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The Karmapa Unfolds His Thoughts about the Bhikshuni Vows


March 15, 2017 – Tergar Monastery, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
On the full moon day, the Tibetan 15th (March 12, 2107), there was a ceremony to celebrate the nuns who took the shramaneri vows at the Mahabodhi Stupa. The Karmapa reprised his talk there, as he wished to say more about his thinking on issues related to full ordination for nuns.

“As I have mentioned before, in Tibetan history during the time of the Dharma king Trisong Deutsen when the first ordained Sanghas were established, there were six or seven princes who went forth and the monastic community was established. Previous to this, we can probably say that there were monastics in Tibet, as monks from China and India stayed at Samye; however, there were probably no Tibetans who were ordained before then, though this needs more research. That said, it is clear that when the first Sangha was Read the rest of this article

Environmental Change, Spiritually and Practically Based

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September 29, 2016 – Sidhbari, HP, India.
Today His Holiness The Gyalwang Karmapa met with young leaders, ages 22 to 30, from the Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship in the United States. They had been chosen for their potential as catalysts for practical change, centered in a spiritual world with sensitivity for the nature. These young people seek to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of interconnectedness, service, stewardship, and reverence for nature.
Their first question for His Holiness was asked by a young woman who had gone in a bicycle pilgrimage in several counties, including the US, Canada, and Iceland. She posed to His Holiness the key question that she had asked on her travels: When and how did you first become passionate about environmental issues?

The Read the rest of this article

How to Make Wise Choices

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June 23, 2016 – New Delhi
Continuing a thought from this morning’s teaching on love and compassion, the Karmapa noted that all people are born with the innate capacity to love. In a few minutes children can make friends with someone they do not know. As people age, however, they learn more, become more one-sided, have greater attachment to those close and hatred toward those farther away, and their innate, loving thoughts toward others decline. This morning’s topic, he notes, complements this afternoon’s topic of wisdom; it is often said that compassion and wisdom are two parts of a whole. The aspect of wisdom, however, is more difficult and deeper than the aspect of compassion.

When we are making wise choices between virtue and non-virtue or what has faults and what does not, the point of view we hold is important Read the rest of this article

“Environmental Conservation Must Be the Essence of Our Spiritual Practice”: Gyalwang Karmapa

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12 November 2013 – India International Centre, New Delhi

On the final day of the 5th Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection being held in New Delhi the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke passionately about the environmental emergency facing the world, and pointed to our individual personal consumption choices as one way to make a difference.

“Because of the sheer numbers of the human population and because of modern technology, we are having a horrific impact on our environment,” he told the 60 monastic delegates gathered from across the Himalayan region. “And we’ve become so jaded about this on the whole that it is as if we are asleep in the sleep of ignorance about what we are doing to the environment.”

“Each and every one of the more than 7 billion people on this planet has a brain. We’re all capable of understanding this, and yet Read the rest of this article

Rebellious Chinese Writer Meets The Gyalwang Karmapa

8th September – Gyuto, Dharamsala.

One of China’s most perse

cuted writers,Liao Yiwu, had an audience with His Holiness Karmapa this morning at Gyuto Monastery.

” The current situation of His Holiness Karmapa and the fact of continuous self immolations of the Tibetan people has brought me here to visit His Holiness Karmapa” said the musician Liao Yiwu, he played xiao, an ancient flutelike instrument during the audience, the flutelike instrument that sustained him as a street musician during long bouts of joblessness after his release. In 1990, he was jailed as “counterrevolutionaries.”He spent four years in jail after publishing a poem titled Massacre about the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Liao Yiwu, the outspoken Chinese dissident and writer, has won a top German literary prize recently.

The German book publishers’ association named Liao as the winner of its annual Peace Prize. Previous winners of the $31,700 award, to Read the rest of this article