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The Gyalwang Karmapa Meets Sikyong Lobsang Sangay at the Kashag.


30th June 2014 – Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala.

Today, at the invitation of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, His Holiness visited the new Kashag building during a short visit to Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala.

His Holiness’ first stop was the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which he visits regularly in order to consult and research its vast collection of old Tibetan texts. From there, he made his way to the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Kashag (Cabinet Office) building, where the prime minister’s office is located.

This is the first time that the Gyalwang Karmapa has had the opportunity to visit the new building, which was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 2nd June 2011. The Sikyong graciously welcomed His Holiness at the entrance and escorted him into his office, where they conversed Read the rest of this article

Official Announcement Regarding the Passing of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche from the Gyalwang Karmapa

 
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(Please click for a full size zoom version of the letter).

Statement by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje on the Passing of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro

Until the 10th Shamarpa, the omniscient Shamarpas have been great masters respected throughout Tibet and were wise, compassionate, and powerful masters known as the “Victorious Lord of Dance” who were the life force of the Karma Kamtsang teachings. Despite a ban on the Shamarpas’ enthronement since 1792 for almost a hundred and seventy years, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, in view of historical significance and for the benefit of Buddhadharma and all beings, sought consent from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and enthroned his nephew as the Shamarpa, taking him under his wing for the guidance of his body, speech and mind.

However, as the folk saying goes, one may have enough merit to have a cow but not enough to get its milk. Similarly, after the Parinirvana of the Read the rest of this article

Encounter with Europe’s Youth Concludes Karmapa’s German Tour


8 June 2014, Berlin

The final public activity of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s historic first trip to Europe was an encounter with young people from around the world. His Holiness is the youngest religious world leader today and fittingly, the organizers had created a program where young people were able to ask him questions directly about concerns that they had living in today’s world.

Tickets were free of charge but admission was limited to people 29 years of age and younger. The audience ranged from toddlers who were accompanied by their parents to young adults. As the hall filled up, a music video of the rap song Karmapa Khyenno played on the screens, and young volunteers draped the stage with hand-drawn flags that were created by children and sent from all over the world. Everything from handprints to aspiration prayers were displayed on the flags.

His Holiness entered the stage lightly and settled himself in an armchair. The Karmapa reached out to the audience and described himself as a “strange kind of young guy.” He explained that although he was in his twenties, he had assumed responsibilities so young in life and had such varied experiences Read the rest of this article

Frankfurt Press Conference

In his first public activity in Europe, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa addressed a press conference this morning in Frankfurt, followed by a brief meeting with members of the local Tibetan community. At an event hosted by Tibethaus Deutschland under the patronage of the 14th Dalai Lama, the Karmapa spoke to a room full of members of the German and international press. He expressed his delight at having arrived in Europe for his first trip, and fielded questions on climate change, the future of Tibetan culture, ordination of women in Tibetan Buddhism and other spiritual questions. Puntsok Tsering, Managing Director of Tibethaus offered an initial welcome, while Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a highly respected lama who is also the head of Karmapa Foundation Europe, introduced His Holiness and later provided the English translation.

“As a member of the younger generation of Tibetan lamas, I feel responsibility for the future of Tibet,” His Holiness said. “We should not see the Tibetan issue as only a political one. It is an issue deeply linked with culture, religion and the environment. The Tibetan Plateau is so important for all of Asia. At the same time, the preservation of Tibet’s ecology is dependent on the preservation of Tibetan culture, values and way of life,”

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Gyalwang Karmapa Visits Tilokpur Nunnery

2014.05.05
May 5th-7th, Tilokpur

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Drubten Pemo Jalpay Gatsal, 40 kilometers from Gyuto monastery, a new nunnery set among fields of wheat and flowering trees in the foothills of the Himalayas for a three day visit. The nearby Karma Drubgyu Thargay Ling is one of the oldest Kagyu nunnery outside of Tibet and has grown to such a size that new facilities were created to accommodate the large number of female practitioners. Great efforts have been made to give nuns a place to practice the dharma, hear the instructions and do the trainings; that they have these wonderful opportunities – where they may not have in the past – is a sign that the teachings of the Buddha are flourishing.

On his arrival, he first consecrated the new Mahakala shrine room set above the temple. After the welcoming ceremony with offerings of ceremonial tea and rice, the Karmapa then presided over a Mahakala puja for the nuns and other international students Read the rest of this article