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Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches Mindfulness to American Embassy School Students

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6 October 2013 – New Delhi

It was with evident delight that the Gyalwang Karmapa spent the afternoon of 4 October interacting with students, parents and staff at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. With this being his fourth such visit to the school, the Gyalwang Karmapa personally remembered many of the young students from previous years as they greeted him and approached for his blessings.

On his arrival at the school, a student first interviewed the Gyalwang Karmapa for a class project, asking him questions about his childhood and escape from Tibet. He then toured the school’s science labs, dropping in on an astronomy class and examining the telescope equipment.

Next the Gyalwang Karmapa headed to the school’s assembly hall, known as the Peace Hall, which was packed with 4th and 5th graders eagerly awaiting his arrival. The students, aged from 9–11 years, sang two songs for him on the theme of ‘shanti’ or peace. They later listened raptly as Ani Choying Drolma, the internationally renowned ‘singing Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Prays after the Parinirvana of Chagme Rinpoche

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5 October 2013 – New Delhi

Upon arriving in Delhi on 30 September, the Gyalwang Karmapa and Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche visited the 7th Neydo Karma Chagme Rinpoche who was hospitalized in Delhi at that time. The Gyalwang Karmapa and Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche offered him their combined blessings and prayers.

Just a few days later, on the morning of 3 October, Chagme Rinpoche passed away, entering the sacred meditative state of ‘thugdam’ in a sign of his high degree of realization.

Within hours of Chagme Rinpoche’s entering into thugdam meditation, the Gyalwang Karmapa went to his side to preside over the customary rituals. While there, he spent time making powerful monlam prayers seated beside Chagme Rinpoche who remained in a state of thugdam meditation.

In his late 80s, Chagme Rinpoche was a senior and highly respected master in the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, and head of the Nyedo Tashi Choling Monastery in Nepal. He was widely renowned for his skills in astrology and medicine. In particular, Rinpoche was esteemed for Read the rest of this article

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