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Gyalwang Karmapa Gives White Tara Empowerment at Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School SUJA

July 17 to 19, 2009 – TCV, Suja

His Holiness Karmapa gave a White Tara Long life empowerment this morning (July 18th) at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School in Suja. Large assemblies of students, from TCV Suja, Gopalpur, Chauntara; people from the nearby Tibetan settlements of Bir and Chauntara; and monastic people, attended the long life empowerment. The TCV School in Suja had requested the empowerment.

His Holiness arrived at the school around 3:30pm yesterday (July 17). All the students and staff of the school offered a warm welcome for His Holiness’ three day visit.

TCV Suja School is a branch of TCV Dharamsala. Suja School is located near to the Tibetan Settlement of Bir, which is 62 Kilometers from Gyuto. The school was established for new arrivals from Tibet. There are approximately 1800 students currently studying at TCV Suja; their levels of education ranging from pre-school up to the 10th grade. Most of the students have only been in India for three years, since the time they left Tibet.

In conclusion to the empowerment, His Holiness gave a short talk to the students, and to the public, about education and the future of Tibet.

On July 19th, His Holiness visited each classroom during the morning session and, in some classes, Read the rest of this article

Commemorating the 74th Birth Anniversary of His Holiness Dalai Lama

July 6th, 2009 – Dharamshala

In commemoration of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s 74th birthday, thousands of Tibetans and people from across the world participated in the great festivities. Colourful Tibetan and Indian cultural performances added grandeur to the celebratory function. Read more

Former Union Minister and Mr George Fernandes Meet His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa

July 2, 2009 – Dharamshala / Gyuto:

Former Union Minister and one of the most prominent supporters of the Tibetan cause, Mr. George Fernandes, met His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa at his Gyuto residence. Mr. Fernandes was accompanied by Ajay Singh, the former deputy union minister, along with his wife.

Early on June 23rd, a group of visiting Nepali Parliamentary Members met His Holiness in Gyuto. The party was comprised of six MPs, including two women and Siddharth Gautam, President of the Lumbini Foundation for Development & Peace. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Gives Talk on the Preservation of Wildlife

June 29, 2009 – TCV, Dharamsala

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a talk on the preservation of wildlife to the upper TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village School) students on Monday, June 29th. The talk was an awareness event co-organized by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Care for the Wild International (CWI).

“Animals are not our enemies. We are all interdependent. Every animal has a role to play in the ecology by being a part of the food chain. If you remove one layer, the entire chain is affected. Even while talking in the interest of human beings, by saving wildlife, you are ultimately helping yourself,” His Holiness said.

The event was part of the Tibetan Conservation Awareness Campaign (TCAC), a WTI-CWI project aimed at spreading conservation awareness among Tibetans. The campaign was launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on April 6, 2005 to address the involvement of Tibetans in wildlife crimes and the use of wildlife articles in Tibetan medicines and traditional dresses. Read more

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa’s 25th Birthday Celebrations

June 26, 2009 – Gyuto, Dharamsala

The celebration began in the early morning. Drupon Rinpoche offered a Khata to His Holiness at the beginning of the prayer recitation.

Khen-Rinpoche, the head of Gyuto Ramoche Monastery, led the prayers and performed a Mandala offering to His Holiness, followed by a Tenshug offering.

The main shrine hall of Gyuto was crowded with huge numbers of international devotees. The devotees and many venerable rinpoches gathered for His Holiness’ birthday.

His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche led the second session of the prayer ceremony, continuing the Mandala offering which was followed by a Tenshug offering. Many venerable Rinpoches, representatives of the Tibetan Government in Exile performed a Mandala offering and Tenshug. Mr. Gonpo Phuntsok, the Secretary of the Department of Religion and Culture, offerd His Holiness well wishes on behalf of the Kashag (the governing council of the Tibetan Government in exile).

Mr. Sonam Damdul, Kagyu Member of Parliament; Justice Commissioner, Mr. Anyetsang Thubten Tashi; Mr. Khorlatsang Sonam Tobgyal, secretary of the Financial department; Mrs. Nangsa Choedon, secretary to the public service commission; and Mr. Tsering Phuntsok, representative officer of Dharamsala; were among the Read the rest of this article