(April 8, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) His Holiness the 17th Karmapa put on gloves, hefted a shovel and planted trees on the streets of New Haven, lending his own efforts to the nation’s growing urban ecology movement. His Holiness this morning joined a group of men rebuilding their lives after serving prison sentences, sharing with them the task of bringing new life to the streets of the city. The activity formed part of Yale’s Urban Resources Initiative (URI), which employs ex-convicts and urban teenagers to work on environmental projects across the city. As such, the program supports two major aims dear to His Holiness the Karmapa: environmental Read the rest of this article
(April 8, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) As he has been doing all across the country, His Holiness the Karmapa met today with the Tibetan community from Connecticut, which turned out in great numbers to see him and to listen to his warm words of encouragement. Some 375 Tibetans filled the Victorian Gothic chapel at Yale, and were welcomed there by the university’s chaplain, Sharon Kugler. After a brief speech by Namlha, the president of the Tibetan Association of Connecticut, His Holiness the Karmapa spoke from the heart to his fellow Tibetans.
“As Tibetans,” he said, “we are all joined in sorrows and joys. Our situation is difficult, in some ways even desperate, and so it is important for us to come together, encourage one another and express the affection and love that we feel for one Read the rest of this article
(April 7 & 8, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was awarded a Chubb Fellowship, the highly prestigious Yale fellowship devoted to encouraging an interest in public service. Past recipients include such luminaries as Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Octavio Paz and Wendell Berry, as well as several former presidents of the United States and Nobel Prize winners.
Most often conferred upon political and social leaders, the Chubb Fellowship was awarded to His Holiness in recognition of his role as a global leader on environmental issues. During his Chubb address, His Holiness Read the rest of this article
(April 7, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) On his second day at Yale, the Karmapa delivered the Chubb Fellowship Lecture, entitled, “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.” This prestigious lecture was given in Woolsey Hall, an elegant space filled with the 2,500 people fortunate to have tickets. The front of the hall was filled with soaring organ pipes while two large screens flanked the Karmapa’s chair, set before a wide backdrop of indigo blue.
The Karmapa was first warmly welcomed by Jeffrey Brenzel, who is the master of Yale’s Timothy Dwight College, the official steward of the Chubb Fellowship. He listed the other sponsors of the Karmapa’s visit, which reflect the richness and diversity of Yale’s approach to the environment and its preservation: Yale Read the rest of this article
(April 7, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) In advance of his afternoon Chubb Fellowship Lecture, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, spent the first part of the day touring Yale’s historic campus and meeting with students engaged in environmental projects.
His Holiness the Karmapa began the walking tour by entering through Phelps Gate, the grand entrance to Yale’s Old Campus where all incoming students reside for their first year at university. He paused at the base of the iconic statue of Theodore Dwight Woolsey, Yale’s president in the 19th century and founder of the university’s School of Fine Arts. The raised foot of the statue was burnished from centuries of students touching it for good luck, and His Holiness stretched out his hand, adding his touch to that of successive generations seeking to Read the rest of this article