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The Viewpoints of Both the East and the West Are Necessary: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the Fourth Mind and Life Conference at the Men-Tsee-khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute)

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October 12, 2016 – Dharamshala, India
This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest of honor at the opening of the Body, Mind and Life Conference, which took place for the fourth time at the Men-Tsee-khang College’s auditorium. Also present were the special guest, the Minister of Health Choekyong Wangchuk from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche along with many important officials from the CTA and the Men-Tsee-Khang. The conference focused on the pervasive problem of depression, looking at it from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and astrology as well as modern science.

Recalling that he had benefitted from attending Mind and Life conferences with HH the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa mentioned that he had studied some Read the rest of this article

What is True Compassion? The Gyalwang Karmapa Talks to TCV Foster Mothers

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October 10, 2016 – Upper TCV, Dharamshala, India
This afternoon in a more informal setting, the Gyalwang Karmapa met with the foster mothers of TCV Upper Dharamsala. They responsible for the daily care of the students, who live homes of about thirty students each with one foster mother to each home. The Karmapa began his talk with something he said they all would know.

“What people become depends on the social environment of their childhood and especially on the close relationship they have as children with the people who care for them. Whatever habitual patterns are created in their young years and the counseling they receive are probably the most important thing for shaping their thought for the rest of their lives. Therefore, those who act as mothers are essential.

“As Read the rest of this article

The Four Noble Truths: How to Turn Suffering into Happiness (Podcast Episode #011)

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Today’s podcast episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to Paris, France, and is a beautiful teaching on the Four Noble Truths.

This was the very first teaching that the historical Buddha gave and as such it is essential to Buddhists of all traditions, and practitioners of every level. The Karmapa teaches on all of the Noble Truths and discusses how we can overcome different types of suffering.

This episode is two sessions combined into one audio track and thus there is also two question and answer portions where students in the audience ask His Holiness about the refugee crisis in Europe, developing renunciation, and Read the rest of this article

Thinking Beyond Ourselves

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June 24, 2016 – New Delhi, India.
In the twenty-first century, the issue of the environment presents the greatest difficulty we face. If we do not deal with it well, it will become an immense problem for the next generation. Scientists have done a lot of research and gathered extensive data but this alone is not enough to change people’s minds. The information is stored in our brains but does not reach our hearts or minds to alter them. Knowledge alone is not enough: we must allow it to change the way we think.

The situation with smoking is similar. Everyone knows that it is dangerous to their health, and cigarette packages even have warnings printed on them, but that is not enough to break the habit of smoking. Having put a warning on the package, the cigarette companies do not feel responsible to do anything further. Their interest lies Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa on the Relationship Between Buddhism and Science

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May 22, 2106 -Geneva, Switzerland
The Gyalwang Karmapa began this afternoon by referring to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s division of Buddhism into three categories: Buddhism as a science, as a philosophy, and as a religion. When we speak of Buddhism as a science, the Karmapa said, we are considering how it examines exterior phenomena through a process of deduction. The philosophical side refers to the various schools and their views, while the religious aspect includes the meditative and ritual practices, the inner focusing that is special to Buddhism.

If we look at the life of Shakyamuni Buddha, the Karmapa continued, we can see these aspects in play. The Buddha was a prince who lived a long time ago, and following the traditions of Read the rest of this article