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The Gyalwang Karmapa Reaches Out to Displaced Children

Tong-len Charitable Trust, Sarah, Dharamsala, India
November 19, 2015

On this brilliant and crisp autumn day, the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to be the chief guest at the 11th Thanksgiving Day of Tong-len Charitable Trust and also to inaugurate its new building. Situated on the forested ridge of a valley below Dharamsala, the Trust’s major project is to provide health care and education to the children of the nearby Charan slum camp. Tong-len (tong meaning “to give to others” and len, the empathy that wishes to alleviate their suffering) was started in 2004 by Lobsang Jamyang, a Tibetan monk who felt a special sympathy for the young children of the camp, who affectionately call him Guruji. He started out helping 10 children and now their number has grown to 250.

When the Karmapa arrived at Tong-len, he was greeted with the traditional white scarves and escorted to the new building that houses dormitories, a leadership training space, and an interfaith room. Inaugurating Read the rest of this article

Connect with the Environment through Your Heart

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala, India
November 14, 2015

Today the delegates to the sixth Khoryug conference continued their discussions at Norbulingka Institute. Nestled back from the road between Dharamsala and Gyuto Monastery, the Institute offers an oasis of natural stone paths that wind over little streams and under leafy canopies of trees flush from monsoon rains. On the way to the radiant shrine hall where the Khoryug conference was held, participants pass a huge poinsettia tree cascading its starry red blossoms down to a pond while just beyond it, a mani wheel turns in the heart of a rivulet flowing down the hill. The site has provided a perfect setting for a conference on the environment.

This morning, the Gyalwang Karmapa came to speak especially with the new participants and explain the purpose of Khoryug and what it supports. By way of introduction he gave two reasons why he started Khoryug in 2009. On a personal level, he was born in an area of Eastern Tibet known as Lhatok where he lived a simple nomadic life, Read the rest of this article

Sixth Khoryug Conference On Environmental Protection For Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries & Nunneries In The Himalayas

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamsala, November 13-15, 2015

    “In order to save the Himalayas and Tibet from the threats of deforestation, climate change, and pollution, we have to be full of courage and believe whole heartedly that this endeavor is winnable. The alternative is unthinkable.”

    -His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Khoryug means ‘environment’ in Tibetan and the organization’s sixth conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries in the Himalayas has brought together 45 monastic delegates representing monasteries and nunneries in India, Nepal and Bhutan. The goal of the conference is to create the Next Five Year Action Plan for all Khoryug monasteries. A draft of the plan will be presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa when he addresses the conference on the final day.

The delegates will examine the previous five years of projects involving environmental issues such as water and energy conservation, reforestation, waste Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Talks with Tibetan Youth

2015.07.27 meeting with students
July 27, 2015 – Sidhbari, India
From July 1 to August 7, 2015, the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) is providing a summer school program to enable Tibetan children living abroad to learn Tibetan language, culture, and history along with the basic principles of Buddhism. Through visits and interaction with TCV children, the program allows Tibetan youth from abroad to experience firsthand the Tibetan exile community in India. These five weeks enable the children to get a feel for the Tibetan spirit, and this helps them to maintain their identity in exile. They can also come to a better understanding and appreciation for the Tibetan cause and aspirations. On the morning of July 27, the students from the summer school came to Sidhbari where the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke with them.

“I am delighted that you, who belong to this new generation of Tibetans, have come to study in Dharamshala our Tibetan language in its spoken and written forms. I’m also very happy Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Attends the Celebration of HH the Dalai Lama’s Eightieth Birthday

June 21, 2015 – Dharamsala, India
In the early hours of this Sunday morning, the lay and ordained Sangha were forming long lines to enter the grounds surrounding HH the Dalai Lama’s main temple. To celebrate his eightieth birthday, four thousand members of the ordained Sangha and some three thousand lay people would come to fill the temple verandas and the park area below.

The main lamas arrived at six am to begin their long life ceremonies for the Dalai Lama. Leading the pujas was HH Sakya Trizin Rinpoche and in addition to HH the Karmapa, among the great lamas present were Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Drikung Kyabgön Rinpoche, and Menri Trizin Rinpoche. As their chanting evoked the long life deities to bless the Dalai Lama, those outside the hall participated through watching the screens set out around the temple.

After the long-life pujas, a colorful procession, accompanied the Dalai Lama to the temple while he tempered its formality with his personal warmth, stopping to greet people along the way. Once he was on his throne Read the rest of this article