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New Appointment of Staff in Tsurphu Labrang Administration

April 19, 2010

Today at 5.30 AM, 19th April, 2010, H.H. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa added few more staff members to the Office of His Administration. The appointment was done traditionally by performing special prayers in the presence of His Holiness himself and by giving blessings individually in the form of offering scarfs and protection strings to each recipiant after completing the oath taking ceremony. His Holiness appointed the new members with the following assignments:

1. Garwang: Coordinator (Support Letter & Reincarnation Matters)
2. Karma Tsultrim Tharchin: Asst. Coordinator (Support Letter & Reincarnation Matters)
3. Woser Rabten: Coordinator (Monastery and Dharma Center Matters)
4. Longtok Tenzin: Assistant to Eng. Secretary, and Information & Communications Director
5. Sonam Paljor: Chanting Master, Rumtek; Dharma Chakra Center, Sikkim

The appointment ceremony was witnessed by other office bearers, senior lamas, and His Holiness’s sister, Ngodup Palzom.

Special scented rice and tea were Read the rest of this article

An Appeal from The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

April 17, 2010

An Appeal from the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

The large earthquake in Yushu County, Xinghai Province, has caused great loss of life and injured many people. To date the death toll has risen above 1000 and the number of those severely injured has also risen above 1000. In total, more than 10,000 people have been injured.

When I heard this tragic news, I was very saddened at the loss, and began immediately to offer prayers for those who have been affected by this incident, both those who have lost their lives and the survivors. May those who have died be freed from the bardo state of terror and suffering of such an unexpected death, and be reborn in the pure lands or a higher realm. May the survivors who have undergone the suffering of loss of relatives and friends and the trauma of losing their homes be comforted and find relief. May they receive the Read the rest of this article

Message from Gyalwang Karmapa in Response to Devastating Earthquake Striking the Region of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]

April 14, 2010

I was extremely saddened to hear of the catastrophic loss of human life and the severe destruction caused by the recent earthquake in the region of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]. I am now leading a group of Kagyü monasteries in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and other areas in prayers and virtuous activities dedicated to the deceased, so that their fears of the transitions between life and death may be eased. Through traditional offerings of respect, I have also formally requested the prayers of great masters from the various Tibetan spiritual lineages.

I am holding the survivors of this tragedy in my thoughts as well, and I hope that aid quickly reaches them. By bearing witness to the harshness of cyclic existence and allowing this to broaden our hearts and minds, may we all be able to extend our effort in meaningful ways, for the sake of both the living and the dead. I offer my deeply heartfelt aspiration Read the rest of this article