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Message from The Gyalwang Karmapa Concerning the Recent Earthquake

Nepal condolence with letter head
Today, in the morning of the 25th of April, in Nepal, the land where Lord Buddha was born, there occurred a devastating earthquake. Many thousands of people have been killed or injured, and historic buildings and private homes have been turned into ruins. As soon as I learned of this painful and distressing situation, I made my deepest aspiration prayers and dedications for all the people affected, and continue to do so. Especially at times when we are faced with such a desperate situation, we cannot sit idle, unfeelingly. We must join forces and carry the burden of sorrow together. It is important that each one of us light the lamp of courage. Additionally, it is important that each of the Karma Kagyu monasteries in Nepal, while looking after their own pressing needs for immediate protection, also extend any and all aid and protection they can to the public in their surrounding communities. From my own side, I will make every effort to come personally in the near future to offer my Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Leads Prayers for Tsewang Norbu

August 21, 2011 – Dharamsala, Gyuto

His Holiness Karmapa led a prayer session for Tsewang Norbu, the 29-year old monk who set himself ablaze protesting China’s rule over Tibet Monday last.

Observing the Buddhist ritual of ‘Duntsik’ (weekly prayers), local Tibetans led by monks and nuns earlier today performed the first Duntsik prayers for Tsewang Norbu at Tsug-la Khang, the main temple. The mass prayer session was organised by 11 Dharamshala based organisations.

The prayer session at Gyuto Monastery was held at the behest of the monks of the monastery. Read the rest of this article

His Holiness the Karmapa Speaks on Compassion and the Nature of Mind on the Eve of His Departure to India

July 29, 2011 – Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC

His Holiness the Karmapa’s last public talk of His second overseas trip was held in Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City, on July 29. The admission tickets were taken up quickly on opening day of the online ticket sale. On the day of the talk, many arrived at the lecture hall two hours early, intending to find a good seat in their designated area. Some arrived without a ticket, hoping to be lucky enough to attend the talk at the last minute. An article in that day’s New York Times, “A Young Tibetan Lama Prepares for a Greater Role,” no doubt stimulated interest in the talk among the public.

Before 7:00 p.m., the seven hundred seats of the two-story lecture hall were filled completely. There were also about two thousand and five hundred viewers on the live webcast, waiting eagerly for this concluding talk of His Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches at His North American Seat

July 18, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

Early in the morning, shuttle buses discharged a steady stream of people, arriving from all directions to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa at his North American seat. By 10 am, an estimated 800 people were joyfully awaiting His Holiness’ arrival under a vast white tent that filled the space between KTD’s shrine hall and its residential wing.

During this historic second visit to KTD, His Holiness began by expressing his delight at being able to visit and meet with the larger KTD community once again. He noted the tremendous progress that had been made in recent years towards fulfilling the vast vision that His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa had had in founding the monastic seat. Since he bears the name of the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness said he would like to offer his heartfelt thanks and rejoice in the efforts of all involved.

The Gyalwang Karmapa cautioned Read the rest of this article