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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

Previous Announcements

The Karmapa’s Office of Administration joyfully announces that His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will visit the United States from May 15 through June 2, 2008. In late February, we received confirmation from the Government of India via Mr. Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi and Cabinet Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, and Mr. Tashi Wangdi, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas. The formal announcement is linked here.Click on the image to the right to go to the announcement of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa’s preliminary travel schedule in the United States, which has been released by the Karmapa’s Office of Administration, United States. This schedule is being provided for travel and vacation day planning. Since confirmation of the trip was only recently received, the schedule currently being made available is necessarily preliminary and subject to change. The final confirmed schedule will be posted by our office as soon as as possible.

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His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Birthday and Visit to TCV

6 July 2007: On the auspicious day of the 6th of July, His Holiness Karmapa visited His Holiness Dalai Lama’s palace early in the morning to offer his respects and good wishes for the celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 72nd birthday (Western calendar). HH Dalai Lama presided over the joyous celebration in the courtyard of the Tsuglagkhang (Main Temple), attended by top officials of the Tibetan government in Exile, including Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche (Prime Minister), Chairman Karma Choephel (Deputy Speaker), Gyari Dolma (Supreme Justice Commission and Justice Commission). Other Kalons of the Central Tibetan Administration and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche were present during the morning function.

Fifteen traditional Tibetan songs and dance items were presented by various institutions, including rare performances by schools from the remote and faraway areas of Spiti and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. A Tibetan voluntary organization and the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Dharamsala, already urged Tibetans to Read the rest of this article