June 5, 2010 – Dharamsala
“[At 8:00AM today, on it’s founding anniversary, the] Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement […] announce[d] this year’s Tesi Environmental Service Award to Rangjung Khoryug Sungkyob Tsokpa (Environmental Protection Organization). Rangjung Khoryug Sungkyob Tsokpa (RKST) is an association of Kagyu Buddhist monasteries [that] help protect the Himalayan region from environmental degradation under the leadership of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
RKST consists of thirty-six monasteries across India, Nepal and Bhutan that are working together to help create an environmental awakening in the Himalayas about the importance of forest protection, water conservation, wildlife preservation, climate change adaptation and waste management.
In the last two years, Gyalwang Karmapa has called for environmental commitments from Kagyu monasteries, nunneries and centers, and organised two major environmental conferences. With unwavering faith in His Holiness Karmapa, [the] Kagyu Sangha has done outstanding work in environmental conservation; from tree planting, to mass cleanup, to environmental education. Environmental resource materials as well as Read the rest of this article