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Gyalwang Karmapa Confers Chod Wang for First Time

26th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

Today His Holiness commenced a historical three-days of Chod teachings, conferring the empowerment for the first time ever. Hosted by His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche at his institute in the Kangra Valley near Dharamsala, the Dharma transmission drew an international audience of practitioners from several dozen countries, as well as nuns from across the Himalayans.

  “I have been enthusiastic about the Chod practice from a young age, but have had few opportunities to do formal sadhana practice, and this is the very first time I am giving the empowerment, and am very pleased to have the opportunity to do so today.”

The empowerment that His Holiness conferred in the morning was based on the Opening the Door to Space text by the 3rd Gyalwang Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Following the main portion of the visualization-based Read the rest of this article

Exile Filmmakers Must Remember Situation in Tibet, Says Gyalwang Karmapa

16th October – Norbulingka, Dharamsala.

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje reminded exile film enthusiasts of the situation in Tibet and the Tibetans who have risked everything in communicating Tibet’s desperate situation to the outside world through visuals.

Gyalwang Karmapa was speaking at a benefit event held yesterday for the upcoming fourth ‘Tibet Film Festival’ at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala.

Organised by the Swiss-based Filming for Tibet, the Festival is dedicated to imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was detained shortly after completing filming on his documentary film ‘Leaving Fear Behind’.

The Festival, which will be held simultaneously in Dharamshala from October 27 to 28 and in Zurich from October 26 to 27 with a similar programme, also aims to support and give platform to young Tibetan filmmakers.

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An Interview with Tibet’s Third Holiest Man – The 17th Karmapa by Saransh Sehgal

13th September – Gyuto, Dharamsala.

The Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and revered as the Tibet’s third highest lama. The Karmapa means “the one who carries out Buddha activity” and like the 14th Dalai Lama, the 27-year-old the 17th Karmapa too fled his homeland Tibet for religious and other freedoms and now lives in the Indian Himalayan town of Dharamsala also known as the de facto capital of Tibetan exiles which has come an epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism and politics far away from their homeland Tibet.

His dramatic escape from Tibet in 1999 made him a hero to exiled Tibetans and caught world attention fooling the Chinese government; he pretended to go into seclusion but instead slipped out with a handful of helpers. He was just 14, but the Tibetan movement straightway saw in him a young and a charismatic leader who balances his spirituality much with today’s modernity.

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Thousands Attend The Gyalwang Karmapa’s Tara Empowerment in Dekyiling

1st September – Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement, Dehradun.

 

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa conferred the Tara empowerment (seng-den nag-kyi-dolma wang) and gave teaching at the Tibetan settlement of Dekyiling.

The empowerment was requested by the people of the Dekyiling settlement.

More then ten thousand people from the nearby Tibetan settlements and many students from Bhutan attended the empowerment and teaching at the Dekyiling.

Soon after completing the empowerment the Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Sakya center at Rajpur road, where His Holiness was offered mandala by Ratna Vajra Sakya and Gyana Vajra Sakya the two sons of His Holiness Sakya Trizin and had lunch together at their residence.

Later His Holiness visited the Drikung Kagyu monastery at Sahastrsdhara road. The Serbang welcomed His Holiness to the monastery and head abbot of the monastery offered Mandala to His Holiness.

His Holiness visited the “Ngoenga school” for Tibetan children with Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates Kalon Tripa’s Second Year in Office.

KalonTripa8aug20128th August – Dharamsala

On the day of commemorating his first year in office as the elected head of the Tibetan people, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay and his cabinet colleagues had an official ceremony. His Holiness Karmapa was requested to be the chief guest of the ceremony that was held at Tsuglag khang Mcleodganj.
Prior to the ceremonial speech, Central Tibetan Administration has organised a public prayer service in solidarity with the critical situation inside Tibet at the Tsug-la Khang, the main temple.
His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the prayer session that was attended by officials of the exile administration and thousands of Tibetans and supporters.
Dr Sangay in his public address following the prayer session reiterated the 14th Kashag’s guiding principles of “unity, innovation and self-reliance,” and paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the elder generations.
Earlier in the morning, His Holiness opened the new Tsuphu Bookstore that is located near to Gyuto Monastery at Sidhbari. The Tsurphu Bookstore aims to collect all the dharma teachings and art of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa.

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