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An Appeal from The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

April 17, 2010

An Appeal from the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Behalf of Victims of the Xinghai Earthquake

The large earthquake in Yushu County, Xinghai Province, has caused great loss of life and injured many people. To date the death toll has risen above 1000 and the number of those severely injured has also risen above 1000. In total, more than 10,000 people have been injured.

When I heard this tragic news, I was very saddened at the loss, and began immediately to offer prayers for those who have been affected by this incident, both those who have lost their lives and the survivors. May those who have died be freed from the bardo state of terror and suffering of such an unexpected death, and be reborn in the pure lands or a higher realm. May the survivors who have undergone the suffering of loss of relatives and friends and the trauma of losing their homes be comforted and find relief. May they receive the Read the rest of this article

Message from Gyalwang Karmapa in Response to Devastating Earthquake Striking the Region of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]

April 14, 2010

I was extremely saddened to hear of the catastrophic loss of human life and the severe destruction caused by the recent earthquake in the region of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]. I am now leading a group of Kagyü monasteries in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and other areas in prayers and virtuous activities dedicated to the deceased, so that their fears of the transitions between life and death may be eased. Through traditional offerings of respect, I have also formally requested the prayers of great masters from the various Tibetan spiritual lineages.

I am holding the survivors of this tragedy in my thoughts as well, and I hope that aid quickly reaches them. By bearing witness to the harshness of cyclic existence and allowing this to broaden our hearts and minds, may we all be able to extend our effort in meaningful ways, for the sake of both the living and the dead. I offer my deeply heartfelt aspiration Read the rest of this article

Important Announcement: Gyalwang Karmapa’s Visit to Europe 2010

April 8, 2010

The Kagyu Office regrets to inform everyone that the proposed visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Europe in May/June 2010 has had to be cancelled, due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope that this will be a temporary setback and that His Holiness will be able to visit Europe in the not-too-distant future.

Lama Phuntsok
Director of Information and Communication
Tsurphu Labrang, Dharamsala H.P. India

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Delhi Teachings and Long Life Prayers for His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 28, 2010 – Delhi

His Holiness gave a Chenrezig empowerment and “Mani” transmission to a large gathering of people, mainly from Himalayan region and Tibetans, at Buddha Jayanti Park in New Delhi. The Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association of Delhi organized the public teaching.

March 2, 2010 – Dharamshala

Gyalwang Karmapa attended the Tenshug (long-life prayer offering) ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on March 2nd, as a collective expression of gratitude and reverence for his leadership, organized by Tibetan Government-in-Exile. Kyabje Sakya Trizin conducted the ceremony that lasted for over three hours.

The ceremony was attended by Tibetan lamas, the Tibetan Prime Minister Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and his cabinet members, speaker and deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, heads of the autonomous bodies, and other officials of the Tibetan Government.

Gyalwang Karmapa will be attending the seven days teaching of Sangwa Due-pe Delwa Shidak from His Holiness Dalai Lama at Tsuklagkhang from March Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Teachings on Compassion Concluded in Delhi

February 20th, 2010 – Foundation for Universal Responsibility, Delhi

Continuing his teachings in Delhi, Gyalwang Karmapa today delivered a talk on compassion in the morning, and concluded the series in the afternoon by offering a transmission and guided meditation on the practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. The teachings on ‘Cultivating Compassion’ were organized by the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, an organization founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded him in 1989.

During the morning session, Gyalwang Karmapa affirmed that compassion is a basic quality innate to us all. Using the analogy of the sun hidden behind clouds, he explained that although our compassion may not be apparent or fully manifest at the moment, it remains present with us as part of our nature despite whatever temporary impediments may conceal it from view. The obstacles that prevent our compassion from shining forth can be cleared away precisely because, unlike compassion, they are not integral to our basic nature.

Drawing on Buddhist teachings on sugatagarbha or buddha nature, His Holiness explained that what Read the rest of this article