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Activities Undertaken on the Occasion of The 26th Birthday Celebrations of His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

June 26, 2011 – Gyuto Dharamsala.

This year in accordance with the wishes of His Holiness The Gyalwang Karmapa, a set of special practices was announced for the recollection of the kindness of the two Heart sons Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche and  Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche and prayers were offered as well for their well being and long life.

Tsurphu Labrang has performed 5 of the practices on the occasion of His Holiness’ 26th birthday celebration.  A weeklong prayer of Dorje Drolo and Tsedup was performed for the long life of His Holiness Dalai Lama,  the Gyalwang Karmapa, and  especially for the two heart sons. http://longlifeaccumulations.com/

In the morning of 26th June,   members of the Tsurphu Labrang  (Karmapa’s Office of Administration)  offered  birthday wishes and long life prayers to  His Read the rest of this article

His Holiness The Karmapa Blesses Celebration of the 50-Year Anniversary of Founding of The Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology

June 2, Mentseekhang – Dharamsala.

(His Holiness composed a short poem for the 50th anniversary)

In addressing those gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology in Dharamsala, the Gyalwang Karmapa said that Tibetan astrology must go hand in hand with medicine, as the two are inseparable. The number of astrologers is far smaller as compared to doctors, and His Holiness said he felt that astronomy and astrology are also significant areas of scientific learning that are interrelated with medicine and Buddhism.

“On this 50th anniversary I pledge to study Tibetan medicine and astrology and hope it will be my contribution to the preservation of Tibetan medicine and astrology,” said the Gyalwang Karmapa.

Lauding the premiere Tibetan medical institute in Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches American Students as Part of College Course on Sustainable Compassion

May 3-22, 2011. Gyuto

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa yesterday concluded a three-week series of teachings to a group of students from the University of Redlands in California, USA.  The 16 students had travelled to India to study with His Holiness as part of a unique college course called: Sustainable Compassion: Conversations with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. The aim of the course was to allow the American students, nearly all non-Buddhists, to hear from His Holiness “what Buddhism can offer the global community,” according to the teacher leading the group, Professor Karen Derris, PhD (Harvard University).

Over the course of several months prior to their arrival in India for the classes with His Holiness, the students worked with their professor and a group facilitator to develop a list of ten topics that reflected their concerns for the world and for their own lives. Though Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Teaches on “The Middling Stages of Meditation”

April 22-23, 2011. India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The event was hosted by The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, a not for profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organization established with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness in 1989.  Gyalwang Karmapa taught for three sessions exploring themes from Acharya Kamalashila’s text “The Middling Stages of Meditation”, and answering general questions from the audience.

There are certain fundamental themes in Buddhism, stated Gyalwang Karmapa, in his  general introduction. These include the view of cause and effect and dependent origination, which form   the basis of the Buddhist teachings;  samsara, the cycle of existence,  which is the cause of suffering, and the path of cessation  by which one can achieve the causes for liberation or nirvana. Common to all Read the rest of this article

Himachal Drukpa Kagyu Organise Special Long Life Offering for Gyalwang Karmapa

Saturday 9th April, 2011 – Gyuto

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of Gyalwang Karmapa’s followers from the Drukpa Kagyu tradition travelled especially from different parts of Himachal Pradesh to join together in offering a Drukpa Kagyu Tenshug for His Holiness in the main shrine room of Gyuto Ramoche Monastery.

Many travelled for hours in order to reach Gyuto; some, from the remote regions of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, had even travelled for days. From early in the morning, the courtyard below the temple began to fill with their cars, jeeps, motorcycles and hired buses.

His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche from Khampa Gar Monastery, Tashi Jong Tibetan refugee settlement, led this special Drukpa Kagyu Tenshug. Many other leading Rinpoches and community leaders from the Himalayan region supported him.  Those who attended included His Eminence Chogon Rinpoche, His Read the rest of this article