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Gyalwang Karmapa Delivers Inaugural Address to Environmental Section at Global Buddhist Congregation

November 28, 2011- Park Hotel, Delhi

His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, today delivered the inaugural address at the Global Buddhist Congregation’s section on “Environment and the Natural World.” Opening the daylong session, the Gyalwang Karmapa addressed a packed hall of hundreds of delegates gathered from 32 countries around the world. The Gyalwang Karmapa will also attend the closing ceremony, which will be presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and joined by a suite of world figures.

During his inaugural address, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke on the underlying causes that have brought us to what he describes as a ‘critical juncture’ in the degradation of our natural environment. Among those causes, His Holiness focused on a virtual “religion of consumerism” and a persistent egocentrism that has led to an unhealthy relationship between human beings and their environment. Read the rest of this article

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

Nepal condolence with letter head
Today, in the morning of the 25th of April, in Nepal, the land where Lord Buddha was born, there occurred a devastating earthquake. Many thousands of people have been killed or injured, and historic buildings and private homes have been turned into ruins. As soon as I learned of this painful and distressing situation, I made my deepest aspiration prayers and dedications for all the people affected, and continue to do so. Especially at times when we are faced with such a desperate situation, we cannot sit idle, unfeelingly. We must join forces and carry the burden of sorrow together. It is important that each one of us light the lamp of courage. Additionally, it is important that each of the Karma Kagyu monasteries in Nepal, while looking after their own pressing needs for immediate protection, also extend any and all aid and protection they can to the public in their surrounding communities. From my own side, I will make every effort to come personally in the near future to offer my Read the rest of this article