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Announcement from The Karmapa’s Office of Administration with Regards to Canceled European Tour

April 20, 2010

The Karmapa’s Office of Administration (Tsurphu Labrang) would like to express its sincerest regrets and sadness that the Dharma tour program of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Europe could not take place for reasons which have not yet been disclosed. We understand that this has created a lot of disappointment and frustration. However, we would like to request the many followers and devotees of His Holiness to take heart and not cast aspersion on any organization or government body for the cancellation of the tour.

We wish to thank the Government of India for all the assistance, hospitality and kindness that His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has received after his arrival to India in the year 2000. We also thank Ven. Ringu Tulku and the organizers of the Europe Dharma Tour who have put in a lot of time and effort for many months in spite of their busy schedule and other commitments.

His Holiness’ announcement has said, “I hope that this is merely a temporary setback and that I will definitely be able to visit Europe in the near future.” Remembering this, we urge all to remain calm and collected.

Lama Phuntsok
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New Appointment of Staff in Tsurphu Labrang Administration

April 19, 2010

Today at 5.30 AM, 19th April, 2010, H.H. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa added few more staff members to the Office of His Administration. The appointment was done traditionally by performing special prayers in the presence of His Holiness himself and by giving blessings individually in the form of offering scarfs and protection strings to each recipiant after completing the oath taking ceremony. His Holiness appointed the new members with the following assignments:

1. Garwang: Coordinator (Support Letter & Reincarnation Matters)
2. Karma Tsultrim Tharchin: Asst. Coordinator (Support Letter & Reincarnation Matters)
3. Woser Rabten: Coordinator (Monastery and Dharma Center Matters)
4. Longtok Tenzin: Assistant to Eng. Secretary, and Information & Communications Director
5. Sonam Paljor: Chanting Master, Rumtek; Dharma Chakra Center, Sikkim

The appointment ceremony was witnessed by other office bearers, senior lamas, and His Holiness’s sister, Ngodup Palzom.

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Important Announcement: Gyalwang Karmapa’s Visit to Europe 2010

April 8, 2010

The Kagyu Office regrets to inform everyone that the proposed visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Europe in May/June 2010 has had to be cancelled, due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope that this will be a temporary setback and that His Holiness will be able to visit Europe in the not-too-distant future.

Lama Phuntsok
Director of Information and Communication
Tsurphu Labrang, Dharamsala H.P. India

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10 day Tibetan Shoton Festival Begins

March 27, 2010 – Dharamsala

This beginning of the 15th Shoton festival, an annual celebration of Tibetan Opera (Lhamo), was blessed and inaugurated by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The event opened at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in Dharamsala on 27th March, 2010. His Holiness presided at the TIPA performance as the chief guest. From all over India and Nepal, Tibetan Opera associations from Tibetan communities came together to perform Tibetan dramatic arts. Through dramatic performances of song and choreographed dance, vibrant traditional Tibetan artistic practices were expressed.

In Tibet, Shoton is held annually from the end of the sixth month to the middle of the seventh month (according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar) and traditionally celebrates the coming of spring and a generous harvest

This year, the participating performance company will travel to six Tibetan Schools in the Dharamsala area, to introduce this historic Tibetan art and opera to the younger Tibetan generations. The school tour commences from Lower TCV on 29 March, 2010.

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Dialectical Examination of Gyuto Tantric University

March 12, 2010 – Gyuto

His Holiness presided over the two-day Tantric Dialectical Examination of Gyuto Tantric University.

The examination is held every three years. In the presence of His Holiness and Khenpos, over 70 Geshe Lharimpas who have completed their studies of the four classes of tantra: Kriya Tantra, Carya Tantra, Yoga Tantra, and Annuttarayoga Tantra, took their Tantric Dialectical Examination. All the examinees came from the main three monasteries: Sera, Drepung, Gaden, and other 6 monasteries. Read more