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His Holiness the Karmapa Departs for USA for Two-Week Religious Tour

July 8, 2011. Delhi

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, departed yesterday for a two-week religious tour of the United States. During his stay abroad, His Holiness will engage in a variety of religious activities. From July 9-16, the Gyalwang Karmapa will receive the Kalachakra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington, DC. The Gyalwang Karmapa will then visit Dharma centers under his spiritual guidance in the New York area. At his North American seat of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Center in Woodstock, NY., he will offer empowerments and teachings to his disciples.

This trip to the United States marks His Holiness’ second international tour since fleeing from Chinese-occupied Tibet in 2000. In 2008, he conducted a religious tour to the United States, offering Dharma teachings and more broadly fulfilling his duties as a spiritual leader to millions of followers worldwide. Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Inaugurates Tsang Menthang Exhibition

June 27, 2011. Dharamshala

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa inaugurate an exhibition of traditional Tibetan Thangka painting at the Tsuglakkhang complex. He commended the artists for their work and encouraged them to spread the tradition of their unique Tibetan Traditional Art of Tsang Menthang, highlighting the importance of many reincarnations of His Holiness Penchen Rinpoche’s role in keeping this lineage unbroken.

“In our traditional Thanka painting, we only paint Buddha and other deities. I usually feel that it is important to paint the life story of Tibetan people, in that way we can explore more areas of our tradition and culture. We can keep our culture in this manner” said His Holiness.

His Holiness was accompanied by the minister of Religion and culture; Tsering Phuntsok. The Thangka teacher, Buchung Nugbya, introduced the ancient lineage of Tsang Menthang, of Tibetan Traditional Read the rest of this article

Activities Undertaken on the Occasion of The 26th Birthday Celebrations of His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

June 26, 2011 – Gyuto Dharamsala.

This year in accordance with the wishes of His Holiness The Gyalwang Karmapa, a set of special practices was announced for the recollection of the kindness of the two Heart sons Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche and  Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche and prayers were offered as well for their well being and long life.

Tsurphu Labrang has performed 5 of the practices on the occasion of His Holiness’ 26th birthday celebration.  A weeklong prayer of Dorje Drolo and Tsedup was performed for the long life of His Holiness Dalai Lama,  the Gyalwang Karmapa, and  especially for the two heart sons. http://longlifeaccumulations.com/

In the morning of 26th June,   members of the Tsurphu Labrang  (Karmapa’s Office of Administration)  offered  birthday wishes and long life prayers to  His Read the rest of this article

His Holiness The Karmapa Blesses Celebration of the 50-Year Anniversary of Founding of The Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology

June 2, Mentseekhang – Dharamsala.

(His Holiness composed a short poem for the 50th anniversary)

In addressing those gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology in Dharamsala, the Gyalwang Karmapa said that Tibetan astrology must go hand in hand with medicine, as the two are inseparable. The number of astrologers is far smaller as compared to doctors, and His Holiness said he felt that astronomy and astrology are also significant areas of scientific learning that are interrelated with medicine and Buddhism.

“On this 50th anniversary I pledge to study Tibetan medicine and astrology and hope it will be my contribution to the preservation of Tibetan medicine and astrology,” said the Gyalwang Karmapa.

Lauding the premiere Tibetan medical institute in Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Praises the Contribution of Prime Minister Professor Samdhong Rinpoche.

May 25, Tsuglakhang, Mcleodganj

In a short speech, which both surprised and delighted the huge crowd gathered in the courtyard of the main temple, Gyalwang Karmapa balanced wit and humour with a respectful seriousness when considering Samdhong Rinpoche’s great achievements during his tenure as Kalon Tripa.  At one point, even the usually austere face of Samdhong Rinpoche broke into a wide smile, when His Holiness referred to him as “the Dharma police” and expressed concern that Samdhong Rinpoche might scold him if he were to misbehave in any way.

Speaking from personal knowledge gleaned in conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,  Gyalwang Karmapa  praised Samdhong Rinpoche as “a person who has the complete trust of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and who fulfills the Dalai Lama’s wishes”, the supreme accolade.

The function, organised by the Tibetan Read the rest of this article