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Gyalwang Karmapa Departs For Tour Of Kinnaur And To Attend International Buddhist Conference In Delhi

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29 August 2013 – Gyuto Monastery

On 30 August the Gyalwang Karmapa departs for a weeklong tour of the Kinnaur region at the request of local Buddhist communities. His first visit to Kinnaur comes after 3 years of requests from devotees, initiated by Lochen Rinpoche.

Travelling as a State Guest of the Himachal Pradesh Government, the Gyalwang Karmapa will be honored with a grand welcome ceremony on his arrival at Chaura which is the border of the Kinnaur region.

During his time in Kinnaur he is scheduled to give two days of teachings to devotees at Rekong Peo, including Mahamudra teachings on 1 September, and Phowa teachings on 2 September. In the afternoon of 2 September he will bestow a long-life empowerment for those gathered.

With Tibet along its eastern border, the Indian region of Kinnaur is strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditions, customs, and language. The Kinnauri people have a deep historical connection to Tibetan Read the rest of this article

“Tibetans Living In Free Countries Have A Great Responsibility”: Gyalwang Karmapa

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August 3rd 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

Meeting today in Dharamsala, India, with a large group of foreign-born Tibetan children who are currently on a Summer Camp Program, the Gyalwang Karmapa urged them to remember the difficulties faced by Tibetans living in Tibet.

The group of about 60 students included young Tibetans born in Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Ireland and France, who had travelled to India in order to learn about and experience more of their Tibetan cultural roots.

“There are a lot of difficulties that the Tibetans who live in Tibet face, and the responsibility to remove or eliminate those difficulties falls upon all of us who live in foreign countries,” the Gyalwang Karmapa told the young students. “It’s a great responsibility that we have.”

“For all of the Tibetans who live in free countries, who are scattered all over the world, for all of you it is your own individual responsibility. And this is something that you all have to know and understand for yourselves, before anyone else Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches On Compassion

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30 June 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

A few days after his 28th birthday the Gyalwang Karmapa delighted local students and devotees by giving an impromptu teaching at the request of students at Gyuto Monastery, his temporary residence. Although the teaching was unplanned, word had quickly spread and a crowd soon filled the gompa, eager to receive the Gyalwang Karmapa’s wisdom.

He began by thanking those gathered for taking interest in his recent birthday, and for their personal celebrations and aspiration prayers. “Apart from sublime, spiritually advanced individuals, for the rest of us as ordinary people in the world we are subject to the sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death,” he said. “I personally see no need to celebrate my birthday as such, given that birth is, generally speaking, nothing but suffering. However, I still feel that I need to express a personal thank you to all of you and the many people who see my birthday as an occasion to make Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Spiritual Guidance To Young Scottish Students

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28 June 2013, Gyuto Monastery – Dharamsala

The Gyalwang Karmapa today met with students from the Edinburgh University Tibet Society, offering them practical and skillful guidance on dealing with the inner challenges encountered when working for the Tibet cause.

The group of 16 students, coming from countries including the United Kingdom, Norway and Japan, are visiting India in order to collaborate with the Students for a Free Tibet organization in Dharamsala.

He began by thanking the students sincerely for all their support for the Tibet cause. One of the students then explained to the Gyalwang Karmapa that those working actively for the Tibet cause are faced with very difficult and sometimes harrowing issues. “Often these issues give rise to very strong emotions,” she said, “so I am wondering how we can deal with these strong emotions in a positive way?”

In response the Gyalwang Karmapa offered several simple, practical and profound methods for coping with strong Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Initiates Revamp of Nuns’ Education, Announces First “Arya Kshema Winter Debates” for Nuns

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21-22 June 2013, Delhi.
Gyalwang Karmapa convened a meeting to initiate an overhaul of education for Tibetan Buddhist nuns, and particularly for nuns of the Karma Kagyu tradition. Over the course of two days, the Gyalwang Karmapa met with senior members of eight nunneries to discuss plans to offer nuns the opportunity to engage in rigorous philosophical study up to the highest standards.

As an initial step towards this aim, the Gyalwang Karmapa will inaugurate the Arya Kshema Winter Debates this coming winter. A bhikshuni who was a direct disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni, Arya Kshema (known as Ayya Khema in Pali) was pronounced by the Buddha to be foremost among his female disciples in wisdom and confident eloquence.

Since the nuns’ study and debate curriculum is still under development, the inaugural session of the first winter debates will center not on dialectical debate, but on laying the groundwork for the future. The Gyalwang Karmapa stated that the First Arya Read the rest of this article