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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

Gyalwang Karmapa Prays for The Tibetans who Self-Immolated

October 19,2011- Dharamsala.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined a call for a day-long hunger fast and prayer service by the Kashag (cabinet).

The Dalai Lama, along with Gyalwang Karmapa and Kirti Rinpoche led an elaborate prayer service at Tsug-la Khang, the main temple in Dharamshala in solidarity with “Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet and particularly those who self-immolated, their families and those suffering repression in Tibet”.

Monks and nuns, school students, local Tibetans and supporters, and the entire staff of the Central Tibetan Administration led by Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay were in attendance. Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Prayers for those Affected by Recent Disasters

November 1,2011- Vajra Vidhya Varanasi.

His Holiness Karmapa went to the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath to pay his respects to the place where the Buddha first taught, and to offer prayers there for the removal of the obstacles of natural disasters: the floods, earthquakes. He also prayed for the health of Tenga Rinpoche and Bayo Rinpoche, and for the Tibetan cause, in particular regarding the monks and a nun who have died recently through self immolation.

He also visited other shrines in the area, including the Sri Lankan temple, the Mulugund Koti Vihara, and fed to the many young deer in the Deer Park.

Then he led the sangha, many from Vajra Vidhya Institute, in the Samantabdhra Puja and the Sixteen Arhats Puja which lasted for few hours. Flowers adorned His Holiness’s throne on the east lawn of the Damekh stupa. Under the golden umbrella, Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Attends the 11th Religious Summit

September 23,2011- Dharamsala.

The Gyalwang Karmapa attended the morning session of the second day of the 11th bi-annual conference of religious leaders and representatives of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon religion, held in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.

In the morning, the Gyalwang Karmapa along with the other delegates gathered at the main Tsuklagkhang temple for a one-hour prayer session led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All the members of the Central Tibetan Administration also attended the prayer session. Afterwards, the religious leaders, CTA departmental heads, Kalons and the Speaker of the Assembly adjourned to the Surya hotel for the conference, which was attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke on several topics, including the importance of religious harmony, the transfer of political Read the rest of this article