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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

Delhi Teachings and Long Life Prayers for His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 28, 2010 – Delhi

His Holiness gave a Chenrezig empowerment and “Mani” transmission to a large gathering of people, mainly from Himalayan region and Tibetans, at Buddha Jayanti Park in New Delhi. The Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association of Delhi organized the public teaching.

March 2, 2010 – Dharamshala

Gyalwang Karmapa attended the Tenshug (long-life prayer offering) ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on March 2nd, as a collective expression of gratitude and reverence for his leadership, organized by Tibetan Government-in-Exile. Kyabje Sakya Trizin conducted the ceremony that lasted for over three hours.

The ceremony was attended by Tibetan lamas, the Tibetan Prime Minister Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and his cabinet members, speaker and deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, heads of the autonomous bodies, and other officials of the Tibetan Government.

Gyalwang Karmapa will be attending the seven days teaching of Sangwa Due-pe Delwa Shidak from His Holiness Dalai Lama at Tsuklagkhang from March Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Tour of Central and South India

February 21st to 24th, 2010 – Nagpur

By the invitation of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and the India Tibet Friendship Society, His Holiness visited Nagpur, Maharashtra from the 21st to the 24th of February, 2010.

On route from the airport to Ravi Bhavan, his place of residence, His Holiness visited Deekshabhoomi and felicitated two memorials of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, also known as Baba Saheb Ambedkar. (He was the person who was responsible for bringing about the Buddhist Movement in India amongst the Indian people. He was also the person who wrote the Constitution of India, which was amongst his many achievements.) In the afternoon, His Holiness had a press meeting at Partakar Bhavan, Sitabuldi, and thereafter proceeded to a reception and a religious discourse organized by the People’s Democratic Movement. The program was hosted by the PDM and presided over by Dr. Nitin Raut, Honorable Cabinet Miinster, Govt. of Maharashtra. The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) is an educational, cultural, social, literary and intellectual forum based on the philosophy of Tathagat Mahakarunik Bhagwang Gautam Buddha and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar based in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Teachings on Compassion Concluded in Delhi

February 20th, 2010 – Foundation for Universal Responsibility, Delhi

Continuing his teachings in Delhi, Gyalwang Karmapa today delivered a talk on compassion in the morning, and concluded the series in the afternoon by offering a transmission and guided meditation on the practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. The teachings on ‘Cultivating Compassion’ were organized by the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, an organization founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded him in 1989.

During the morning session, Gyalwang Karmapa affirmed that compassion is a basic quality innate to us all. Using the analogy of the sun hidden behind clouds, he explained that although our compassion may not be apparent or fully manifest at the moment, it remains present with us as part of our nature despite whatever temporary impediments may conceal it from view. The obstacles that prevent our compassion from shining forth can be cleared away precisely because, unlike compassion, they are not integral to our basic nature.

Drawing on Buddhist teachings on sugatagarbha or buddha nature, His Holiness explained that what Read the rest of this article