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What is the Cause of All Our Suffering?

2016.06.04 day 1
Paris, France – June 4, 2016
The Conference Hall of the Marriott Rive-Gauche has been transformed a shrine hall. In the center of the stage is a radiant throne topped by cluster of golden flaming jewels. Behind a long thangka of the Buddha is flanked by a 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara and, emphasizing the nonsectarian approach to Dharma, a thangka of the Eight Great Charioteers or the Lineages of Transmission in Tibet (nyingma, kadampa, sakya, Marpa kagyu, shangpa kagyu, shije and chö , kalachakra or jordrug, and Orgyen nyengyu). To stage right is a pagoda with two floating roofs. Inside the upper shrine is a statue of the Buddha and below this is enshrined a lovely four-armed Avalokiteshvara.

With a capacity of 1600, the hall is filled to overflowing. Above, the ceiling lights are set in waves of crystal, recalling Read the rest of this article

An Impressive Vietnamese Temple to the South of Paris

2016.06.01 vietnam temple
June 1, 2016 – Evry, France
This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa visited the new Vietnamese temple complex, called Chua Khanh Anh, named after a great Vietnamese master and located south of Paris in Evry. The founder of the temple, Thich Minh Tam, had laid its foundation stone twenty-one years ago, and a very short while ago, the community had received their official certificate of occupation from the local government. Several members of the Vietnamese Sangha said they considered it a very auspicious sign that the completion of their building project coincided with the Karmapa’s visit.

Trinh, a member of the Sangha, further explained that the purpose of the new buildings was to provide a place where the different French “Pagodas,” or Vietnamese Buddhist centers Read the rest of this article

The First Visit to a Dharma Center in France

2016.06.01 Kagyu Zong
June 1, 2016 – Paris, France
Kagyu Dzong, a center under the guidance of Lama Gyurme in Paris, is situated in the broad meadows and spreading forests of the Bois de Vincennes. Though the center of Paris is not far away, one has the impression of having taken a trip into the countryside. In front of the temple building, a traditional welcoming gate had been constructed for the Karmapa’s visit, and the path leading inside was lined with tall victory banners, colorful Tibetan flags, and over one hundred followers to welcome him.

The Karmapa walked the tree-line path slowly, stopping to greet people on his way. Once in the shrine room, he lit a butter lamp in front of an old Buddha statue on the main shrine and took his seat on the central throne. Joining him in the temple were Ringu Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Paris

2016.05.30
May 30, 2016 – Paris, France
After motoring from Zurich to Paris through the green hills of a gently rolling landscape, His Holiness arrived at the Champs Elysées for his first night in France. Lamas from centers all over Europe gave him a magnificent welcome with the music of jalings and a great golden umbrella above his head. Holding white scarves, hundreds of people greeted him with joy, with Ringu Tulku in the lead, followed by Lama Gyurme and the representative of the Tibetan people in France, Tsering Dondrup.

The Karmapa will be teaching at the Marriott Rive-gauche this coming Saturday, June 4, on the Four Noble Truths and meditation, and on Sunday, June 5, he will talk about happiness and compassion and also bestow the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara.
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Buddhism and the Environment: Being Content to Live With Less

2016.05.29
May 29, 2016 – Bulach, Switzerland
The Karmapa sat on stage in a comfortable armchair covered in red and gold brocade for this final session, held on his last afternoon in Switzerland.

He began by recollecting his own childhood in a remote area of Tibet, devoid of modern technology and other aspects of the contemporary world. Within this very traditional culture, the natural world was viewed as sacred and treated with great respect. People thought the mountains and other places were living systems and home to many deities. There was no plastic garbage and no need for rubbish bins as everything was organic and biodegradable. Consequently, when plastic wrappings finally arrived, the people would just throw them away because they were unaware that plastic did not biodegrade. Home life was simple. Everything they owned had a use in daily life Read the rest of this article