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Karmapa Successfully Completes Mumbai Tour

October 13 to 15, 2010Mumbai

His Holiness successfully completed his Mumbai tour which was requested by Bouddha Sabah Association, Chembur. His Holiness inaugurated the Bouddha Vihara at Chembur and gave teaching at Dr. Ambedkar High School ground where thousands of people have gathered.

Local MLA Shri Chandrakant Handore gave a hearty reception for His Holiness.

In His teaching, His Holiness emphasized the importance of understanding our human nature through proper study in Buddhist teaching and exemplary paths followed by Dr. Ambedkar and others. True peace and happiness does not lie in materialistic development but lies in mental progress through proper understanding of Buddha’s teaching.

His Holiness appreciated all members for their tireless work for the construction of the Buddha Vihara and preservation of Buddha’s Teaching by following the foot steps of Dr. Ambedkar, the great scholar and visionary.

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Karmapa Attends Opening Ceremony of Buddha Vihara

October 13, 2010

His Holiness will be visiting Mumbai to attend the opening ceremony of Buddha Vihara at the invitation of Boudha Sabha Chembur. He is scheduled to give a teaching at the ceremony on October 14. Read the rest of this article

Video Recordings of Gyalwang Karmapa’s 2010 Autumn Teachings are now Online!

September 28, 2010

We now have edited video recordings of the 2010 Autumn Teachings by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa available for online viewing and download. Please click on this link or follow the “Teaching” tab on top of our main Karmapa Teachings website to view the teachings. We’ve implemented a video playlist so that each teaching session will follow by next day’s session automatically. There’s also a iPhone/iPad compatible version and audio-only mp3 version available as well.

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*Revised* Announcement of the Opening Ceremony of the 900th Anniversary of The Karmapas

September 24, 2010

It is said:

Those who observe the anniversary
Of the passing of their lamas and venerate them,
Will soon be born among their first circle
Of disciples, and become a guide for beings.

As this indicates, recollecting the glorious lama’s good qualities and activities of body, speech, and mind is the foundation of all the goodness there is in samsara and nirvana. For this reason, monasteries and dharma centers of the Karma Kagyu, the lineage of practice, are collaborating to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the birth, in Tresho, Kham, of the First Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa, the glorious crown jewel of the practice lineage. The celebration will open with two days of festivities at the sacred site of Bodhgaya, India, on December 8 and 9, 2010. An opening ceremony will be held on the morning of December 8, followed Read the rest of this article

Final Day of Autumn Teachings: Sharing Joys and Sorrows with the World

September 19, 2010 – Gyuto

On the fifth and final day of his Autumn Teaching Series, the Gyalwang Karmapa continued linking wisdom and compassion, while shifting the focus from animals to human beings. To work for the welfare of animals, His Holiness observed, we need do little more than attend to their physical needs. Yet even this requires a great deal of knowledge. To much laughter, His Holiness related an anecdote about his own efforts to use a Q-tip to perform pulmonary resuscitation on a fly that had once fallen into a bowl of soup that he was eating. As difficult as it is to save animals, caring for human beings is far harder, he noted. Even should we be able to provide for their physical needs, human beings still have all sorts of complicated mental and emotional needs that are far harder to address.

In order to adequately care for the complex needs we humans have, ultimately what is needed is to be able to see into their inner dispositions and aptitudes. For this, nothing short of omniscience is required. However, His Holiness cautioned that we ought not to think that omniscience implies achieving a lofty birds-eye view of the world, or the ability to determine Read the rest of this article