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Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks of Kindness on The International Day of Climate Action

October 24, 2009 – Dharamsala

On October 24th, the International Day of Climate Action, His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa said that there are many ways for us to be kind and generous towards others.

“We as Buddhists believe that benefiting others is an act of kindness, and the first thing that comes to our mind, as act of kindness, is giving alms to the poor. That’s not the only way, there are many ways to be kind. Taking care of the environment and nature is also a very important act of kindness that can benefit many humans and animals alike in the future.”

His Holiness was speaking at a modest gathering at the McLeod Ganj Day School on the International Day of Climate Action – a special day that is being observed throughout the whole world. His Holiness inaugurated a signature drive on climate action by signing his signature on a giant piece of cloth.

His Holiness took the audience by surprise when he shifted his role from that of “chief guest” to that of “resource person” when he gave a PowerPoint presentation about the environment. The PowerPoint presentation was not on the organizers’ list of planned programming for the day. His Holiness said that every human being has a responsibility towards Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Graces The 49th Founding Anniversary Ceremony of The Tibetan Children’s Village School

October 23, 2009 – TCV School, Dharamsala

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa was requested to grace the 49th founding anniversary ceremony, as the chief guest, of the Tibetan Children’s Village School.

School children eagerly awaiting His Holiness’ arrival, just to catch a glimpse of him. Read more

Gyalwang Karmapa Chief Guest at 25th Anniversary of TCV Dharamsala

October 11th, 2009 – Dharamsala

Second day of the 25th founding anniversary of Lower Tibetan Children Village School, His Holiness was invited as the Chief Guest of the program.

The highlight of the second days program was the inter school 8th grade dialectic contest, where students debate on Buddhist philosophy in monastic style of debate. His Holiness presided over the contest and remarked this as a new way of learning the essence of Buddhism and school is actually putting in practice what His Holiness Dalai Lama has urged. Read more

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