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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

Gyalwang Karmapa Participates in Pujas for Dalai Lama’s Long Life, and for Victims of Qinghai Earthquake. Also, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjang Rinpoche Visit Karmapa

April 27, 2010 – Gyuto, Dharamsala

Today, during the first session of puja, Tibetans in Dharamsala and Jonang Monastery from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, offered Long Life prayers to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to observe the 50th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival to Dharamsala in 1960 from Mussoorie. The prayer was led, performed, and sponsored by Gyalwa Jonangpa. His Holiness Karmapa, monks, and the community of Dharamsala also participated in the puja.

The second session of puja was led and performed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the presence of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, dignitaries of Central Tibetan Administration, staffs, monks, nuns, lay people and many foreign sympathisers. The prayer began at 1 p.m. and lasted for two hours. The puja was a special prayer for Kyigudo Quake victims. Many lamas and members of the public participated in the puja, amounting to an assembly in the thousands.

Following the pujas, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjang Rinpoche paid His Holiness Karmapa a visit at his Gyuto residence.


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Dialectical Examination of Gyuto Tantric University

March 12, 2010 – Gyuto

His Holiness presided over the two-day Tantric Dialectical Examination of Gyuto Tantric University.

The examination is held every three years. In the presence of His Holiness and Khenpos, over 70 Geshe Lharimpas who have completed their studies of the four classes of tantra: Kriya Tantra, Carya Tantra, Yoga Tantra, and Annuttarayoga Tantra, took their Tantric Dialectical Examination. All the examinees came from the main three monasteries: Sera, Drepung, Gaden, and other 6 monasteries. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Commences Two-Day Teachings on Compassion in Delhi

February 19th & 20th, 2010 – India Habitat Center, Delhi

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa today commenced a two-day series of teachings in Delhi at the invitation of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him in 1989. The topic for this second set of teachings the Gyalwang Karmapa has given at the foundation was ‘Cultivating Compassion.’ As the talks were addressed to a general audience including Buddhists and those curious about Buddhism, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered practical tools for developing greater compassion, while philosophically grounding his call for greater compassion in Buddhist teachings on interdependence.

The teachings consisted of four sessions, morning and afternoon and included a question-and-answer period at the end of each session. The first morning opened with a warm welcome from Rajiv Mehrotra, an award-winning filmmaker and talk show host who manages the foundation at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s behest.

The Gyalwang Karmapa began his first talk by noting that compassion is core to all Buddhist Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Upcoming Schedule, Feb 19 – 27, 2010

Teachings in Delhi at India Habitat Center – February 19-20

His Holiness Karmapa will give teachings on “Cultivating Compassion” organized by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,

Religious Discourse at Nagpur – February 21

His Holiness will give religious discourses on The Practice of Buddhism in Routine Life and Behavioral Approaches of Buddhist Layman, and Philosophy of Buddha for the Well Being of Humanity organized by People’s Democratic Movement (PDM).

Religious Discourse and Empowerment at Norgayling Tibetan Settlement, Gondia, Maharashtra – February 23

His Holiness will give a religious discourse and empowerment to the Bandara Norgayling Tibetan Settlement.

Religious Discourse and Consecration at Trivandrum, Kerela – February 25-27

His Holiness will give a religious discourse, inaugurate, and consecrate the Buddha statue at Saigramam Read the rest of this article