, after much anticipation, those incredible teachings are finally available on DVD.
The new site (www.karmapafoundation.org) is now available with full information about the DVDs of the Karmap's teachings, and links to our online Partner stores where you can pre-order them.
For those who were so fortunate to attend His Holiness Karmapa s precious teachings last year in the U.S., these DVDs will be a lasting reminder of the incredible experience of being in the presence of this young enlightened master. And for those who were not able to attend, the precious teachings His Holiness gave on his first American tour will now be available to everyone.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the release of these videos, which are the only available source of the Karmapa's historic first public teachings in America. Today, these perfect gifts of Dharma become available to you and your friends. We would be grateful if you could help us communicate to those who may be interested. For more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 4-7, 2009 - Mysore, India
His Holiness has completed his participation in the November 4-7 conference called TEDIndia, a belated coming-out party at the Infosys campus for the global rise of India and South Asia. Top thinkers from India and elsewhere, from a wide cross-section of disciplines, gave moving talks and shared ideas about how to grapple with and ameliorate some of India’s—and the world’s—most challenging problems through technology (T), education (E), and development (D). His Holiness attended talks and social gatherings for the first three days of the program and made many wonderful connections with talented people working to help the world.
On Friday, November 6, His Holiness took a break from his participation in TEDIndia to lead a prayer service in Mysore, organized by the South Zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council, for the victims of recent flooding in South Asia.
On Saturday, November 7, before TEDIndia’s live audience as well as those who viewed an international, live webcast sponsored by the Times of India, His Holiness gave his much-anticipated TEDIndia talk. His Holiness covered a wide array of topics, from remarks about his personal and family background to comments about how spiritual practitioners can bring greater benefit to situations such as the sufferings of women around the globe. His Holiness applauded India’s rise on the global economic stage, but also encouraged an approach in which the causes of growth would be in harmony with the planet’s long-term wellbeing and the deeper levels of human happiness.
TEDIndia participants were seen to universally express strong feelings of inspiration and appreciation toward His Holiness’s talk and presence on the stage for the conference’s conclusion.
Video of all of the conference’s talks will be posted by TEDIndia, in a gradual manner, beginning in mid-November. Visit http://conferences.ted.com/TEDIndia/ for further information.
Gyalwang Karmapa visits Mysore and speaks at TED India.
November 2, 2009 - Bangalore
His Holiness Karmapa left Dharamsala on November 1st for South India. He will be attending the TED India conference as a speaker from November 4-7 at Infosys in Mysore.
On November 8th, His Holiness will give teachings to the Tibetan community and students at Tibetan Youth Hostel in Bangalore city. On November 10th, Karmapa will give teachins in New Delhi, and on November 11th he will return to Gyuto, Dharamsala.Back to top
November 1-11, 2009 - Mysore, Karnataka & Delhi
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October 31, 2009 - Dharamshala
His Holiness Karmapa led a mass prayer service at the Tsuglagkhang, in Dharamsala. Hundreds of Tibetan exiles, including Buddhist monks and nuns, gathered at the main Tibetan temple for a three-day prayer service to mourn the Tibetans who were recently executed. The memorial service is being organised by ten Tibetan organisations based in Dharamsala.
His Holiness Karmapa leads mass prayer service.
October 26, 2009 - Dharamsala
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa inaugurated a new detailed six-volume biography of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It was an elaborate book launch held at the Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute, located near Dharamsala. This morning, the Norbulingka Institute launched the book.
His Holiness Dalai Lama, the newly enthroned 102nd Gaden Tripa Thubten Nyima Lungtok Tenzin Norbu, the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, and senior leaders of the Tibetan Government, including the Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, took part in the ceremonial function.
In addition, His Holiness Dalai Lama expressed “deep sadness” over the fate of the four Tibetans and offered prayers for those people who were killed in Tibet, Xinjiang (East Turkestan) and those killed and injured in Sunday’s twin bomb blasts in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
“So since we are gathered here in large numbers today, let’s take this opportunity to offer prayers for them,” His Holiness Dalai Lama told the gathering before initiating the mass prayer session.
Gyalwang Karmapa inaugurates biography of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
October 24, 2009 - Dharamsala
On October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa said that there are many ways for us to be kind and generous towards others.
His Holiness was speaking at a modest gathering at the McLeod Ganj Day School on the International Day of Climate Action - a special day that is being observed throughout the whole world. His Holiness inaugurated a signature drive on climate action by signing his signature on a giant piece of cloth.
His Holiness took the audience by surprise when he shifted his role from that of "chief guest" to that of "resource person" when he gave a PowerPoint presentation about the environment. The PowerPoint presentation was not on the organizers’ list of planned programming for the day. His Holiness said that every human being has a responsibility towards preserving nature and that we must act now if the fight against climate change and the destruction of the environment are going to be won.
The Environment and Development Desk of the Exile Tibetan Government, the Clean Upper Dharamsala Project of the Tibetan Settlement Office, and Tesi Environment Awareness Movement, jointly organized the day's event. The event was attended, among others, by the deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, members of the Tibetan Parliament and representative of the various institutes and organizations.
Gyalwang Karmapa speaks of kindness on the International Day of Climate Action
Gyalwang Karmapa graces the 49th founding anniversary ceremony of The Tibetan Children's Village School
October 23, 2009 - TCV School, Dharamsala
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa was requested to grace the 49th founding anniversary ceremony, as the chief guest, of the Tibetan Children's Village School.
School children eagerly awaiting His Holiness' arrival, just to catch a glimpse of him.
The school band played a welcome tune when His Holiness' car arrived at the main grounds. All the school's heads, including Jetsun Pema La (His Holiness Dalai Lama's Sister), offered khatas to His Holines upon his arrival.
The Ministers and Members of Parliament of Tibetan Government in Exile attended the anniversary ceremony.
After His Holiness' reception, the program began with a welcoming speech by the school's president.
His Holiness gave an address to the public concerning the education of the children. His Holiness also visited the school's museum after lunch and concluded the day's program.
Gyalwang Karmapa graces the 49th founding anniversary ceremony
October 11th, 2009 - Dharamsala
Second day of the 25th founding anniversary of Lower Tibetan Children Village School, His Holiness was invited as the Chief Guest of the program.
The highlight of the second days program was the inter school 8th grade dialectic contest, where students debate on Buddhist philosophy in monastic style of debate. His Holiness presided over the contest and remarked this as a new way of learning the essence of Buddhism and school is actually putting in practice what His Holiness Dalai Lama has urged.
Later His Holiness inaugurated the student's art exhibition and concluded the program.
His Holiness at the Tibetan Children's Village 25th Anniversary, in Dharamsala
Conference on Environmental Protection
His Holiness thanked everybody who had been involved in the conference, particularly Dekil Chungyalpa, without whom the conference would not have been possible, and congratulated the monasteries for participating in this second conference.
He said how much he appreciated their efforts but the motivation was important. Working for environmental protection should not be just to please him nor out of competitiveness with other monasteries, but should be done wholeheartedly with the motivation that environmental protection is benefiting all sentient beings. They should hold this aspiration.
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Then Gyalwang Karmapa shared his own aspiration ─ that if he had the power he would become the protector of the earth and cover it like a tent.
The final event of the conference was a performance by monks and laypeople from Tsurphu Labrang of Gyalwang Karmapa's poem Aspiration for the World, first in Tibetan and then in English.
Aspiration for the World
World, we live and die on your lap,
On you we experience all our woes and joys.
You are our ancestral home of old.
Forever we cherish and adore you.
We wish to transform you into the pure realm of our dreams.
We wish to transform you into a land for all creatures,
Equal for all and free of prejudice.
We wish to transform you into a loving, warm and gentle goddess.
Our hope in you is so ever resolute.
So please be the ground on which we all may live
So all these wishes may come true,
So all these wishes may come true.
Do not show us the dark side of your character,
Where nature's calamities reign.
In every section of our world's land
May there thrive a fertile field of peace and joy,
Rich with the leaves and fruits of happiness,
Filled with the many sweet scents of freedom.
May we fulfil our countless and boundless wishes.
Composed by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and translated into English by Tyler Dewar.
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