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The Heart Is Noble, Gyalwang Karmapa’s Latest Book, Released Today

19th Feb

Today, His Holiness the Karmapa’s latest book is being officially launched in North America and continental Europe, entitled The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out. The book is based on a series of teachings His Holiness gave to a group of 16 American college students over the course of three weeks in 2011. Each chapter in the book explores a topic selected by visiting students. For each session, two of the students took lead responsibility in presenting their concerns to the Karmapa, and His Holiness’ personal responses to their concerns fills the pages of this book.

In this book, the Gyalwang Karmapa takes a hard look at the urgent challenges facing his generation as a society, as a planet and as individuals. In the process, he encourages us all to rise to these challenges, using a resource we already have in abundance—the basic nobility of our human heart. The book is nothing short of a call to action, outlining his vision for bringing transformative social action Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Tells Students in Search of Peace: Just Relax

9th November – New Delhi.

The Gyalwang Karmapa left Dharamsala for Delhi on Tuesday 6th November, at the beginning of his winter programme.

While in Delhi, he visited the American Embassy School, his third such visit, and spent the afternoon answering questions from students, parents and teachers. His Holiness visited school as part of Peace and Global Citizens initiatives. His Holiness arrived with little pomp and sat in the theatre, answering questions from students. Although the students came from younger age groups the questions they posed showed forethought and insight. His Holiness responded simply and frankly, describing his own life experiences, making practical suggestions, and exploring with his young audience the common values which we, as human beings, should hold- compassion, loving kindness and an appreciation of the interdependence of all sentient beings on planet earth. Read more

Dorzong Monastery Conducts Ceremony for Long Life of Gyalwang Karmapa as Chöd Transmission Draws to Close

29th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

Several thousand people converged on Dorzong Monastic Institute today to hold a long-life ceremony for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. In attendance were deeply devoted Rinpoches, Togdens, Khenpos, monks and nuns from across the Himalayan region, as well as international disciples from over a dozen countries. Following the long-life puja offered to him by Dorzong Monastic Institute, the Gyalwang Karmapa conferred the Amitayus long-life empowerment on all those assembled.

The long-life ceremonies mark the conclusion of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s five-day visit to Dorzong Monastic Institute. Three of those days were dedicated to empowerment and teachings on the practice of Chöd, organized by Tara Mandala and requested by Lama Tsultrim Allione and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.

Dorzong Monastic Institute was founded by His Eminence the 8th Read the rest of this article

Day Three of Chöd Teachings: “Seeing Ourselves as Part of Others”

28th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

For the third consecutive day, around a thousand disciples of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa made their way from the surrounding valley and mountainsides back to Dorzong Monastic Institute. Sited on a hilltop and nestled amidst pristine forest as far as the eye can see, the exquisitely painted main shrine hall of Dorzong Institute offers an ideal setting for this historical Dharma transmission by His Holiness on Chöd practice. The skilled hand of the 8th Dru-gu Choegyal Rinpoche, a highly accomplished artist, was everywhere in sight both in the elaborately painted main shrine hall and throughout the institute’s grounds.

The first topic for today’s session was a history lesson. Recounting key events from the remarkable life of Machig Labdron, the Gyalwang Karmapa stated that Machig Labdron was taught by her mother to read. Gyalwang Karmapa recollected that his own father had made a conscious choice to teach all of his own children to read, including the girls. Read the rest of this article

Day Two: Gyalwang Karmapa and Dorzong RinpocheTeach

27th October – Dorzong Monastery, Gopalpur.

With the morning light streaming in to the assembly hall from the east, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered teachings in the morning, while in the afternoon, at the special request of His Holiness, the audience had the privilege of receiving teachings on Chöd from His Eminence the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche.

His Holiness opened the day with a discussion of the qualities that make disciples worthy recipients of the Dharma. He then resumed the explication of the 8th Gyalwang Karmapa’s guiding instructions for seven-day Chöd retreat. During the second day of the retreat outlined by Mikyo Dorje, the focus is on compassion. In that context, His Holiness explored the distinction between immeasurable compassion and great compassion, while underscoring the need to train in both. Immeasurable compassion refers to the immeasurable number of sentient beings, whereas the greatness of great compassion refers to the fact that not a single being is left out. As such, the focal point is different, the Read the rest of this article