His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his 70th Birthday on July 6, 2005. His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa attended the ceremonies, joining with others in prayers for longetivity of His Holiness, offerings of mandalas and celebrations of the accomplishments of the Dalai Lama. A photo of the Karmapa with the Dalai Lama is viewable at the Phayul website. Read the rest of this article
On June 26, 2005, His Holiness became 20 years of age (21 years according to the Tibetan counting system). The program for His Holiness’s birthday commenced at 5:30am with a ceremony at Gyuto in which monks offered long life prayers for His Holiness. Afterwards, a song and prayer were offered by disciples of the Karmapa from Taiwan. Events continued throughout the day.
Earlier in the month, on June 20th, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa consecrated the new Tinkar Chodey Institute in Gopalpur, near Dharamsala, being constructed by Khenpo Rinchen Dhondrup. The Karmapa visited and blessed the construction which is currently underway. Read the rest of this article
Tibetan Settlements in South India Enthusiastically Receive His Holiness Karmapa (February-March, 2005)
In March, His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa toured South India as part of a month long visit to Tibetan Settlements in the area. His Holiness flew to Goa Airport on the 28th of February, where he was met by representatives of major monasteries in the Mungod Settlement. He departed for Mungod Settlement the following day after being received at the Karnataka border by the district commissioner, superintendent of police of Karwar and a member of parliament. After Mungod, His Holiness visited Kollegal, where he presided at the opening of the Nalanda International Institute in Byalkuppe, and subsequently visited Hunsur and Periyapatna settlments. More information Read the rest of this article
His Holiness Karmapa has returned from an extended trip which took place through the end of 2004. The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at Vajra Vidhya Institute in Varanasi on November 14, where he presided over the Karma Gön Chö, at which representatives of Kagyu monsteries from all over the world debated Kagyu philosophy and soteriology. In December, His Holiness proceeded to Bodhgaya for the annual Great Monlam Aspiration of the Glorious Unequaled Kagyu Sangha (Pal Nyammay Kagyupay Sangha Monlam Chenmo). Subsequently he returned to Vajra Vidhya institute, where he engaged in more prayers, including a service for the Read the rest of this article
In Varanasi, India, one of the four most sacred sites of Buddhism marking where the Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma and gave his first teachings, His Holiness held a special prayer service for all the deceased, injured and distressed victims of the Tsunami, which affected so many people throughout the countries in Southeast Asia bordering on the Indian Ocean. In front of the special statue of Lord Buddha, His Holiness prayed for all who suffered from the Tsunami: that there would be an end to the suffering caused by the Tsunami and that such a terrible tragedy would never happen again. Read the rest of this article