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Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Spiritual Guidance at Bhoomi Environment Festival

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3 October 2013 – New Delhi

Reflecting his keen interest and commitment towards environment issues, on 1 October 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa was chief guest at the 2013 Bhoomi Festival in New Delhi. With the theme of ‘Sacred Himalaya, Abundant Himalaya’, the environment festival was organized by Navdanya, a network of organic producers and seedkeepers spread throughout India, under the leadership of renowned Indian scientist and environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva.

In his opening speech the Gyalwang Karmapa began by offering his prayers for all those who lost their lives in the recent flood disaster in the Indian Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. He pointed out that in the modern world we are witnessing rapid and destructive environmental changes, and that these changes are due to human activity. He urged those gathered to look deeper into the root causes behind this.

“As all of you know there is no limit to human desires, and yet the support that the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Shares His Thoughts on the Environment and Bhikshuni Ordination at International Buddhist Confederation

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14 September 2013 – New Delhi

On the third day of the International Buddhist Confederation conference in New Delhi, 11 September 2013, the Gyalwang Karmapa shared his thoughts with Buddhist leaders on several key issues.

First speaking during a panel discussion on ‘Changing Times: Buddhism in the 21st Century’, he told the delegates that the environment is one of the most important issues in the 21st century world and pointed out that environmental problems are very strongly connected with our own behaviors.

“If we do not change our current way of leading our lives, if we do not change our current way of thinking, then it will be very difficult for us to have a positive effect upon the environment,” he said. “Fundamentally what we need to do is to change our lifestyles. In order to change our lifestyles we need to change what is fundamental about them—we need to change the motivation.”

“What does the root of this come down to?” he continued. “It comes down to our own human greed, and our own human desires. If we are Read the rest of this article

Kinnaur Tour Concludes With Visits to Key Monasteries

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5 September 2013 – Himachal Pradesh

After successfully completing two days of teachings, the Gyalwang Karmapa concluded his tour by visiting several monasteries and nunneries in Kinnaur and along the route back.

He began on September 3 at the Mahabodhi Society temple in Reckong Peo, where he performed a prayer ceremony and gave a short speech for those gathered.

Next he set off for the Sangla valley, arriving at the historic Bering Nag Temple around 11am. After circumambulating the shrine he performed a special blessing ceremony for the three local protective Bering Nag deities that abide at the temple. “I requested the deities to protect and help you, and care for your wellbeing,” the Gyalwang Karmapa told the crowd of locals gathered to greet him. He explained that the 16th Karmapa had also visited this temple, and that he had a very special connection with the three local deities as well as with the people of the area.

While at the Bering Nag Temple the Gyalwang Karmapa also gave a Read the rest of this article

Fifteen Thousand Attend Gyalwang Karmapa’s Teachings in Kinnaur

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3 September 2013 – Rekong Peo, Kinnaur

On 1–2 September an estimated 15,000 devotees turned out in the main Kinnauri town of Rekong Peo for Gyalwang Karmapa’s teachings. Described by locals as one of the largest gatherings witnessed in the region, the crowd received the Gyalwang Karmapa with visible joy and devotion.

Many devotees had travelled from outlying areas of the mountainous region, braving flood-damaged roads and difficult travelling conditions especially to receive the spiritual leader’s teachings. Organizers observed that had the condition of the roads been better—which were badly damaged in recent flash flooding—many more devotees would also have attended.

After greeting the large crowd at the first teaching session, the Gyalwang Karmapa told them that although he had made plans several times to come to Kinnaur he wasn’t able to come until now. He began the teachings by thanking everybody for coming, and shared his aspirations for peace, happiness and prosperity in Kinnaur and all the surrounding areas, which are currently Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives in Kinnaur for Weeklong Tour

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31 August 2013 – Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Leaving Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala around 8.45am on the morning of 30 August, the Gyalwang Karmapa set off on the long road journey to Kinnaur. Local Tibetan communities came out to greet him as his motorcade wound its way through several settlements en route.

Passing through the Tashi Jong Tibetan settlement in the morning, hundreds of monks, nuns and laypeople lined the road bearing traditional scarves and incense, eager to catch a glimpse of the spiritual leader and escort him on his way. Similar scenes were repeated as he later passed through the Tibetan settlements at Bir and Suja, while the smaller Tibetan community at Mandi also came out to receive him.

After pausing for lunch in Mandi the Gyalwang Karmapa resumed the long and winding journey through the mountains, finally reaching Rampur close to midnight. There he was hosted as a State Guest at the Circuit House of Rampur, which is reserved for visiting government Read the rest of this article