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Announcement Regarding the Official Website and Social Media Accounts of the Gyalwang Karmapa

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa has students, friends and supporters from all around the world. While His Holiness is able to instruct and meet a large number of people on his teaching tours around India and overseas, many students remain at a great distance.

In order to bridge this distance and make new connections, His Holiness and his staff use modern technologies like live webcasting, social media and an active website that displays news and photographs relating to the Karmapa’s schedule and activities.

Recently some supporters have set up their own social media pages on Facebook, Google+ as well as the blogging platform Blogger. The Kagyu Office appreciates the support and is sure that these actions are well-intentioned. However, such pages are beginning to cause confusion online as it is sometimes difficult to determine which is an “official account” and which is not.

As His Holiness is a leader to many people around the world, it is important that his statements and intentions are not confused. The Kagyu Office is delighted when students share teachings and news of the Karmapa, but we request that those using the Karmapa’s name to run their own accounts to kindly desist. Please make it clear that your social media page is not run by Karmapa himself or his Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Establishes Environmental Awards

2015.11.15
Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala, India
November 15, 2015

With the goal of setting a positive example themselves, monks and nuns have been discussing for three days the environmental projects they want to pursue during the next five years. They voted on which issues were most important to them and the results were tallied. On this last day, final reports were presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa in four broad areas: implementation, communication, coordination, and organizational structure. In his talk to the gathering, he addressed each one.

First the Karmapa thanked in depth the monks and nuns who have been working for Khoryug and developing projects that have benefitted their monasteries, nunneries, and surrounding communities. He then turned to the main issues of the conference. First he asked, when we speak of protecting the environment what does implementation mean? It indicates, he answered, that we work not just for one or two days, but month after month, year after year, sustaining a flow of continuous activity. “Protecting Read the rest of this article

Sixth Khoryug Conference On Environmental Protection For Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries & Nunneries In The Himalayas

2015.11.13
Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala, November 13-15, 2015

    “In order to save the Himalayas and Tibet from the threats of deforestation, climate change, and pollution, we have to be full of courage and believe whole heartedly that this endeavor is winnable. The alternative is unthinkable.”

    -His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Khoryug means ‘environment’ in Tibetan and the organization’s sixth conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in the Himalayas has brought together 45 monastic delegates representing monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan. The goal of the conference is to create the Next Five Year Action Plan for all Khoryug monasteries. A draft of the plan will be presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa when he addresses the conference on the final day.

The delegates will examine the previous five years of projects involving environmental issues such as water and energy conservation, reforestation, waste Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates the Fifty-fifth Founding Anniversary of the Tibetan Children’s Village

2015.10.23
October 23, 2015 – TCV Dharamsala,

On a bright, sunny day, the Gyalwang Karmapa came to Upper Dharamshala to be the Chief Guest at this T.C.V. anniversary celebration. Following addresses by three speakers covering the history, finances, and purposes of the schools, the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to talk.

Greeting everyone present, the Gyalwang Karmapa commented, “Though I’m quite busy these days, I wanted to make time to come today and offer my respects and support. Fifty-five years have passed since the school was founded and it has undergone tremendous development during this time. These years have entailed a great deal of effort, not just for a few days, but year after year of continuous, dedicated work on the part of the administrative staff, the teachers, and the students.”

Turning to the value of the school being celebrated today, the Karmapa remarked that “it supports the greater family of Tibetans, the common good of Tibet, and fulfills the express wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All of these will Read the rest of this article

The Power of Compassion: Karmapa Begins His Second European Teaching Tour

2015.08.27
Bonn, Germany – 27th August, 2015

Just over a year since His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to Europe, students gathered from across the continent to join him in Bonn on his second visit. The venue chosen for this year’s teachings was the Maritim Hotel’s grand theatre-like auditorium which lent itself well to the atmosphere of a second-year reunion. As Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Chime Rinpoche, Tanpai Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Lama Gyurme and other dignitaries took their seats in the front row, the ample space filled with the joyful buzz of the 1,300 people eager to hear this first teaching of the tour.

The theme for this, the Karmapa’s second visit to Germany, is “Love, Compassion, Rejoicing and Equanimity: Without Limit.” Inaugurating the teaching series, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered two sessions today devoted to the practice of Chenrezig, as part of the cultivation of the four immeasurable thoughts mentioned in the theme.

He immediately drew his audience into the Read the rest of this article