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5th Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection Begins

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8 November 2013 – India International Centre, New Delhi

Today the Gyalwang Karmapa launched the 5th Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in the Himalayas.

Khoryug, which means ‘environment’ in Tibetan, is a network of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries working under the guidance of the Gyalwang Karmapa, and in association with the World Wildlife Fund Sacred Earth program, to protect the fragile Himalayan environment.

Around 60 monks and nuns representing 50 Himalayan monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan are participating in the five-day Khoryug Conference at the India International Centre, with theme of ‘Conservation of Freshwater Resources in the Himalayas.’ Throughout the week the monastics will be educated on all the various aspects of water systems and their preservation, ready to return as environmental leaders to their respective communities.

On his arrival at the conference the Gyalwang Karmapa first lit the customary lamp, and then Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Launches Major New Book on Tibet

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6 November 2013 – Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi

Speaking at the launch of a major new book titled ‘Tibet: Perspectives and Prospects’, edited by Prabhat P. Shukla, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke of the profound and important relationship between the Tibetan and Indian nations.

“Because Tibetan dharma and Tibetan culture both come from India, it is important for us as Tibetans to appreciate what we have received from India and our tremendous and long-standing debt, both spiritual and cultural, to this country,” he said. “It is important for us to recognize that as Tibetans partaking of Tibetan dharma and culture, we are in a sense the children of India—that India is the mother of Tibetan culture and dharma.”

“The relationship between India and Tibet is not recent, and it is not temporary. It is a very profound relationship, more than one thousand years old. It is not merely political, it is not expedient, and it is not merely economic. It is the deepest possible Read the rest of this article

Teaching the Path to Enlightenment at the Habitat Centre

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1-2 November 2013 – Habitat Centre, New Delhi

At the invitation of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on 1 November 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa began two-day teachings at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The Gyalwang Karmapa offers these teachings annually to a small group of students, comprised mostly of his local Indian devotees. Teaching this year on Je Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim text ‘The Three Principal Aspects of the Path,’ he guided those gathered through the essential aspects of the Mahayana path to enlightenment – renunciation, bodhicitta, and wisdom.

With almost 300 people in attendance at the Silver Oak room, many of whom were seated on soft cushions at the Gyalwang Karmapa’s feet, the close and intimate atmosphere of the teachings resembled a gathering of family and friends. Registration to attend was booked out weeks in advance with a long wait-list, so this year the teachings were also broadcast live via webcast. Over 1300 viewers from across the world tuned into the live webcast, Read the rest of this article

Anniversary Celebrations at the Tibetan Children’s Village

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23 October 2013 – Upper TCV, Dharamsala

Marking the 53rd Anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Upper Dharamsala, today the Gyalwang Karmapa was guest of honor at a day of public celebrations. The school educates and raises young Tibetan refugee children, many with parents and families remaining in Tibet, and is currently home to around 2000 students and staff.

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived around 9am, escorted by the school’s marching band, and took his seat on the balcony overlooking the outdoor arena. Shortly afterwards he was joined by Dr Lobsang Sangye, the Sikyong or Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-In-Exile, while several thousand people filled the seats below.

Throughout the morning the Gyalwang Karmapa watched with enjoyment as the students offered a range of performances. The program began with a march-past of the entire student body, followed by the Tibetan and Indian national anthems and a minute’s silence in respect for those who have lost their Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Condolences at the Tragic Passing Away of Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

8th Oct, 2013 New Delhi.

Akong Tulku had been my friend from the time I was seven. A social activist, he showed great kindness to Tibet by founding schools and hospitals, printing old texts, and helping many people. Thus I am shocked to hear that he, along with two others, has been taken from us so suddenly. I would like to offer my condolences to his family members, everyone at Samye Ling Monastery, the Rokpa Foundation, and all the persons involved in his projects in Tibet as well as to all of the students whose lives he touched. I hope that all of his visions and aspirations may continue to be fulfilled. Read the rest of this article