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Day Three of Autumn Teachings: Looking in the Mind’s Mirror

September 17, 2010 – Gyuto

The teaching hall at Gyuto frequently rang to the sound of laughter today, as the Gyalwang Karmapa continued his Autumn Teaching Series with a third day of teaching on the generation of relative bodhichitta. Today’s serious message on the damage done by our anger and other afflictive emotions was leavened by a series of humorous stories that His Holiness related with great joy and mirth.

Continuing the theme introduced yesterday of human cruelty to animals, His Holiness commented that because animals cannot express their feelings in human speech, somehow we feel entitled to ignore them. He then offered an imaginative exploration of what might ensue if fish, chicken or other animals whose flesh we consume unthinkingly might suddenly be endowed with the power of human speech. Surely they would hire lawyers and take us to task for our actions towards them, he said. Should we have to face them in court, what explanation could we possibly give for our treatment of them, His Holiness wondered. When required to account for our repeated killing and cruelty, the best we might be able to do is reply, “But you taste good!” or “Well, you just look Read the rest of this article

Day Two of Autumn Teachings: The Kindness of Mothers (and Fathers and Friends)

September 16, 2010 – Gyuto

The second day of Autumn Teachings continued today at Gyuto Tantric University in Dharamsala, with a growing number of viewers around the world also receiving the teachings via live webcast. As His Holiness continued on the topic of cultivating relative bodhichitta, he gave a moving account of the kindness of mothers. However, before beginning the presentation on mothers’ kindness, which many Buddhist texts taking as a starting point for the cultivation of relative bodhichitta, the Gyalwang Karmapa pointed out that if due to a difference in cultural background we feel some doubt or difficulties with this presentation, we should not worry. We all surely have someone who has shown us great kindness – if not our mother, then our father, or a friend, or even a dog has been kind to us. If nothing else, he quipped, we ourselves may have been greatly kind to ourselves!

His Holiness went on to describe the care he had received from his own mother during his childhood in a remote nomadic region of Tibet. Lacking such facilities as electric heaters or baby bottles, his mother nourished him with her own milk and protected him from the cold by holding Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Begins Autumn Teaching Series in Gyuto

September 15, 2010 – Gyuto

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa commenced his five-day Autumn Teaching Series this afternoon to a packed hall at Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala, India. The teachings were entitled How to Generate Conventional Bodhichitta, and His Holiness is following the presentation by Lord Gampopa on the topic in his Precious Ornament of Liberation (Dagpo Thargyen). The Gyalwang Karmapa taught primarily in Tibetan, but often spoke directly in English as well. Translation was provided into English and Chinese for those in the hall, while translation was broadcast live into Polish and Spanish, and Korean and Vietnamese translators also making the teachings available in the hall for speakers of those languages.

An estimated more then 400 monks, nuns and laypeople assembled to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa, while a far great number were watching a live webcast of the teachings via Internet. The teachings were organized by the Karmapa’s Office of Administration. As cameras were broadcasting the teachings to the many watching form overseas, behind the camera, the office staff were busy working to bring about a perfectly executed event, while the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Attends 75th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness Dalai Lama

July 6, 2010 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa attended the 75th birthday celebration function of His Holiness Dalai Lama. Featuring a day-long cultural show, the event was held in the courtyard of the Main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglag-Khang) in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

Thousands of Tibetan exiles, joined by visiting tourists and members from local Indian and Nepali community, attended the birthday celebration.

Leaders of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, including Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Mr Penpa Tsering, other senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration, and local Indian dignitaries attended the function.

A group of Chinese from Australia also greeted the Dalai Lama on the occasion. Well-wishers representing local schools and the Indian and Nepali community of Dharamsala presented birthday gifts and greetings to the Dalai Lama. Tibetan, Indian, and Nepali artists performed cultural songs and dances in traditional costumes.

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His Holiness Karmapa Celebrates His 26th Birthday

June 26, 2010 – Gyuto

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated his 26th birthday (according to Tibetan Lunar Calendar).

Tibetans and Buddhist followers living in Dharamsala celebrated the birthday of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. Thousands of international devotees chanted hymns, praying for peace and harmony, while performing with traditional ritual instruments. His Holiness gave a birthday address in Tibetan, English, Chinese and Korean languages. In his brief speech to the gathering, His Holiness thanked fellow Tibetans and well-wishers around the world for their birthday greetings and for holding honorary celebrations.

Dignitaries including Tibetan government officials, parliament members and heads of NGOs, monasteries, nunneries and institutions conveyed greetings to His Holiness. Earlier in the day, the programme had begun with the offering of Mandalas to His Holiness, led by the Gyuto Khen-Rinpoche. Buddhist followers also offered prayers, wishing well-being and a long life to His Holiness. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts group sang a song composed by His Holiness on his birthday.

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