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Language as the Link, Unity as the Future: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the 56th Anniversary of the Upper TCV

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October 23, 2016 – Upper TCV, Dharamsala, India
On a bright sunny day, more than a thousand Tibetans gathered to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the Upper TCV Dharamsala. His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa was invited as the chief guest for the opening ceremony of three days of events that would showcase Tibetan cultural performances, art exhibitions, debates, and an athletics meet. The theme of the celebration was the unity of the three provinces of Tibet, (Utsang, Kham, and Amdo), and how this can be strengthened through Tibetan spiritual values and culture.

Other distinguished guests included the Kalon (Minister) of the Department of Religion and Culture, Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok, the Speaker of 16th Tibetan Parliament, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, as well as members of the Kashag, many Secretaries and officials of Central Read the rest of this article

The Viewpoints of Both the East and the West Are Necessary: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the Fourth Mind and Life Conference at the Men-Tsee-khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute)

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October 12, 2016 – Dharamshala, India
This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest of honor at the opening of the Body, Mind and Life Conference, which took place for the fourth time at the Men-Tsee-khang College’s auditorium. Also present were the special guest, the Minister of Health Choekyong Wangchuk from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche along with many important officials from the CTA and the Men-Tsee-Khang. The conference focused on the pervasive problem of depression, looking at it from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and astrology as well as modern science.

Recalling that he had benefitted from attending Mind and Life conferences with HH the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa mentioned that he had studied some Read the rest of this article

The Critical Issue of Tibetan Unity: The Gyalwang Karmapa Concludes His Three-Day Visit to TCV

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October 12, 2016 – TCV School, Upper Dharamsala
This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated the final day of his three-day visit to Upper TCV by giving a long-life empowerment, a reading transmission for the Twenty-One Praises of Tara, and an openhearted talk on the situation of the Tibetan community. He began by discussing the general attitude towards long life empowerments.

There are many rituals that deal with prolonging life, he said, such as an empowerment, sadhana, life release, ransoming life, or summoning the life force. “However, in order to have a long life, we need to create both inner and outer positive conditions,” he explained. “We need to look after our physical health. Tibetan medical texts speak at length about the importance of diet, sleep patterns, and exercise. If we pay careful attention to these physical Read the rest of this article

On Becoming a Good Person The Gyalwang Karmapa talks to the Middle and Senior Students at TCV


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October 11, 2016 – Tibetan Children’s Village Upper Dharamsala, India
The Gyalwang Karmapa began his second day at TCV by circumambulating the shrine hall while turning the prayer wheels, and then he spoke briefly with the teachers and staff. Afterward he went to visit classrooms for the Middle and Senior students Sometimes the Karmapa stood in the back of the classroom to observe, and at others he stood with the teacher or next to a student watching how they were taking notes or reading their book. In the science lab, the students showed him the projects they had recently completed.

During the afternoon, the Karmapa returned to the main hall to talk to the Middle and Senior students as well as the faculty. Sitting on the stage beneath a large image of the Buddha, the Karmapa recalled that he had come many times this school as well Read the rest of this article

What is True Compassion? The Gyalwang Karmapa Talks to TCV Foster Mothers

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October 10, 2016 – Upper TCV, Dharamshala, India
This afternoon in a more informal setting, the Gyalwang Karmapa met with the foster mothers of TCV Upper Dharamsala. They responsible for the daily care of the students, who live homes of about thirty students each with one foster mother to each home. The Karmapa began his talk with something he said they all would know.

“What people become depends on the social environment of their childhood and especially on the close relationship they have as children with the people who care for them. Whatever habitual patterns are created in their young years and the counseling they receive are probably the most important thing for shaping their thought for the rest of their lives. Therefore, those who act as mothers are essential.

“As Read the rest of this article