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Gyalwang Karmapa Writes for Scientific Journal, Outlining Vision of “Environmental Buddhism”

November 18, 2011

Conservation Biology, the most influential scientific journal in its field, has invited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to contribute an article outlining his vision of “Environmental Buddhism.” Entitled “Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness,” the article explores His Holiness’ personal reasons for becoming an environmentalist, offers a masterful explanation of the overlap between Buddhist philosophy and environmental ideology, and ends with a call to action to protect the environment.

“As I grew up and began studying Buddhist philosophy and teachings,” His Holiness explained, “I discovered great harmony between Buddhism and the environmental movement. The emphasis on biological diversity, including ecosystems—in particular, the understanding that Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Addresses the Mind and Life Conference

October 20,2011- Dharamsala.

His Holiness Karmapa attended the 23rd Mind and Life conference from October 17-20.

After tea-break on Thursday afternoon, the Gyalwang Karmapa gave a short address to the conference. He began by explaining the motivating factors in the development of his own concern and action for environmental protection. He spoke of two things which had influenced him deeply. First, he attended an environmental conference which transformed his view of everyday things such as water and trees, parts of the natural landscape, which are often naively regarded as separate and outside ourselves. He realised how much they are intimately connected with our survival and well-being on earth.

Secondly, born and raised in a nomad family in an isolated region of Tibet, as a child his Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Prays for The Tibetans who Self-Immolated

October 19,2011- Dharamsala.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined a call for a day-long hunger fast and prayer service by the Kashag (cabinet).

The Dalai Lama, along with Gyalwang Karmapa and Kirti Rinpoche led an elaborate prayer service at Tsug-la Khang, the main temple in Dharamshala in solidarity with “Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet and particularly those who self-immolated, their families and those suffering repression in Tibet”.

Monks and nuns, school students, local Tibetans and supporters, and the entire staff of the Central Tibetan Administration led by Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay were in attendance. Read the rest of this article

Message from The Gyalwang Karmapa Concerning the Recent Earthquake

“I am extremely saddened to hear about the loss of human life and the severe destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Sikkim and other parts of North and East of India, Nepal and Tibet. The people who are affected are in my thoughts. I offer prayers for the deceased and the survivors to be relieved of their pain and suffering soon.”

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Gyalwang Karmapa Leads Prayers for Tsewang Norbu

August 21, 2011 – Dharamsala, Gyuto

His Holiness Karmapa led a prayer session for Tsewang Norbu, the 29-year old monk who set himself ablaze protesting China’s rule over Tibet Monday last.

Observing the Buddhist ritual of ‘Duntsik’ (weekly prayers), local Tibetans led by monks and nuns earlier today performed the first Duntsik prayers for Tsewang Norbu at Tsug-la Khang, the main temple. The mass prayer session was organised by 11 Dharamshala based organisations.

The prayer session at Gyuto Monastery was held at the behest of the monks of the monastery. Read the rest of this article