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How to Use Emptiness as a Means to Develop Compassion and Freedom (Podcast Episode #010)

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Today we are happy to bring you the tenth episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

This special teaching took place in the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation.

During this episode, the Gyalwang Karmapa discusses how to meditate on emptiness, and how such meditations can lead to the natural development of compassion. Emptiness opens us up to a new realm of possibility, gratitude, and freedom which can lead to greater compassionate action.

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Working Towards a Compassionate Society

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July 6, 2016 – New Delhi, India
Today the Gyalwang Karmapa gave the opening address for a three-day program, entitled Compassion in Action. It was initiated by a group of Tibetan and Indian social activists, residing in Delhi and nearby, who support human rights and universal responsibility. The event was in celebration of a yearlong journey, beginning with HH the Dalai Lama’s birthday last year, which involved 11 schools and 1000 young people. Through a variety of creative modalities, they explored, shared, and interpreted compassion in action, the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The program was sponsored by Lunar Energy, a group of socially engaged artists, and by Empowering the Vision, whose director Yudron Aukutsang, welcomed His Holiness the Karmapa. She explained that her organization is dedicated to empowering Read the rest of this article

Thousands of Tibetans Gather to Meet the Gyalwang Karmapa

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May 28, 2016 – Bulach, Switzerland
The City Hall of Bulach was filled to the brim with Tibetans who have come to receive the Karmapa’s blessings. After he arrived on stage and took his seat, young Tibetan women and men in traditional dress, standing in front of the audience sing a special song for the occasion. Drum, flute, bells, and the dranyen, sometimes called a Tibetan guitar, accompany their voices, while their song has the refrain, “Our place of trust is the Karmapa, the lama in who we can believe.”

His Holiness began with his prayers, which he followed by a transmission of the six-syllable mantra of Avalokiteshvara. He then spoke from his heart to the Tibetans, expressing his sympathy for all the Read the rest of this article

Tibetan Medicine Finds Success in the West: the Karmapa visits Padma Company

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May 25, 2016 -Wetzikon, Switzerland
This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa traveled to a small town just outside Zurich to visit the offices and production site of Padma Company, which manufactures a variety of Tibetan medicines. The organization will soon celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The Karmapa first visited the production site, where in an area outside the factory rooms, a brocade-covered chair had been prepared and a thangka of the Medicine Buddha set above and behind it.

After the Karmapa arrived and took his seat, the CEO of Padma, Mr. Herbert Schwabl, introduced the Karmapa to the history and products that Padma makes. He explained that two of the herbs they use are grown in Switzerland and the rest are purchased from all over the world. After so many years, a blend of Swiss and Tibetan medicine is Read the rest of this article

A Medicine Buddha Empowerment

2016.05.22
22nd May 2016 -Geneva, Switzerland
The Medicine Buddha tradition was brought to Tibet from India in the 8th century by the great Indian Buddhist master, the abbot Shantarakshita of Nalanda (725–788), who gave the teachings to the Tibetan king Trisong Deutsen. The abbot’s aim was to increase the welfare of Tibet: to improve health, prevent disease, give protection against black magic, and protect the ecological system from natural disasters.

Today, the Geneva Theatre next to its famous lake was filled with people eager to receive the empowerment. To the right and above His Holiness’ throne, a huge thangka depicted the Medicine Buddha, who embodies the healing energy of all enlightened beings. He is a dark blue, the colour of lapis lazuli, and wears monastic robes while sitting on a lion throne. In his left hand he holds a begging bowl Read the rest of this article