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Karmapa Visits TIPA for the 51st Summer Festival

August 11, 2010

On the 11th of August 2010, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visited TIPA (Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts) Dharamshal as a Chief Guest on the occasion of the 51st Yarkyid (Summer Festival) and celebration of its establishment. The celebration was opened by His Holiness by lighting a lamp in front of a glowing Buddha Statue, which was also a symbol of respect to those who had died in the tragic natural calamities in Tibet, Ladakh and other parts of the world.

His Holiness presented the award cups to the winner and the runners up, and other special prizes to the artists, and he blessed the gathering with the opening of a new book about TIPA’s historical records.

Judging the admirable presentation given by two troupes during the celebration, His Holiness expressed appreciation to the artists and concerned staff members for their tireless service and dedication. He further encouraged them to continue their good service in preserving Tibet’s unique culture and tradition, the combination of modern arts and the world of music.

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Gyalwang Karmapa Performs Buddha Akshyobhiya Prayers for The People of Ladakh

August 10, 2010

On the 10th of August 2010, His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje called for a special prayer and ritual performance of Buddha Akshyobhiya. In His presence at Gyuto Temple, in His private residence Hall, prayers were conducted for the recent tragedy in Ladakh, during which more then hundreds of people had died and many had become homeless.

Two special members from the Karmapa’s Office of Administration have been sent to Ladakh with material gifts of clothes, medicines, and cash contributions to the befallen people in need.

A condolence and sympathetic message by His Holiness was also dispatched with the Office members headed for Ladakh, expressing His sincere prayers and blessings to all concerned.

 

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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Various Activities: June-July, 2010

July 7 – Gyuto. His Holiness performed the Gye-Dor Lha-Nga (5 Deities of Hevajra) prayer from Je-Duesum Khenpa’s text Thug-Dham Nga. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and all the monks in the Labrang, attended the prayers.

June 15 – Gyuto. Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche offered Dhue-khor transmission to His Holiness, continuing last year’s transmission. Gyaltsab Rinpoche arrived in Gyuto on the 15th of June.

June 7. His Holiness made a short visit to the Library of Tibetan Works and Archive.

June 7. His Holiness visited the exhibition of Tibetan traditional appliqué and embroidered thangkas at Tsuglakh-khang. Mr. Tenzin Gyaltsen Ghadong requested His Holiness’ visit.

His Holiness performing Gye-Dor Lha-Nga.

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His Holiness Karmapa Celebrates His 26th Birthday

June 26, 2010 – Gyuto

His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated his 26th birthday (according to Tibetan Lunar Calendar).

Tibetans and Buddhist followers living in Dharamsala celebrated the birthday of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. Thousands of international devotees chanted hymns, praying for peace and harmony, while performing with traditional ritual instruments. His Holiness gave a birthday address in Tibetan, English, Chinese and Korean languages. In his brief speech to the gathering, His Holiness thanked fellow Tibetans and well-wishers around the world for their birthday greetings and for holding honorary celebrations.

Dignitaries including Tibetan government officials, parliament members and heads of NGOs, monasteries, nunneries and institutions conveyed greetings to His Holiness. Earlier in the day, the programme had begun with the offering of Mandalas to His Holiness, led by the Gyuto Khen-Rinpoche. Buddhist followers also offered prayers, wishing well-being and a long life to His Holiness. Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts group sang a song composed by His Holiness on his birthday.

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Karmapa Gives Speech on World Environment Day

June 5, 2010 – Dharamsala

“[At 8:00AM today, on it's founding anniversary, the] Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement [...] announce[d] this year’s Tesi Environmental Service Award to Rangjung Khoryug Sungkyob Tsokpa (Environmental Protection Organization). Rangjung Khoryug Sungkyob Tsokpa (RKST) is an association of Kagyu Buddhist monasteries [that] help protect the Himalayan region from environmental degradation under the leadership of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

RKST consists of thirty-six monasteries across India, Nepal and Bhutan that are working together to help create an environmental awakening in the Himalayas about the importance of forest protection, water conservation, wildlife preservation, climate change adaptation and waste management.

In the last two years, Gyalwang Karmapa has called for environmental commitments from Kagyu monasteries, nunneries and centers, and organised two major environmental conferences. With unwavering faith in His Holiness Karmapa, [the] Kagyu Sangha has done outstanding work in environmental conservation; from tree planting, to mass cleanup, to environmental education. Environmental resource materials as well as activities Read the rest of this article