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Announcement from The Karmapa’s Office of Administration with Regards to Canceled European Tour

April 20, 2010

The Karmapa’s Office of Administration (Tsurphu Labrang) would like to express its sincerest regrets and sadness that the Dharma tour program of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to Europe could not take place for reasons which have not yet been disclosed. We understand that this has created a lot of disappointment and frustration. However, we would like to request the many followers and devotees of His Holiness to take heart and not cast aspersion on any organization or government body for the cancellation of the tour.

We wish to thank the Government of India for all the assistance, hospitality and kindness that His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa has received after his arrival to India in the year 2000. We also thank Ven. Ringu Tulku and the organizers of the Europe Dharma Tour who have put in a lot of time and effort for many months in spite of their busy schedule and other commitments.

His Holiness’ announcement has said, “I hope that this is merely a temporary setback and that I will definitely be able to visit Europe in the near future.” Remembering this, we urge all to remain calm and collected.

Lama Phuntsok
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Gyalwang Karmapa’s Tour of Central and South India

February 21st to 24th, 2010 – Nagpur

By the invitation of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and the India Tibet Friendship Society, His Holiness visited Nagpur, Maharashtra from the 21st to the 24th of February, 2010.

On route from the airport to Ravi Bhavan, his place of residence, His Holiness visited Deekshabhoomi and felicitated two memorials of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, also known as Baba Saheb Ambedkar. (He was the person who was responsible for bringing about the Buddhist Movement in India amongst the Indian people. He was also the person who wrote the Constitution of India, which was amongst his many achievements.) In the afternoon, His Holiness had a press meeting at Partakar Bhavan, Sitabuldi, and thereafter proceeded to a reception and a religious discourse organized by the People’s Democratic Movement. The program was hosted by the PDM and presided over by Dr. Nitin Raut, Honorable Cabinet Miinster, Govt. of Maharashtra. The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) is an educational, cultural, social, literary and intellectual forum based on the philosophy of Tathagat Mahakarunik Bhagwang Gautam Buddha and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar based in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

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Gyalwang Karmapa Visits The Mahabodhi Stupa

December 7, 2009 – Bodhgaya

This is always the first major public engagement of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s winter pilgrimage to Bodhgaya. Accompanied by his entourage, His Holiness was received by the Secretary of the Mahabodhi Temple Committee, Mr Tenzin Namzey, and the Monk-in-Charge the Venerable Bande Chalinda.

Having completed an outer circuit of the temple grounds, His Holiness went directly down the main steps to the central shrine room within the Mahabodhi Stupa to pay homage. Having prostrated three times, he made offerings to the golden image of the Lord Buddha, housed within the inner shrine , and chanted prayers. As is the custom, the offerings included a new set of golden silk robes for the Buddha image. His Holiness then circumambulated the innermost circuit.

His Holiness moved on to visit the 5th International Pali Tripitaka Chanting Council Ceremony, which is taking place under the Bodhi Tree. Theravada Buddhists from nine countries – Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam– are represented. Each country has an area allocated at a point along the middle circuit which runs outside the stone palisade separating the Mahabodhi Temple from the temple grounds. Most have erected tented pavilions laid out and Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Visits Mysore and Speaks at TED India

November 4-7, 2009 – Mysore, India

His Holiness has completed his participation in the November 4-7 conference called TEDIndia, a belated coming-out party at the Infosys campus for the global rise of India and South Asia. Top thinkers from India and elsewhere, from a wide cross-section of disciplines, gave moving talks and shared ideas about how to grapple with and ameliorate some of India’s—and the world’s—most challenging problems through technology (T), education (E), and development (D). His Holiness attended talks and social gatherings for the first three days of the program and made many wonderful connections with talented people working to help the world.

On Friday, November 6, His Holiness took a break from his participation in TEDIndia to lead a prayer service in Mysore, organized by the South Zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council, for the victims of recent flooding in South Asia.

On Saturday, November 7, before TEDIndia’s live audience as well as those who viewed an international, live webcast sponsored by the Times of India, His Holiness gave his much-anticipated TEDIndia talk. His Holiness covered a wide array of topics, from remarks about his Read the rest of this article

Upcoming Nov 1-11 Program Schedule for His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa

November 1-11, 2009 – Mysore, Karnataka & Delhi

Nov 1: HHK leaves Gyuto. Arrives in Delhi.
Nov 2: HHK leaves Delhi. Arrives in Mysore.
Nov 4-7: HHK attends TED conference as a speaker and participant.
9:00am-3:00pm
Infosys Campus, Mysore, Karnataka
Nov 8: HHK leaves Mysore. Arrives in Bangalore.

HHK visits TCV Institution

HHK visits Tibetan Hostel
Srinivas Galu, Vivek Nagar Post, Bangalore city
Event includes giving blessings & teachings to the Tibetan people and Tibetan students

Nov 9: HHK leaves Bangalore. Arrives in Delhi.
Nov 10: HHK Gives a Dharma Teaching

As requested by Mrs. Palzees, Ongmo, Hon’ble Member, National Commission of Minorities, Govt. of India

Nov 11: HHK leaves Delhi. Arrives in Dharamsala. Returns to Gyuto.

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