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Voice Of America and Radio Free Asia Interview Gyalwang Karmapa

July 14, 2011 – Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa gave two interviews this morning at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. He spoke very eloquently about the issues dearest to his heart at Radio Free Asia, including the need for environmental protection of the Tibetan Plateau. He said that the Tibet issue is not simply a political one but something that transcends politics since it is the third pole and the source for freshwater for the rest of mainland Asia. Whatever happens in Tibet therefore will greatly affect India and the other downstream countries. Picking up this same theme, he reminded Tibetans in Tibet to follow what His Holiness the Dalai Lama had said regarding the use of wildlife products and the need to conserve nature and develop compassion for all living beings including endangered Read the rest of this article

Kalachakra Continues

July 13, 2011 – Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa gave early morning public audience to over 150 people so that devotees who were unable to see him yesterday could do so this morning. He attended the Kalachakra prayers and the Kalachakra empowerment led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the afternoon. The Empowerment session began with a personal greeting to His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington DC.

In the evening, His Holiness the Karmapa held several private audiences including with Sharon Salzberg, an esteemed American Buddhist teacher and author. Read the rest of this article

His Holiness the Karmapa in Washington DC

July 9, 2011- Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa attended the third day of Kalachakra preliminary teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Verizon Center today. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave profound instructions on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation. His Holiness interspersed the teachings with personal anecdotes and exhortations that we should always find a reason to practice and meditate. He also took the time to demonstrate the Six Exercises of Naropa (Trul Khor), providing clear explanation for proper breathing and visualization during the exercises. The audience joyfully followed His Holiness’ directions as well as the tulkus and lamas on stage, including His Holiness the Karmapa.

Saturday morning, before a World Peace talk took place on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the 17th Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Praises the Contribution of Prime Minister Professor Samdhong Rinpoche.

May 25, Tsuglakhang, Mcleodganj

In a short speech, which both surprised and delighted the huge crowd gathered in the courtyard of the main temple, Gyalwang Karmapa balanced wit and humour with a respectful seriousness when considering Samdhong Rinpoche’s great achievements during his tenure as Kalon Tripa.  At one point, even the usually austere face of Samdhong Rinpoche broke into a wide smile, when His Holiness referred to him as “the Dharma police” and expressed concern that Samdhong Rinpoche might scold him if he were to misbehave in any way.

Speaking from personal knowledge gleaned in conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,  Gyalwang Karmapa  praised Samdhong Rinpoche as “a person who has the complete trust of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and who fulfills the Dalai Lama’s wishes”, the supreme accolade.

The function, organised by the Tibetan Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Karmapa Visits Ladakh

April 24, 2011. Leh, Ladakh

DAY 1, 24TH APRIL

Upon arrival in Leh, Ladakh, His Holiness was welcomed with a traditional Buddhist reception. He was greeted by thousands of cheering people who had gathered in the airport and along the road all the way to the Jhokhang, the main temple of Leh city which houses the statue of Jho Rinpoche. Auspicious mandala offerings were made to him there and refreshments were served to everyone gathered.  After a brief prayer session, His Holiness then visited a photograph exhibit detailing the flood catastrophe of August 6, 2010, where hundreds of lives were lost.

In the afternoon, he had a private meeting with the Vice President of the Ladakh Gompa Association, President of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, and the Ladakh Buddhist Association Youth Wing. They reported to him the source, event and Read the rest of this article