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Joint Press Release by Tara Mandala and Karmapa Office of Administration

26th October – Dorzong Monastery, Dharamsala.

His Holiness the Karmapa initiates a historic transmission, mainly for female practitioners
(26 October, 2012, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh) In an unprecedented three-day event, His Holiness the 17thKarmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is granting initiation and teachings on Chöd. A spiritual practice developed by Machig Labdron, a Tibetan yogini in the 11th century, Chöd is practiced by nearly all sects of Tibetan Buddhism to this day. Approximately 1,000 people from across the Himalayan region and around the world are here to attend this historic Dharma transmission, which is being conferred for the first time by His Holiness in response to a supplication made by a western Buddhist woman, Lama Tsultrim Allione, on behalf of all women practitioners. Lama Tsultrim was ordained in 1970 as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, and later pursued the path as a lay practitioner.
The teachings and empowerment are taking place through 28 October and hosted at Dorzong Monastic Institute (Jangchub Jong) in Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, by His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche, a highly respected senior lineage holder within the Drugpa Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Graces TCV’S 52nd Founding Anniversary

23rd October – TCV, Dharamsala.

The Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School today marked its 52nd anniversary that was presided over as the Chief Guest by the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee.

“Taking this opportunity, I would like to request the students not to waste their precious youth and concentrate their time on education,” His Holiness said while expressing that it is also important to impart traditional as well as modern education.

Ngawang Phelgye, the Chief Justice Commissioner of the exiled Tibetan Justice Commission; Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile; Read more

Exile Filmmakers Must Remember Situation in Tibet, Says Gyalwang Karmapa

16th October – Norbulingka, Dharamsala.

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje reminded exile film enthusiasts of the situation in Tibet and the Tibetans who have risked everything in communicating Tibet’s desperate situation to the outside world through visuals.

Gyalwang Karmapa was speaking at a benefit event held yesterday for the upcoming fourth ‘Tibet Film Festival’ at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala.

Organised by the Swiss-based Filming for Tibet, the Festival is dedicated to imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was detained shortly after completing filming on his documentary film ‘Leaving Fear Behind’.

The Festival, which will be held simultaneously in Dharamshala from October 27 to 28 and in Zurich from October 26 to 27 with a similar programme, also aims to support and give platform to young Tibetan filmmakers.

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Tenshug Offering to His Holiness The Dalai Lama

28th September – Tsuglakhang, Dharamsala.

This morning, the Central Tibetan Administration, on behalf of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, offered a tenshug (long-life prayer offering) to the Dalai Lama.

The heads of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism including the Bon tradition gathered together in the main temple to unanimously offer the tenshug. The four-hour-long prayer was led by the Sakya Trizin; he was supported by the Gyalwang Karmapa and Drikung Kyabgon representing Kagyu, the Gaden Tripa representing Gelug, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche representing the Nyingma and Menri Trizin representing Bon.

This tenshug was organized at the end of the Second Special Meeting of Tibetans (September 25-28) which had been called by the Kashag and Tibetan Parliament in Exile in order to hold extensive discussions on campaign ideas and plans for action by exile Tibetans in light of the critical situation inside Tibet.

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An Interview with Tibet’s Third Holiest Man – The 17th Karmapa by Saransh Sehgal

13th September – Gyuto, Dharamsala.

The Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and revered as the Tibet’s third highest lama. The Karmapa means “the one who carries out Buddha activity” and like the 14th Dalai Lama, the 27-year-old the 17th Karmapa too fled his homeland Tibet for religious and other freedoms and now lives in the Indian Himalayan town of Dharamsala also known as the de facto capital of Tibetan exiles which has come an epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism and politics far away from their homeland Tibet.

His dramatic escape from Tibet in 1999 made him a hero to exiled Tibetans and caught world attention fooling the Chinese government; he pretended to go into seclusion but instead slipped out with a handful of helpers. He was just 14, but the Tibetan movement straightway saw in him a young and a charismatic leader who balances his spirituality much with today’s modernity.

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