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His Holiness Karmapa Attends the “Mind and Life” Conference

April 6-10, 2009 – Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa attended the “Mind and Life” conference, which took place at His Holiness Dalai Lama’s residence.

Prominent western scientists and renowned academics have gathered for five days of presentation and dialogues as part of a “Mind and Life” conference series, including Buddhist scholar-practitioners.

The conference themed: “Attention, Memory and Mind: A synergy of Psychological, Neuroscientific and Contemplative Perspectives” started with an inaugural talk by the Dalai Lama.

This is the 18th Mind and Life meeting. The first meeting took place in 1987.

The Mind and Life Dialogues, more generally termed “Dialogues between Buddhism and the sciences”, were initially started to experiment whether a rigorous exchange could occur between leading modern scientists and the Dalai Lama.

The 18th Mind and Life Conference aims the primary focus on the subjective phenomenology, information-processing operations, and neural mechanisms of attention, memory and conscious awareness from both scientific and Buddhist perspectives.

A number of scientific research programs collaborated with contemplatives to conduct scientific investigation and one of the primary pursuits of Mind and Life Read the rest of this article

Commemorating 50 Years of Exile

March 31, 2009 – Dharamsala

Tibetans celebrated an official function in Dharamsala, to mark the occasion called “Thank you India”.

The functions are part of a series of events being organized by Tibetan exiles to commemorate their 50 year’s in exile and to reaffirm commitment in their struggle for freedom.

In Dharamsala, the function showcasing Tibetan cultural songs and dances by school children was attended by senior officials from the Tibet’s government-in exile and representatives from the Indian community.

At the request of Tibetan Welfare Office, His Holiness Karmapa chaired the function and presented souvenir to the Chief Guest of the event Mr Kishan Kapoor, transport minister, the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

His Holiness Karmapa looks on as the Chief Guest Kishan Kapo speaks at a “Thank You India” function in Dharamsala, Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Gives Talk to Students of Tibetan Youth Hostel in New Delhi

March 13th, 2009

Many students from all around Delhi gathered to attend the talk; His Holiness Karmapa gave the reading transmission of the common short supplication of Manjushri and Seven Line prayer of Guru Rinpoche. His Holiness began his talk wishing good health and success for everyone.

This year marks 50 years of exile in India for Tibetan people, and it is a very long period. We do many demonstrations and rallies for Tibet. If we do not have a Tibetan spirit then we are merely following society or just copying others. The new generation should take more interest in our tradition, culture and religion that our elders have preserved. We have to study and understand the fundamentals of our Buddhist religion – that is love and compassion. Learn basics of our culture and tradition and develop respect and affinity towards it. I think that is how to gradually develop a spirit of Tibetan. I think education and Tibetan ambiance are two very important factors for building up a Tibetan spirit.

His Holiness concluded the talk with some question answers with the students.

His Holiness arrived in New Delhi on March 12, from Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Returns to Gyuto

January 29, 2009

His Holiness Karmapa’s winter tour concluded with his arrival at Gyuto Tantric University, his temporary residence near Dharamsala. His Holiness has resumed his daily activities at Gyuto. Read the rest of this article

Audience with His Holiness – August 12, 2008

This morning Mr. J.P. Nadda (Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govt.), Mr. Indresh (All India RSS Chief and the founder of Himalayan Family Organization) and Mr. Rishi Walia (RSS State President of H.P) accompanied by Mr. Karma Choephel and Mrs. Gyari Dolma (Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile) and the Himalayan Family Group had an audience with His Holiness Karmapa at his residence in Gyuto University. Read more