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Gyalwang Karmapa on Protection of Wildlife and Waste Conservation

Conference on Environmental Protection – Day 4 – October 6, 2009 – Dharamsala

The morning began with a question and answer session.

 

Waste Management

The main topic for the morning was waste management.  Dr Anjan Kumar Kalia (Him Renewable Energy Consultants) gave a clear and comprehensive presentation on waste management. He first explained the different types of waste and highlighted that although waste could be a problem it was also a wealth.

His then focused on vermi-composting which used kitchen waste,    and bio-gas, which is produced from animal and human waste.  The session concluded with questions from the audience.

 

The overall theme for the afternoon was Wildlife Protection

The Science of Conservation

Dekil Chungyalpa began the session and talked about bio-diversity, and Gyalwang Karmapa translated into Tibetan. She explained how the term biodiversity refers to species, gene pool, ecosystem and ecological  processes.

Human activity has had a devastating effect.  Scientific evidence shows that, as modern human beings spread across the globe, many species became extinct. In the past it was due to hunting, Read the rest of this article

Forestry Conservation Preservation by World Wildlife Fund of India

Environmental Conference Day Three: Monday 5th October, 2009 

Forest Conservation

Sanjeep Pradhan, from World Wildlife Fund India, gave a lively presentation on forestry conservation.

He began by explaining the importance of forests and plants and the critical role they play in supporting not just human life but a vast biodiversity and controlling levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen. However, forests were under threat and already rising temperatures globally showed the devastating effect of this. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Explains Scientific View of Cosmology

Environmental Conference Day Two: Sunday 4th October, 2009

The Morning Session

Gyalwang Karmapa on the Universe, Ecology and Buddhism

Many of the monastic representatives have not had the chance to study modern science so Gyalwang Karmapa began by giving a slide-show presentation of scientific cosmology in which he demonstrated the vastness of the universe and the minuteness of earth and the solar system within it.

Using earth as his starting point, he illustrated its position as the very small planet, third from the sun, comparing its size with Jupiter (1114 times bigger) and the sun (900 times bigger than Jupiter). From that he moved to the solar system’s place in the Milky Way galaxy, explaining the need to use  light years  to measure vast distances, and, then, finally, he described the universe, and demonstrated how even something as vast as our galaxy (100, 000 light years across) was minute when compared with the universe itself.  Read the rest of this article

Second Environmental Conference Opens

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa opened the Second Conference on Environmental Protection on October 3rd, 2009. The first conference on environmental protection had been held in March 2009, and at that time representatives from 22 Kagyu monasteries and nunneries gathered from all over the Indian subcontinent -  India, Nepal and Bhutan. At the second conference,   the number of monasteries and nunneries represented has now grown to 33. The representatives began arriving early in the large hall where the conference is being held. At the front, above the Gyalwang Karmapa’s chair, hung a large green banner proclaiming The Second Conference on Environmental Protection for Kagyu Monasteries and Centers.

Conference Reports from Tashi Paljor, Kagyu Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day One: Saturday 3rd October, 2009

The Morning Session

Welcome Ceremony

The Welcome Ceremony began promptly at Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to Gyuto

September 24, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa has returned to Gyuto, after successfully completing the Delhi leg of his tour. His Holiness has reached Dharamsala via road from Delhi and will resume his daily activities in Gyuto. Read the rest of this article