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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

Statement from Karmapa Office of Administration

1 February, 2011. Dharamsala


We would like to categorically state again that the allegations being levelled against His Holiness the Karmapa and his administration are grossly speculative and without any foundation in the truth whatsoever.
We can confirm that under 5 Crores (USD 1 million) was taken by the authorities from the Monastery. This sum represents unsolicited donations that have been made by the followers of His Holiness the Karmapa from around the world to enable the substantial social and spiritual programmes of the Karma Kagyu order. Our administration has sought to acquire clearance since 2002 to deposit cash donations under the Foreign Currencies Regulation Act of India. Until the necessary permissions are granted, the Monastery diligently recorded and stored the currency on its own premises. We are currently in the process of providing this evidence to the authorities.

As for the Chinese currency, we would like 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

Gyalwang Karmapa Attends 75th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness Dalai Lama

July 6, 2010 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa attended the 75th birthday celebration function of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Featuring a day-long cultural show, the event was held in the courtyard of the Main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglag-Khang) in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles, joined by visiting tourists and members from local Indian and Nepali community, attended the birthday celebration.

Leaders of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, including Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Mr Penpa Tsering, other senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, and local Indian dignitaries attended the function.

A group of Chinese from Australia also greeted the Dalai Lama on the occasion. Well-wishers representing local schools and the Indian and Nepali community of Dharamsala presented birthday gifts and greetings to the Dalai Lama. Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali artists performed cultural songs and dances in traditional costumes.

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Karmapa Participates in “Thank you Himachal Pradesh Day”

April 30, 2010: 9:00AM – Dari, Dharamsala

A “Thank You Himachal Pradesh Day” was observed today at Dari, near Dharamshala, to mark the 50th anniversary of residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, in particular; and the Tibetan community, in general, in Himachal Pradesh. The ceremony was led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in attendance were: His Holiness the Karmapa; Kalon Tripa; two speakers of the Tibetan Exile Government; and many Indian and Tibetan dignitaries. Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, the honourable Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, graced this special occasion on behalf of the State Government of Himachal Pradesh. His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked profusely the Government and the people of Himachal Pradesh for their kindness and generosity shown to him and to the Tibetan people all these years.

Following the ceremony, His Holiness the Karmapa commented that India’s kindness to the Tibetan people demonstrates their commitment to Dharma, which is why all Dharma continues to flourish here.

Prof. Prem Kumar Dumal, in his speech, made a special mention of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s presence and contribution in making Read the rest of this article