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HHK Visits Changthang – Sept 13-17, 2008

His Holiness Karmapa visited Changthang, eastern Ladakh and Nubra valley in northern Ladakh. He has delivered a one-day religious discourse at Choglmasar in Leh, Disket in Nubra and Mahey Gonpa in Changthang areas. His Holiness visited Skimthang Village, Kesar Village and had lunch at Rani-bagh, he was greeted by all the villagers and had short receptions at each village he passes.

His Holiness visited Jivetsal Phodrang at Leh and delivered teaching and empowerment. Dinner was hosted in honor of His Holiness at Chokwang Temple by Ladakh Buddhist Association and Ladakh Gonpa Association.

His Holiness will visit Khardong La, Leh Phumdo, Tsodling and Diskit Phodrang at Nubra, His Holiness will deliver religious discourse at Diskit Phodrang. Read the rest of this article

HH Karmapa in Ladakh: September 12, 2008

On September 12, 2008, from 10am to 12:40pm, His Holiness gave a speech in which he offered spiritual advice to a gathering of over 6,000 monastics and laypersons in front of Mahey Gompa. In his remarks, His Holiness praised the area of Ladakh as a place where the Buddhist teachings had long ago taken root and had not diminished to this day. He discussed the essence of Buddhadharma as relinquishing negative actions, performing positive actions, and taming one’s mind and encouraged all monastics and laypersons to practice the dharma, which is endowed with tremendous potential for benefit. After giving blessings and gifts to the members of the assembled audience, His Holiness departed to his quarters for rest.

Mahey Gompa was founded in 1970 by the previous Drupon Dechen Rinpoche as directed by the previous Gyalwang Karmapa.

As there are very few residential areas close to the monastery, many laypeople traveled distances ranging from twenty kilometres to 100 kilometres in order to receive His Holiness’s teachings and empowerments. To facilitate transportation, the government of Ladakh provided ten buses.

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HH Karmapa in Ladakh – Sept 11, 2008

Leh, Ladakh, September 11 – His Holiness Karmapa inaugurated a school in Leh yesterday. The school has been built with support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Charitable Trust and managed by Nalanda Dharma Centre.

The school will give education of both Tibetan Buddhism and modern sciences to children of Ladakh region, especially from remote areas. The initial batch of students enrolled are from Drokpa tribe of remote Da-Hanu areas of Ladakh. Read more

HH Karmapa Arrives in Ladakh, Sept 9/08

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Leh, Ladakh, early in the morning to begin a “Dharma Tour” of the predominantly Buddhist region of India.

Hundreds of Buddhists, including Ladakhis and Tibetans, and visiting tourists were seen lining up since early morning along His Holiness’ entourage route leading up to Chokwang Monastery – keen to catch a glimpse of him. During the brief religious function at the Chokwang Monastery, he was offered Mandrel-Tensum and long life prayers.

His Holiness, upon accepting the offering, said that he was very happy to be in Ladakh for the second time.

Describing the Ladakhis as “devout Buddhist,” His Holiness said he has experienced a feeling of receiving great reverence and love from the people of the region during his first visit. “It is my prayer and hope to visit Ladakh and meet the people of this land many times in future,” he said.

HHK is scheduled to give a short teaching for a Tibetan SOS Village School Choglamsar on the 10th of September.

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