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Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches American Students as Part of College Course on Sustainable Compassion

May 3-22, 2011. Gyuto

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa yesterday concluded a three-week series of teachings to a group of students from the University of Redlands in California, USA.  The 16 students had travelled to India to study with His Holiness as part of a unique college course called: Sustainable Compassion: Conversations with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. The aim of the course was to allow the American students, nearly all non-Buddhists, to hear from His Holiness “what Buddhism can offer the global community,” according to the teacher leading the group, Professor Karen Derris, PhD (Harvard University).

Over the course of several months prior to their arrival in India for the classes with His Holiness, the students worked with their professor and a group facilitator to develop a list of ten topics that reflected their concerns for the world and for their own lives. Though Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Karmapa Visits Nagpur and Mumbai

May 13, 2011. Nagpur

His Holiness gave teachings on “Harmony, Ethics and Power” to the Buddhist devotees of Nagpur who has specially gathered here for this occasion. People’s Democratic Movement of Nagpur organized the teaching. His Holiness inaugurated Dr. Ambedkar’s statue before arriving at the teaching venue. Read more

His Holiness Karmapa Visits Ladakh

April 24, 2011. Leh, Ladakh

DAY 1, 24TH APRIL

Upon arrival in Leh, Ladakh, His Holiness was welcomed with a traditional Buddhist reception. He was greeted by thousands of cheering people who had gathered in the airport and along the road all the way to the Jhokhang, the main temple of Leh city which houses the statue of Jho Rinpoche. Auspicious mandala offerings were made to him there and refreshments were served to everyone gathered.  After a brief prayer session, His Holiness then visited a photograph exhibit detailing the flood catastrophe of August 6, 2010, where hundreds of lives were lost.

In the afternoon, he had a private meeting with the Vice President of the Ladakh Gompa Association, President of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, and the Ladakh Buddhist Association Youth Wing. They reported to him the source, event and Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Teaches on “The Middling Stages of Meditation”

April 22-23, 2011. India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The event was hosted by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, a not for profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organization established with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness in 1989.  Gyalwang Karmapa taught for three sessions exploring themes from Acharya Kamalashila’s text “The Middling Stages of Meditation”, and answering general questions from the audience.

There are certain fundamental themes in Buddhism, stated Gyalwang Karmapa, in his  general introduction. These include the view of cause and effect and dependent origination, which form   the basis of the Buddhist teachings;  samsara, the cycle of existence,  which is the cause of suffering, and the path of cessation  by which one can achieve the causes for liberation or nirvana. Common to all Read the rest of this article

Himachal Drukpa Kagyu Organise Special Long Life Offering for Gyalwang Karmapa

Saturday 9th April, 2011 – Gyuto

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of Gyalwang Karmapa’s followers from the Drukpa Kagyu tradition travelled especially from different parts of Himachal Pradesh to join together in offering a Drukpa Kagyu Tenshug for His Holiness in the main shrine room of Gyuto Ramoche Monastery.

Many travelled for hours in order to reach Gyuto; some, from the remote regions of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, had even travelled for days. From early in the morning, the courtyard below the temple began to fill with their cars, jeeps, motorcycles and hired buses.

His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche from Khampa Gar Monastery, Tashi Jong Tibetan refugee settlement, led this special Drukpa Kagyu Tenshug. Many other leading Rinpoches and community leaders from the Himalayan region supported him.  Those who attended included His Eminence Chogon Rinpoche, His Read the rest of this article