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Proclamation Commends His Holiness’s Transformative Leadership

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(March 24, 2015 – Redlands, California) As part of its ceremony to confer an honorary doctorate degree on His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, the University of Redlands issued a formal proclamation. Professor Karen Derris, who had first brought students from the university to India to study with the 17th Karmapa, read the proclamation at the podium immediately prior to the formal granting of the degree. The text in full follows here:

The University of Redlands, with great respect and deep appreciation, commends and honors His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, this 24th day of March, 2015.

We commend His Holiness for his leadership in working with his generational peers to transform our world through education dedicated to broadening awareness of suffering in the world and to informing compassionate action to alleviate it.

We celebrate the Gyalwang Karmapa’s deep commitment to illuminating and building upon the interconnections that unite the world across differences of language, culture, Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Explores California’s Yosemite Park

(March 20, 21 & 22 – Yosemite National Park, California)

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa had the opportunity to spend a weekend immersed in California’s redwood forests. A committed environmental activist, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa often stresses the importance of connecting with nature. He has spoken of his own deep sense of closeness to nature, developed as a child in a remote corner of the high Tibetan plateau and replenished this weekend in the wilderness of California.
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Gyalwang Karmapa Pays Visit to Gyuto Foundation

(March 20, 2105 – East Richmond Heights, California)
As his final activity in the Bay Area for this trip, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa was given a ceremonial welcome on a visit this morning to Gyuto Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in East Richmond Heights, California. Gyuto Foundation is active in the Tibetan community, offering Dharma study classes for young Tibetans twice a month, in connection with the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

As the 17th Karmapa noted, Gyuto Foundation is also affiliated with Gyuto Tantric College in India, where he has resided for the past 15 years. “When I arrived from Tibet,” he said, “the initial plan was that I would stay at the Gyuto Temple for a few months and this opportunity was very graciously provided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, according to his instructions. That plan was that it would be more like a stay at a guesthouse … a brief stay, maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months. Here it is 15 years later, and I’m still living at the Gyuto Tantric College in Read the rest of this article

Karmapa in San Francisco – Talk for Tibetan Community

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(March 19, 2015, San Francisco, California) After delivering a public teaching in the morning and visiting the Kagyu Droden Kunchab center and American Himalayans Foundation in the afternoon, His Holiness the Karmapa continued devoting time to connecting with Tibetans. At the invitation of the Tibetan Association of Northern California, in the evening His Holiness the Karmapa proceeded across the bay to Richmond to deliver an address to over 1,300 Tibetans from around the region.

The event took place in a warehouse space on the waterfront. The setting was reminiscent of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa’s first major Dharma activity in San Francisco in 1974. At that time, thousands of people had crowded into a harborside hangar in Fort Mason, right across the water from where the 17th Karmapa addressed the Tibetan community.

This time, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa spoke to a gathering of over 1,300 Tibetans, who had assembled from all across northern California and beyond.

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In Visit to Facebook, Karmapa Encourages a More Compassionate Internet Culture

(March 18, 2015 – Menlo Park, California) Today His Holiness the Karmapa paid a visit to the global headquarters of Facebook. During this visit, the 29-year-old Buddhist leader was not merely exploring an important presence within today’s global society and popular culture. He was primarily connecting with leaders of a growing emphasis within American technology companies centered in Silicon Valley, who are working to find ways to make the Internet a kinder place. This emerging movement has roots in the mindfulness movement sweeping the United States, but also extends to efforts to foment greater empathy and compassion in society.

Although His Holiness the Karmapa did tour Facebook’s facilities, the bulk of the visit was given over to a roundtable discussion. Participants posed one question after another to the Karmapa, eliciting his counsel on methodology for cultivating compassion and his views on the use of the Internet in spreading meditation advice and his suggestions for how Facebook could be a force for healing broken Read the rest of this article