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Gyalwang Karmapa Writes for Scientific Journal, Outlining Vision of “Environmental Buddhism”

November 18, 2011

Conservation Biology, the most influential scientific journal in its field, has invited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to contribute an article outlining his vision of “Environmental Buddhism.” Entitled “Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness,” the article explores His Holiness’ personal reasons for becoming an environmentalist, offers a masterful explanation of the overlap between Buddhist philosophy and environmental ideology, and ends with a call to action to protect the environment.

“As I grew up and began studying Buddhist philosophy and teachings,” His Holiness explained, “I discovered great harmony between Buddhism and the environmental movement. The emphasis on biological diversity, including ecosystems—in particular, the understanding that Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on Compassion

October 27,2011- Tergar Monastery Bodhgaya.

This morning His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a teaching on Compassion in the main shrine hall of Tergar Monastery at the request of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, here on pilgrimages with some 150 students from all over the world.

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s translator acted as translator.

The veranda around Tergar gompa was filled with happy dharma practitioners, representative of many western countries, in anticipation of the teaching on this sunny morning. They slowly filed into the beautiful gompa and settled themselves into the peaceful silence.

His Holiness opened the teaching by playfully complaining that although this was meant to be a “secret holiday” in Bodh Gaya, he was now being given “lots of jobs to Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Pays Homage at Mahabodhi Stupa

October 25,2011- Bodhgaya.

The Gyalwang Karmapa left in the morning with a small entourage to pay homage at the central shrine of Buddhism, the Mahabodhi Temple, home to the Bodhi tree and other sites linked with the time when Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment.

The Gyalwang Karmapa was welcomed by the Head Monk-in-Charge of the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee. His Holiness was escorted in procession through the Mahabodhi Stupa Ground and went directly to the main shrine room. Having prostrated three times, he presented traditional offerings of light, fruit, flowers, a donation and a new golden silk robe for the Buddha image, and recited prayers.

Leaving the shrine room, Gyalwang Karmapa walked around to the area behind the temple, under the Bodhi tree, he prostrated three times and returned back to Tergar Monastery.

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Gyalwang Karmapa Addresses the Mind and Life Conference

October 20,2011- Dharamsala.

His Holiness Karmapa attended the 23rd Mind and Life conference from October 17-20.

After tea-break on Thursday afternoon, the Gyalwang Karmapa gave a short address to the conference. He began by explaining the motivating factors in the development of his own concern and action for environmental protection. He spoke of two things which had influenced him deeply. First, he attended an environmental conference which transformed his view of everyday things such as water and trees, parts of the natural landscape, which are often naively regarded as separate and outside ourselves. He realised how much they are intimately connected with our survival and well-being on earth.

Secondly, born and raised in a nomad family in an isolated region of Tibet, as a child his Read the rest of this article