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The Heart is Noble

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18th June 2013 – Habitat Center, New Delhi.

His Holiness the Karmapa’s new book was the talk of the town in Delhi, India this week, where it was officially released by the eminent social activist Aruna Roy. Entitled The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside out, the book explores the most pressing issues of our day, including the environmental crisis, food justice and gender issues, arguing that each and every citizen of the world has a role to play in creating a better future for us all. The book launch was standing-room-only at the India Habitat Centre, where such highly distinguished figures as Rajiv Mehrotra, Pavan K. Varma and Vandana Shiva also spoke in support of His Holiness the Karmapa’s approach to society as outlined in his new book.

Speaking as chief guest at the book-launch event, Aruna Roy said, “As a social activist I was very excited to find that a person who is religious and who Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Shares His Thoughts With 500 Indian Buddhists

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31 May 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

Over 500 Buddhists from across India recently converged on Gyuto Monastery to receive a teaching from the Gyalwang Karmapa. The Nalanda Shiksha group, representing Buddhist associations from throughout the country, met with the Gyalwang Karmapa on the eve of their annual teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.

Speaking through a Hindi translator, the Gyalwang Karmapa told the packed room that it was very important for each individual to make their connection with the Buddha dharma on a personal level, rather than just following along with traditions and customs.

“If you truly know why you are doing your practice,” he told the group, “then you understand how deep the relationship is between your practice and your life, and how your practice is helping you to live a good life. It’s very important that you know and understand what you are doing, and what the goal of practice is. The danger is that if religion becomes just a tradition or a custom that you follow, Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Birthday: 26th June, 2013 – Announcement

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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Birthday: 26th June, 2013

The Karmapa’s Office of Administration wishes to announce that there will be no official celebration of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s birthday at Gyuto Monastery this year.The Gyalwang Karmapa requests those who wish to celebrate this day to do so privately.

In addition, because of increased demands on the Gyalwang Karmapa’s time due to on-going projects, there will be no private audiences from the end of June until the beginning of August. The twice-weekly public audiences, on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, will be held as usual. Read the rest of this article

‘I Express Myself Through Art’, The Gyalwang Karmapa Tells US Students

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28 May 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

When a group of students from Emory University in the United States recently visited the Gyalwang Karmapa, he spoke candidly with them about his life.

The group of around 26 students, led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, travelled to Gyuto Monastery during an annual study-abroad program, and spent about an hour with the Gyalwang Karmapa.

When asked by one student about the role of art in his life, the Gyalwang Karmapa responded,

“There could be a number of reasons why art is important, and it’s not necessarily important to everyone for the same reason. In my case, when the environment around me seems to be quite restricting, which happens to be often, and I feel the need to vent out this feeling of restriction that I’m bound by, then I want to put my feelings of creativity or imagination on paper or canvas and nobody’s trying to restrict me from doing that. For me art is a very important way to express myself under such circumstances, to have an outlet for my creative Read the rest of this article

Celebrating Tibetan Culture With Young Tibetans

IMG_0086 copy 28 May 2013 – Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala

The Gyalwang Karmapa graced the annual Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) ‘Inter-House Cultural Competition’ as guest of honor on the evening of 28 May. He watched with enjoyment as the students showcased the richness of Tibetan culture through song and dance, in a friendly performance competition between the school’s four houses (Nyatri, Trisong, Songtsen and Triral). Adorned in vibrant costumes and hats from different regions of Tibet, the students offered their performances.

The Gyalwang Karmapa warmly thanked the students for their presentation of Tibetan culture, adding that he enjoyed the show a lot.

“During the Cultural Revolution almost 80-90% of Tibetan cultural artifacts were destroyed,” he told those gathered. “All those things that were destroyed, including precious documents, texts and objects, were things which had lots of history, and we cannot get them back. This is a very great loss, and I feel very saddened. It’s the loss of a very precious Read the rest of this article