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Voice Of America and Radio Free Asia Interview Gyalwang Karmapa

July 14, 2011 – Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa gave two interviews this morning at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America. He spoke very eloquently about the issues dearest to his heart at Radio Free Asia, including the need for environmental protection of the Tibetan Plateau. He said that the Tibet issue is not simply a political one but something that transcends politics since it is the third pole and the source for freshwater for the rest of mainland Asia. Whatever happens in Tibet therefore will greatly affect India and the other downstream countries. Picking up this same theme, he reminded Tibetans in Tibet to follow what His Holiness the Dalai Lama had said regarding the use of wildlife products and the need to conserve nature and develop compassion for all living beings including endangered Read the rest of this article

Kalachakra Continues

July 13, 2011 – Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa gave early morning public audience to over 150 people so that devotees who were unable to see him yesterday could do so this morning. He attended the Kalachakra prayers and the Kalachakra empowerment led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the afternoon. The Empowerment session began with a personal greeting to His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington DC.

In the evening, His Holiness the Karmapa held several private audiences including with Sharon Salzberg, an esteemed American Buddhist teacher and author. Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Visits WWF Headquarters

July 12, 2011 – Washington DC

For several years now, His Holiness the Karmapa has been very interested and active in environmental protection and ecology. Today he had opportunity to meet with senior scientists and environmental leaders at the World Wildlife Fund headquarters in Washington DC. He toured the WWF building, which features the third largest green roof in Washington DC and has received LEED Platinum Energy Star certification, which means that the building is truly sustainable. His Holiness was briefed on the latest science and solutions by senior WWF staff on issues such as climate change, wildlife trade, market transformation, and disaster recovery and he engaged in a conversation with the scientists on how best to reach out to people and change their hearts. Referred to as the Green Buddha by the Senior Vice President of WWF, which is the largest environmental organization in the world, His Holiness spoke to the staff, reminding Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Attends Reception in Honour of Samdhong Rinpoche

July 11, 2011 – Washington DC

Maria Otero having conversation with Gyalwang Karmapa

His Holiness the Karmapa attended a reception hosted by the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Loday Gyari Rinpoche, and attended by Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche, the Kalon Tripa-elect Lobsang Sangay, and board members of the International Campaign for Tibet, including Richard Gere. The reception, hosted in honor of Samdhong Read the rest of this article

His Holiness the Karmapa in Washington DC

July 9, 2011- Washington DC

His Holiness the Karmapa attended the third day of Kalachakra preliminary teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Verizon Center today. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave profound instructions on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation. His Holiness interspersed the teachings with personal anecdotes and exhortations that we should always find a reason to practice and meditate. He also took the time to demonstrate the Six Exercises of Naropa (Trul Khor), providing clear explanation for proper breathing and visualization during the exercises. The audience joyfully followed His Holiness’ directions as well as the tulkus and lamas on stage, including His Holiness the Karmapa.

Saturday morning, before a World Peace talk took place on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the 17th Read the rest of this article