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Announcement Regarding the Official Website and Social Media Accounts of the Gyalwang Karmapa

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa has students, friends and supporters from all around the world. While His Holiness is able to instruct and meet a large number of people on his teaching tours around India and overseas, many students remain at a great distance.

In order to bridge this distance and make new connections, His Holiness and his staff use modern technologies like live webcasting, social media and an active website that displays news and photographs relating to the Karmapa’s schedule and activities.

Recently some supporters have set up their own social media pages on Facebook, Google+ as well as the blogging platform Blogger. The Kagyu Office appreciates the support and is sure that these actions are well-intentioned. However, such pages are beginning to cause confusion online as it is sometimes difficult to determine which is an “official account” and which is not.

As His Holiness is a leader to many people around the world, it is important that his statements and intentions are not confused. The Kagyu Office is delighted when students share teachings and news of the Karmapa, but we request that those using the Karmapa’s name to run their own accounts to kindly desist. Please make it clear that your social media page is not run by Karmapa himself or his Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Discusses Gender Equality and Effective Activism (Podcast Episode #003)

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Today we are delighted to bring you the third episode in our new Podcast series.

This selected talk comes from the Karmapa’s recent trip to the USA where he was invited to give a talk at the famous Princeton University.

The topic was gender equality and His Holiness spoke at length about his own role in this cause, and about how we can all be more effective activists by using patience and compassion. This wonderful lecture is an inspiring reminder about how each individual can make a difference to larger causes.

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The Gyalwang Karmapa Reaches Out to Displaced Children

2015.11.19
Tong-len Charitable Trust, Sarah, Dharamsala, India
November 19, 2015

On this brilliant and crisp autumn day, the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to be the chief guest at the 11th Thanksgiving Day of Tong-len Charitable Trust and also to inaugurate its new building. Situated on the forested ridge of a valley below Dharamsala, the Trust’s major project is to provide health care and education to the children of the nearby Charan slum camp. Tong-len (tong meaning “to give to others” and len, the empathy that wishes to alleviate their suffering) was started in 2004 by Lobsang Jamyang, a Tibetan monk who felt a special sympathy for the young children of the camp, who affectionately call him Guruji. He started out helping 10 children and now their number has grown to 250.

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The Gyalwang Karmapa Establishes Environmental Awards

2015.11.15
Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala, India
November 15, 2015

With the goal of setting a positive example themselves, monks and nuns have been discussing for three days the environmental projects they want to pursue during the next five years. They voted on which issues were most important to them and the results were tallied. On this last day, final reports were presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa in four broad areas: implementation, communication, coordination, and organizational structure. In his talk to the gathering, he addressed each one.

First the Karmapa thanked in depth the monks and nuns who have been working for Khoryug and developing projects that have benefitted their monasteries, nunneries, and surrounding communities. He then turned to the main issues of the conference. First he asked, when we speak of protecting the environment Read the rest of this article

Overcoming Negative Emotions in Daily Life (Podcast Episode #002)

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Today we are happy to bring you the second episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

This special teaching comes from Karmapa’s most recent trip to the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation.

The talk was organized by a vibrant local Dharma center (that had to hire a hall to accommodate all the members present!) where the lama requested that Karmapa teach on any topic that he liked. His Holiness determined that loving kindness and compassion would be a good topic and begun a beautiful impromptu talk about how to apply the Dharma to daily life and overcome Read the rest of this article