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His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa is Conferred the India Splendor Award 2009 for His “Contribution to World Peace”

April 6, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa joined by eminent religious leaders from various religious faiths for conference on Sunday at the Dhukhor temple, Tsuklakhang .

The Gyalwang Karmapa was conferred with the India Splendor Award 2009 for his contributions to World Peace.

The second conference on ‘the Indian view for global peace’ is themed “Reciprocity: Base for universal Interconnectedness”.

The conference was participated among others by His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj of Bhanpura Peeth, His Holiness Chidanand Saraswati, Jain Muni Acharya Sri Roopchandra ji, Rev. D S Uchida and His Holiness Swami Parmanand Saraswati.

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi of India Splendor, which is organizing the event, presided over the conference. Dr. Modi, an Indian industrialist, is also one of the patrons of Mahabodhi Society of India.

Dr Modi, on behalf of the peace conference, appealed the Dalai Lama to accept the Indian citizenship and to help lead the global movement for peace from India.

The event is sponsored by Purna Holistic Center, Indian Council of Religious Leaders, Mahabodhi Society of India, Sri Jwalamukhi Mandir Trust, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vaish Federation, Read the rest of this article

Commemorating 50 Years of Exile

March 31, 2009 – Dharamsala

Tibetans celebrated an official function in Dharamsala, to mark the occasion called “Thank you India”.

The functions are part of a series of events being organized by Tibetan exiles to commemorate their 50 year’s in exile and to reaffirm commitment in their struggle for freedom.

In Dharamsala, the function showcasing Tibetan cultural songs and dances by school children was attended by senior officials from the Tibet’s government-in exile and representatives from the Indian community.

At the request of Tibetan Welfare Office, His Holiness Karmapa chaired the function and presented souvenir to the Chief Guest of the event Mr Kishan Kapoor, transport minister, the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

His Holiness Karmapa looks on as the Chief Guest Kishan Kapo speaks at a “Thank You India” function in Dharamsala, Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Speaks at a Lecture Event on ‘World Peace and Youth’

March 29, 2009 – IIC, New Delhi

His Holiness expressed his deep gratitude to the Indian government and the people of India for providing refuge to the Tibetans for fifty years and said that the Tibetans owe a great deal to India for being able to preserve the rich Tibetan culture and practice one’s own religion in India. The popularity of Tibetan Buddhism in the world, he said, was largely because of its strong base in India. Read more

His Holiness Presides Over Säng Puja

March 25, 2009 – Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.

This day is the 29th day and the “Earth-Water coincidence” according to Tibetan Lunar calendar. The Säng Duë Tse Trin Phung puja is usually practiced during the right conditions, such as this day, to spread lasting peace. His Holiness presided over the Säng puja at 7 am where Kyabje Khenchen Yongzin Thrangu Rinpoche and all the participants of the Environmental Protection Conference were present. The members of Kagyu Committee also attended the Säng puja. Read more

Teachings on Milarepa’s Correctly Expressing the Middle Way

March 22 – 23, 2009 – Sarnath

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa offered teachings on Milarepa’s Correctly Expressing the Middle Way, at the request of the Kagyu Relief and Protection Committee of the Central University for Tibetan Studies, in Sarnath. Along with the members of the Kagyu committee, the teachings were attended by students and teachers from the Central University for Higher Tibetan Studies from other lineages as well.

His Holiness began the first day with a presentation of the history of the Kagyu lineages, emphasizing their interconnectedness. His Holiness pointed out that all that is left of many of these once thriving lineages are ruins in Tibet, and expressed his ongoing concern to establish vibrant monasteries in India and elsewhere, to ensure the availability of the teachings in the future.

Building on the introduction to Mahamudra according to the sutra path, His Holiness had conferred, at the Vajra Vidya Institute the previous week, the Mahamudra view in the context of the tantric path. His Holiness delineated the differences in the contexts and purposes served by the Middle Way view and the Other-Empty view of Read the rest of this article