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“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 our ignorance about our misuse of the environment is shocking. We need to wake up from this ignorance, especially those who wish to practice spirituality. This is perhaps our greatest 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

Gyalwang Karmapa Leads Prayers for Tsewang Norbu

August 21, 2011 – Dharamsala, Gyuto

His Holiness Karmapa led a prayer session for Tsewang Norbu, the 29-year old monk who set himself ablaze protesting China’s rule over Tibet Monday last.

Observing the Buddhist ritual of ‘Duntsik’ (weekly prayers), local Tibetans led by monks and nuns earlier today performed the first Duntsik prayers for Tsewang Norbu at Tsug-la Khang, the main temple. The mass prayer session was organised by 11 Dharamshala based organisations.

The prayer session at Gyuto Monastery was held at the behest of the monks of the monastery. Read the rest of this article

His Holiness the Karmapa Addresses Gathering in Dharamsala

February 2, 2011. Dharamsala

His Holiness the Karmapa addressed a huge gathering of supporters this afternoon, acknowledging the difficult situation and stating that he trusts that the matter will be cleared in time. His Holiness further contrasted the rule of law in India to the system of communist China, calling India a second homeland for Tibetans. In a show of solidarity with His Holiness, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Dolma Gyari and seven other members of the Tibetan government shared the stage with His Holiness while he spoke.

The comments marked the first time that His Holiness the Karmapa has spoken publicly since the investigation began. His Holiness was speaking at the behest of several thousand Tibetan supporters who had staged a march from the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj to His Holiness the Karmapa’s Read the rest of this article

28th Kagyu Monlam: Day Six

December 20, 2010 – Bodhgaya

EARLY MORNING AUDIENCES AT TERGAR MONASTERY

As thousands of Kagyu Monlam attendees received sojong vows under the Bodhi tree at the crack of dawn, several hundred others were lining up at Tergar Monastery for group audiences with His Holiness. In response to an exceptionally large number of requests from groups attending the Monlam, the Gyalwang Karmapa added an extra session of audiences to his already packed schedule. Despite the full day of initiations and further audiences that lay ahead—and the grueling schedule he had already since well before Kagyu Monlam even began, from 6am until 8:30 am today, His Holiness offered the consummate example of selfless determination to work for others’ happiness. To ensure that none left disappointed, time after time, His Holiness graciously took khataks, invited visitors to sit, listened attentively, offered brief oral transmissions, granted blessings, answered questions, and then stood for Read the rest of this article