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Yale Arranges Private Sacred Music Concert for Karmapa

2015.04.08 Music(April 9, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) “Your presence here enriches the quality of our worship,” the Dean of Yale Divinity School, Gregory Sterling, told His Holiness the Karmapa as he welcomed him to the university’s Institute of Sacred Music (ISM). The Institute of Sacred Music arranged a private concert for the Karmapa, himself both a performer and a composer of sacred music in his own Buddhist tradition.

Exploring his interest in the music of other traditions is beginning to emerge as an additional theme of this university-centered trip, as His Holiness the Karmapa had operatic voice lessons in Redlands, heard a special arrangement of one of his own songs performed by a 26-person chorus and attended a spiritual open mic night at Princeton. On his last trip abroad to Germany, His Holiness had also Read the rest of this article

Karmapa’s Urban Activism: Planting Trees on the Streets of New Haven

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(April 8, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) His Holiness the 17th Karmapa put on gloves, hefted a shovel and planted trees on the streets of New Haven, lending his own efforts to the nation’s growing urban ecology movement. His Holiness this morning joined a group of men rebuilding their lives after serving prison sentences, sharing with them the task of bringing new life to the streets of the city. The activity formed part of Yale’s Urban Resources Initiative (URI), which employs ex-convicts and urban teenagers to work on environmental projects across the city. As such, the program supports two major aims dear to His Holiness the Karmapa: environmental protection and social justice.

In his talks to university students across America, the Karmapa has been advocating greater awareness of our deep connectedness to one another and to Read the rest of this article

Connecticut Tibetans Receive Blessings, Encouragement from Karmapa

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(April 8, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) As he has been doing all across the country, His Holiness the Karmapa met today with the Tibetan community from Connecticut, which turned out in great numbers to see him and to listen to his warm words of encouragement. Some 375 Tibetans filled the Victorian Gothic chapel at Yale, and were welcomed there by the university’s chaplain, Sharon Kugler. After a brief speech by Namlha, the president of the Tibetan Association of Connecticut, His Holiness the Karmapa spoke from the heart to his fellow Tibetans.

“As Tibetans,” he said, “we are all joined in sorrows and joys. Our situation is difficult, in some ways even desperate, and so it is important for us to come together, encourage one another and express the affection and love that we feel for one another.”

Echoing a theme he had touched on in earlier meetings with Tibetans living in America, the Gyalwang Karmapa noted how often Tibetans had come to take Read the rest of this article

Yale Awards Karmapa its Prestigious Chubb Fellowship

2015.04.07 chubb 2(April 7 & 8, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was awarded a Chubb Fellowship, the highly prestigious Yale fellowship devoted to encouraging an interest in public service. Past recipients include such luminaries as Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Octavio Paz and Wendell Berry, as well as several former presidents of the United States and Nobel Prize winners.

Most often conferred upon political and social leaders, the Chubb Fellowship was awarded to His Holiness in recognition of his role as a global leader on environmental issues. During his Chubb address, His Holiness the Karmapa spoke of the role that religious leaders can play in prompting the changes in attitude and behavior that are needed to bring about change in our environmental practices.

In line with the aim of Read the rest of this article

Speaking on Environment, His Holiness Delivers Prestigious Chubb Lecture

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(April 7, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) On his second day at Yale, the Karmapa delivered the Chubb Fellowship Lecture, entitled, “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.” This prestigious lecture was given in Woolsey Hall, an elegant space filled with the 2,500 people fortunate to have tickets. The front of the hall was filled with soaring organ pipes while two large screens flanked the Karmapa’s chair, set before a wide backdrop of indigo blue.

The Karmapa was first warmly welcomed by Jeffrey Brenzel, who is the master of Yale’s Timothy Dwight College, the official steward of the Chubb Fellowship. He listed the other sponsors of the Karmapa’s visit, which reflect the richness and diversity of Yale’s approach to the environment and its preservation: Yale Himalaya Initiative, the Forum on Religion and Ecology, the Department of Religious Studies, the Read the rest of this article