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The Gyalwang Karmapa Reaches Out to Displaced Children

Tong-len Charitable Trust, Sarah, Dharamsala, India
November 19, 2015

On this brilliant and crisp autumn day, the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to be the chief guest at the 11th Thanksgiving Day of Tong-len Charitable Trust and also to inaugurate its new building. Situated on the forested ridge of a valley below Dharamsala, the Trust’s major project is to provide health care and education to the children of the nearby Charan slum camp. Tong-len (tong meaning “to give to others” and len, the empathy that wishes to alleviate their suffering) was started in 2004 by Lobsang Jamyang, a Tibetan monk who felt a special sympathy for the young children of the camp, who affectionately call him Guruji. He started out helping 10 children and now their number has grown to 250.

When the Karmapa arrived at Tong-len, he was greeted with the traditional white scarves and escorted to the new building that houses dormitories, a leadership training space, and an interfaith room. Inaugurating Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Establishes Environmental Awards

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala, India
November 15, 2015

With the goal of setting a positive example themselves, monks and nuns have been discussing for three days the environmental projects they want to pursue during the next five years. They voted on which issues were most important to them and the results were tallied. On this last day, final reports were presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa in four broad areas: implementation, communication, coordination, and organizational structure. In his talk to the gathering, he addressed each one.

First the Karmapa thanked in depth the monks and nuns who have been working for Khoryug and developing projects that have benefitted their monasteries, nunneries, and surrounding communities. He then turned to the main issues of the conference. First he asked, when we speak of protecting the environment what does implementation mean? It indicates, he answered, that we work not just for one or two days, but month after month, year after year, sustaining a flow of continuous activity. “Protecting Read the rest of this article

Overcoming Negative Emotions in Daily Life (Podcast Episode #002)


Today we are happy to bring you the second episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

This special teaching comes from Karmapa’s most recent trip to the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation.

The talk was organized by a vibrant local Dharma center (that had to hire a hall to accommodate all the members present!) where the lama requested that Karmapa teach on any topic that he liked. His Holiness determined that loving kindness and compassion would be a good topic and begun a beautiful impromptu talk about how to apply the Dharma to daily life and overcome negative emotions or kleshas.

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Connect with the Environment through Your Heart

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala, India
November 14, 2015

Today the delegates to the sixth Khoryug conference continued their discussions at Norbulingka Institute. Nestled back from the road between Dharamsala and Gyuto Monastery, the Institute offers an oasis of natural stone paths that wind over little streams and under leafy canopies of trees flush from monsoon rains. On the way to the radiant shrine hall where the Khoryug conference was held, participants pass a huge poinsettia tree cascading its starry red blossoms down to a pond while just beyond it, a mani wheel turns in the heart of a rivulet flowing down the hill. The site has provided a perfect setting for a conference on the environment.

This morning, the Gyalwang Karmapa came to speak especially with the new participants and explain the purpose of Khoryug and what it supports. By way of introduction he gave two reasons why he started Khoryug in 2009. On a personal level, he was born in an area of Eastern Tibet known as Lhatok where he lived a simple nomadic life, Read the rest of this article

Sixth Khoryug Conference On Environmental Protection For Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries & Nunneries In The Himalayas

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala, November 13-15, 2015

    “In order to save the Himalayas and Tibet from the threats of deforestation, climate change, and pollution, we have to be full of courage and believe whole heartedly that this endeavor is winnable. The alternative is unthinkable.”

    -His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Khoryug means ‘environment’ in Tibetan and the organization’s sixth conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in the Himalayas has brought together 45 monastic delegates representing monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan. The goal of the conference is to create the Next Five Year Action Plan for all Khoryug monasteries. A draft of the plan will be presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa when he addresses the conference on the final day.

The delegates will examine the previous five years of projects involving environmental issues such as water and energy conservation, reforestation, waste Read the rest of this article