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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Closing Remarks

Conference on Environmental Protection

His Holiness thanked everybody who had been involved in the conference, particularly Dekil Chungyalpa, without whom the conference would not have been possible, and congratulated the monasteries for participating in this second conference.

He said how much he appreciated their efforts but the motivation was important.  Working  for environmental protection should not be just to please him nor out of competitiveness with other monasteries, but should be done wholeheartedly with the motivation that environmental protection is  benefiting all sentient beings. They should hold this aspiration.

His Holiness reminded everybody that religious practice without ethical behaviour was empty.

On this planet, there are millions of insects, animals and plants. In order to survive, human  beings  need all of them.  It is not possible for humans to survive on their own.  Because all living things on this planet are interdependent, we all have to take an interest in and act to protect the environment for our own survival and happiness.

Likewise, Buddha’s teachings   frequently instruct us to work for the benefit of others and to stop harming them, but often   we do not know whether the everyday things we use are harmful Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa on Protection of Wildlife and Waste Conservation

Conference on Environmental Protection – Day 4 – October 6, 2009 – Dharamsala

The morning began with a question and answer session.

 

Waste Management

The main topic for the morning was waste management.  Dr Anjan Kumar Kalia (Him Renewable Energy Consultants) gave a clear and comprehensive presentation on waste management. He first explained the different types of waste and highlighted that although waste could be a problem it was also a wealth.

His then focused on vermi-composting which used kitchen waste,    and bio-gas, which is produced from animal and human waste.  The session concluded with questions from the audience.

 

The overall theme for the afternoon was Wildlife Protection

The Science of Conservation

Dekil Chungyalpa began the session and talked about bio-diversity, and Gyalwang Karmapa translated into Tibetan. She explained how the term biodiversity refers to species, gene pool, ecosystem and ecological  processes.

Human activity has had a devastating effect.  Scientific evidence shows that, as modern human beings spread across the globe, many species became extinct. In the past it was due to hunting, Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Explains Scientific View of Cosmology

Environmental Conference Day Two: Sunday 4th October, 2009

The Morning Session

Gyalwang Karmapa on the Universe, Ecology and Buddhism

Many of the monastic representatives have not had the chance to study modern science so Gyalwang Karmapa began by giving a slide-show presentation of scientific cosmology in which he demonstrated the vastness of the universe and the minuteness of earth and the solar system within it.

Using earth as his starting point, he illustrated its position as the very small planet, third from the sun, comparing its size with Jupiter (1114 times bigger) and the sun (900 times bigger than Jupiter). From that he moved to the solar system’s place in the Milky Way galaxy, explaining the need to use  light years  to measure vast distances, and, then, finally, he described the universe, and demonstrated how even something as vast as our galaxy (100, 000 light years across) was minute when compared with the universe itself.  Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to Gyuto

September 24, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa has returned to Gyuto, after successfully completing the Delhi leg of his tour. His Holiness has reached Dharamsala via road from Delhi and will resume his daily activities in Gyuto. Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Presides Over The 13th Annual Karmae Gunchoe Meeting

August 5-6, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa presided over the 13th annual Karmae Gunchoe meeting, which was held in Gyuto, Dharamsala. Two representatives of each of the following affiliated Karma Kagyu Shedras attended the meeting:

1.Rumtek Karma Shri Nalanda

2.Palpung Lungrig Jampa Ling

3.Lawa Kagyu Thegchenling

4.Bokar Thoesam Norling Gatsel

5.Kham Ghar Druk Tholob Dharma Kara

6.Nalanda International University

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