May 27, 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland
This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa met with 118 representatives of the many organizations in Switzerland connected to the Tibetans. The list of both NGOs and governmental groups attests to the deep connections the Tibetans have created in Switzerland and the structures of support they have established to sustain the Tibetans living here. Organized by the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Lichtenstein, the gathering included people from its three sections (the Tibet School, the newsletter plus website, and folklore) as well as Khen Rinpoche and the monks from Tibet Institute Rikon, acting and retired government representatives, the Read the rest of this article
Sixteen to Twenty-Five, What Do They Think? The Gyalwang Karmapa Meets with the Younger Generation of Tibetans in Switzerland
May 27, 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland
Today the Gyalwang Karmapa met with more than sixty young Tibetans living in Switzerland, many of whom were born here. Most of the young women were dressed in their best chupas and some of the young men wore the traditional male outfit of white shirts and a knee-length chupa.
After speaking of the relation between Switzerland and the Tibetans and his long-held wish to come here, the Karmapa wondered I he actually belonged to the younger generation. He mentioned that he has a sister whom many people think is younger than he, but actually she is older. “People see me as being old,” he said, “which may come from the fact that so many Read the rest of this article
May 25, 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland
Bringing to a close a day of travel outside Zurich, the Karmapa returned to visit the headquarters of ROKPA, which means “help” or “assistance” in Tibetan. Its purpose is to aid people in remote areas of the world, where it participates in more than 100 projects to provide food, health care, and education. Founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Lea Wyler, and Dr. Veit Wyler in 1980, ROKPA has offices in seventeen countries, from Asia through Europe to Africa, while much of its work takes place in the Tibetan areas of China and Nepal.
On this sunny afternoon, the Karmapa climbed the stairs into the elegant building on Boeklinstrasse and was escorted to the main office with its broad antique desk. As he was invited to take a seat there, he joked, “Uh-Oh, now I’m the Read the rest of this article
May 26, 2106 -Zurich, Switzerland
The Karmapa began this day of a dance performance and audiences by meeting with a group of over ninety Tibetan Kagyu practitioners. He gave them the transmission of Guru Rinpoche’s mantra and that of Avalokiteshvara, the two yidam deities with whom he is most closely associated. After he was offered the supports of body, speech, and mind, and supplicated to live a very long life, the Karmapa gave the group his heartfelt thanks for all the tireless work they did to organize his visit.
The second group to offer their white scarves was students from the University of Zurich. Tashi Dolma, the president of this Students’ Working Group for Tibet, explained that the association of some thirty students had initially started in the 1980s, but had lapsed until last March when they decided to revive it. She said that Read the rest of this article
May 25, 2016 -Rikon, Switzerland
On the way to the Tibetan Institute in Rikon, the Karmapa stopped to have lunch at Junger Farm where he found a familiar sight: two yaks grazing on the hillside. He could also hear the familiar sound of a conch shell but this time playing in fusion with the Swiss Alpenhorn. In this idyllic setting of flowers and rolling hills, many Tibetans came to greet the Karmapa.
After lunch he continue through the gently rolling landscape, to the Tibet Institute, located on a hillside and surrounded by forest. A large group of Tibetans were waiting to meet the Karmapa, sitting in a cascade down the slope. The temple was constructed in a modern style with floor to ceiling windows and light streaming in. The central figure on the shrine was a statue of the Buddha, and in front a tiered table was filled with offerings, topped Read the rest of this article