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Gyalwang Karmapa Gives Talk on the Preservation of Wildlife

June 29, 2009 – TCV, Dharamsala

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a talk on the preservation of wildlife to the upper TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village School) students on Monday, June 29th. The talk was an awareness event co-organized by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Care for the Wild International (CWI).

“Animals are not our enemies. We are all interdependent. Every animal has a role to play in the ecology by being a part of the food chain. If you remove one layer, the entire chain is affected. Even while talking in the interest of human beings, by saving wildlife, you are ultimately helping yourself,” His Holiness said.

The event was part of the Tibetan Conservation Awareness Campaign (TCAC), a WTI-CWI project aimed at spreading conservation awareness among Tibetans. The campaign was launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on April 6, 2005 to address the involvement of Tibetans in wildlife crimes and the use of wildlife articles in Tibetan medicines and traditional dresses. Read more

His Holiness Sponsors Free Eye Clinic for Dharamsala Area

May 21, 2009 – Gyuto, Dharamsala

Each year, Karma Garchen Trust, one of His Holiness Karmapa’s organizations, holds a free Eye Camp, in which everyone from the surrounding area who wishes to receive treatment of eye related medical issues is provided an opportunity for top-quality treatment at no expense. At the Eye Camp, medicine is prescribed and dispensed, operations are conducted and relief for eye ailments are provided to all. The Eye Camp is sponsored by His Holiness through the Trust. Read more

His Holiness Karmapa Attends the “Mind and Life” Conference

April 6-10, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa attended the “Mind and Life” conference, which took place at His Holiness Dalai Lama’s residence.

Prominent western scientists and renowned academics have gathered for five days of presentation and dialogues as part of a “Mind and Life” conference series, including Buddhist scholar-practitioners.

The conference themed: “Attention, Memory and Mind: A synergy of Psychological, Neuroscientific and Contemplative Perspectives” started with an inaugural talk by the Dalai Lama.

This is the 18th Mind and Life meeting. The first meeting took place in 1987.

The Mind and Life Dialogues, more generally termed “Dialogues between Buddhism and the sciences”, were initially started to experiment whether a rigorous exchange could occur between leading modern scientists and the Dalai Lama.

The 18th Mind and Life Conference aims the primary focus on the subjective phenomenology, information-processing operations, and neural mechanisms of attention, memory and conscious awareness from both scientific and Buddhist perspectives.

A number of scientific research programs collaborated with contemplatives to conduct scientific investigation and one of the primary pursuits of Mind and Life Read the rest of this article

HH Karmapa Greets HH Dalai Lama, October 20, 2008

Hundreds of Tibetans and well-wishers holding traditional ceremonial scarves and burning incense greeted His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he returned to his hometown.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was received at the Gaggal Airport, which is an hour drive from McLeod Ganj, by The Gyalwang Karmapa and officials of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, and heads of major Tibetan non-governmental organizations.

Dalai Lama arrived from the Indian capital, where he successfully underwent a surgery to remove gall stones at a private hospital.

His Holiness Dalai Lama returns home after successful surgery.

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Welcoming dinner reception

June 4th, 2008
The Tsurphu Labrang (Karmapa’s office of Administration) joined by all Kagyu Monasteries from India and Nepal offered a welcome dinner reception in the honor of His Holiness at the Radisson Hotel. The large reception included many prominent people:

  1. Mr. Tempa Tsering, Representative, Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi.
  2. Rev. Lochen Rinpoche, Chairman, Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association and Spiritual Head of Kaza Monastery.
  3. Ven. Chomphel Zopa, Member, National Commission of Minorities of Government of India.
  4. Mr.Tsering Samphel, Member, National Commission for Schedule Tribes, Government of India.
  5. Ven. Bayul Rinpoche
  6. Ven. Ayang Tulku Rinpoche
  7. Mr. Karma Tobden, Former Member of Parliament, Former Indian Ambassador and retired IAS
  8. Mr. Sherab Tharchin and Mr. Sonam Damdul, Kagyu Member of Parliament, Tibetan Govt. in Exile Dharamsala.
  9. Mr. Tamdin La and Mr.Topden Tsering,Welfare Officer, Tibetan Samyeling Colony, Majnukatilla, Delhi.
  10. Mr.Gaden Lhari, President, Denzong Lhadey Tsogpa, Sikkim.
  11. Representative of Joint Action Committee of all Sikkim Buddhist Organizations.
  12. Mrs. Tseten Norbu, Manager, Air India.
  13. Dr. Manoj Kumar, General Secretary, India Tibet Friendship Society, Delhi.
  14. Col. V.S.Verma, General Secretary, Tibet Study Group. Delhi.
  15. Mr. D.S. Negi, Retired IAS.
  16. Representatives of Kagyu Monasteries in India and Nepal: Read more