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Teaching the Path to Enlightenment at the Habitat Centre

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1-2 November 2013 – Habitat Centre, New Delhi

At the invitation of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on 1 November 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa began two-day teachings at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The Gyalwang Karmapa offers these teachings annually to a small group of students, comprised mostly of his local Indian devotees. Teaching this year on Je Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim text ‘The Three Principal Aspects of the Path,’ he guided those gathered through the essential aspects of the Mahayana path to enlightenment – renunciation, bodhicitta, and wisdom.

With almost 300 people in attendance at the Silver Oak room, many of whom were seated on soft cushions at the Gyalwang Karmapa’s feet, the close and intimate atmosphere of the teachings resembled a gathering of family and friends. Registration to attend was booked out weeks in advance with a long wait-list, so this year the teachings were also broadcast live via webcast. Over 1300 viewers from across the world tuned into the live webcast, Read the rest of this article

Anniversary Celebrations at the Tibetan Children’s Village

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23 October 2013 – Upper TCV, Dharamsala

Marking the 53rd Anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Upper Dharamsala, today the Gyalwang Karmapa was guest of honor at a day of public celebrations. The school educates and raises young Tibetan refugee children, many with parents and families remaining in Tibet, and is currently home to around 2000 students and staff.

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived around 9am, escorted by the school’s marching band, and took his seat on the balcony overlooking the outdoor arena. Shortly afterwards he was joined by Dr Lobsang Sangye, the Sikyong or Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-In-Exile, while several thousand people filled the seats below.

Throughout the morning the Gyalwang Karmapa watched with enjoyment as the students offered a range of performances. The program began with a march-past of the entire student body, followed by the Tibetan and Indian national anthems and a minute’s silence in respect for those who have lost their Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches Mindfulness to American Embassy School Students

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6 October 2013 – New Delhi

It was with evident delight that the Gyalwang Karmapa spent the afternoon of 4 October interacting with students, parents and staff at the American Embassy School in New Delhi. With this being his fourth such visit to the school, the Gyalwang Karmapa personally remembered many of the young students from previous years as they greeted him and approached for his blessings.

On his arrival at the school, a student first interviewed the Gyalwang Karmapa for a class project, asking him questions about his childhood and escape from Tibet. He then toured the school’s science labs, dropping in on an astronomy class and examining the telescope equipment.

Next the Gyalwang Karmapa headed to the school’s assembly hall, known as the Peace Hall, which was packed with 4th and 5th graders eagerly awaiting his arrival. The students, aged from 9–11 years, sang two songs for him on the theme of ‘shanti’ or peace. They later listened raptly as Ani Choying Drolma, the internationally renowned ‘singing Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Prays after the Parinirvana of Chagme Rinpoche

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5 October 2013 – New Delhi

Upon arriving in Delhi on 30 September, the Gyalwang Karmapa and Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche visited the 7th Neydo Karma Chagme Rinpoche who was hospitalized in Delhi at that time. The Gyalwang Karmapa and Kyabje Gyaltsab Rinpoche offered him their combined blessings and prayers.

Just a few days later, on the morning of 3 October, Chagme Rinpoche passed away, entering the sacred meditative state of ‘thugdam’ in a sign of his high degree of realization.

Within hours of Chagme Rinpoche’s entering into thugdam meditation, the Gyalwang Karmapa went to his side to preside over the customary rituals. While there, he spent time making powerful monlam prayers seated beside Chagme Rinpoche who remained in a state of thugdam meditation.

In his late 80s, Chagme Rinpoche was a senior and highly respected master in the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, and head of the Nyedo Tashi Choling Monastery in Nepal. He was widely renowned for his skills in astrology and medicine. In particular, Rinpoche was esteemed for Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Spiritual Guidance at Bhoomi Environment Festival

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3 October 2013 – New Delhi

Reflecting his keen interest and commitment towards environment issues, on 1 October 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa was chief guest at the 2013 Bhoomi Festival in New Delhi. With the theme of ‘Sacred Himalaya, Abundant Himalaya’, the environment festival was organized by Navdanya, a network of organic producers and seedkeepers spread throughout India, under the leadership of renowned Indian scientist and environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva.

In his opening speech the Gyalwang Karmapa began by offering his prayers for all those who lost their lives in the recent flood disaster in the Indian Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. He pointed out that in the modern world we are witnessing rapid and destructive environmental changes, and that these changes are due to human activity. He urged those gathered to look deeper into the root causes behind this.

“As all of you know there is no limit to human desires, and yet the support that the Read the rest of this article