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Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Prayers for those Affected by Recent Disasters

November 1,2011- Vajra Vidhya Varanasi.

His Holiness Karmapa went to the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath to pay his respects to the place where the Buddha first taught, and to offer prayers there for the removal of the obstacles of natural disasters: the floods, earthquakes. He also prayed for the health of Tenga Rinpoche and Bayo Rinpoche, and for the Tibetan cause, in particular regarding the monks and a nun who have died recently through self immolation.

He also visited other shrines in the area, including the Sri Lankan temple, the Mulugund Koti Vihara, and fed to the many young deer in the Deer Park.

Then he led the sangha, many from Vajra Vidhya Institute, in the Samantabdhra Puja and the Sixteen Arhats Puja which lasted for few hours. Flowers adorned His Holiness’s throne on the east lawn of the Damekh stupa. Under the golden umbrella, Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Attends the 11th Religious Summit

September 23,2011- Dharamsala.

The Gyalwang Karmapa attended the morning session of the second day of the 11th bi-annual conference of religious leaders and representatives of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon religion, held in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.

In the morning, the Gyalwang Karmapa along with the other delegates gathered at the main Tsuklagkhang temple for a one-hour prayer session led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All the members of the Central Tibetan Administration also attended the prayer session. Afterwards, the religious leaders, CTA departmental heads, Kalons and the Speaker of the Assembly adjourned to the Surya hotel for the conference, which was attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke on several topics, including the importance of religious harmony, the transfer of political Read the rest of this article

His Holiness the Karmapa Speaks on Compassion and the Nature of Mind on the Eve of His Departure to India

July 29, 2011 – Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC

His Holiness the Karmapa’s last public talk of His second overseas trip was held in Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, New York City, on July 29. The admission tickets were taken up quickly on opening day of the online ticket sale. On the day of the talk, many arrived at the lecture hall two hours early, intending to find a good seat in their designated area. Some arrived without a ticket, hoping to be lucky enough to attend the talk at the last minute. An article in that day’s New York Times, “A Young Tibetan Lama Prepares for a Greater Role,” no doubt stimulated interest in the talk among the public.

Before 7:00 p.m., the seven hundred seats of the two-story lecture hall were filled completely. There were also about two thousand and five hundred viewers on the live webcast, waiting eagerly for this concluding talk of His Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches at His North American Seat

July 18, 2011 – NY Woodstock KTD

Early in the morning, shuttle buses discharged a steady stream of people, arriving from all directions to receive teachings from the Gyalwang Karmapa at his North American seat. By 10 am, an estimated 800 people were joyfully awaiting His Holiness’ arrival under a vast white tent that filled the space between KTD’s shrine hall and its residential wing.

During this historic second visit to KTD, His Holiness began by expressing his delight at being able to visit and meet with the larger KTD community once again. He noted the tremendous progress that had been made in recent years towards fulfilling the vast vision that His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa had had in founding the monastic seat. Since he bears the name of the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness said he would like to offer his heartfelt thanks and rejoice in the efforts of all involved.

The Gyalwang Karmapa cautioned Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on Compassion, Confers Avalokiteshvara Initiation in New Jersey

July 20, 2011 – Mount Laurel-New Jersey KTC

His Holiness the Karmapa departed his North American seat in Woodstock, NY, for a visit to another Dharma center under his spiritual guidance—Karma Thegchen Choling center of New Jersey (KTC-NJ). Arriving at midday in this rural setting in southern New Jersey, the Gyalwang Karmapa soon proceeded to offer the Dharma to a large gathering of disciples.

On the afternoon’s schedule was a Thousand-armed Chenrezig initiation. At the start of the session, His Holiness commented that he had just been cautioning the audience at KTD that it was unwise to offer initiations too easily, yet here he was giving initiation the very next day. However, because the KTC-NJ regularly performs Nyungne, a fasting practice connected with Thousand-armed Chenrezig, the Gyalwang Karmapa said he felt it would be unseemly to refuse their request.

In preparation for conferring the Read the rest of this article