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The Viewpoints of Both the East and the West Are Necessary: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the Fourth Mind and Life Conference at the Men-Tsee-khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute)

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October 12, 2016 – Dharamshala, India
This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest of honor at the opening of the Body, Mind and Life Conference, which took place for the fourth time at the Men-Tsee-khang College’s auditorium. Also present were the special guest, the Minister of Health Choekyong Wangchuk from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche along with many important officials from the CTA and the Men-Tsee-Khang. The conference focused on the pervasive problem of depression, looking at it from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and astrology as well as modern science.

Recalling that he had benefitted from attending Mind and Life conferences with HH the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa mentioned that he had studied some Read the rest of this article

Indian Psychology Students Join Karmapa for Week-long Dialogue on Emotions

2016-09-30
29 September, 2016 – Dharamsala, India
A group of 20 postgraduate students from the psychology department of Ambedkar University Delhi converged in Dharamsala this week for a series of interactions with His Holiness the Karmapa. Their discussions will explore the ways that Buddhism and modern psychology understand and address various human emotions. The emotions to be discussed over the course of the next 11 days were proposed by the psychology students and include: jealousy and envy; love and attachment; greed, desire and contentment; guilt and shame; stress and anxiety; fear, terror and courage; and, faith and hope.

Over the course of their stay in Dharamsala, the group will spend their days immersed in developing presentations for the Karmapa, meeting with His Holiness in his library at Gyuto Monastery, and then reviewing together what they Read the rest of this article

Writing from the Heart

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August 16, 2016 – Gurgaon, India
Following the advice of the Gyalwang Karmapa to practice the ten Dharma Activities, this evening everyone gathered again in the main hall to practice the first one: writing out the letters of the Dharma. On the tables in front of every cushion was an elegant, accordion-pleated book. It contained facsimiles of the Karmapa’s calligraphy in Chinese, including the Heart Sutra and the Praises of the Thirty-Five Buddhas. The texts had been screened so that the letters appeared in a soft shade of grey, giving a model to be copied over with the calligraphy pen set next to the book.

For over an hour the hall was filled with the spacious melody of a classical stringed instrument and the feeling of intense concentration as one nun reminded people to write Read the rest of this article

How to Truly Practice the Heart Sutra?

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August 16, 2016 – Gurgaon, HY, India
This afternoon, the Karmapa continued to discuss the eight sections and focused on the fifth point, the question Shariputra posed:

    Son of a noble family, how should any son or daughter of a noble family train when they wish to practice the profound perfection of wisdom?

The Karmapa narrowed his discussion to two phrases from this sentence: “son or daughter of a noble family” and the “wish to practice.” From the first, “son or daughter of a noble family” (in Sanskrit kulaputra and kuladuhitā), he selected the word family, which actually means “caste” in Sanskrit, while in a Buddhist context, it refers to those born into the mahayana who have become the Buddha’s child, hence son or daughter of the Buddha’s family or lineage. In a commentary on the Heart Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Unlocks the Door to the Heart of Wisdom Sutra

2016.08.15
August 15, 2016 – Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Today’s teachings represent two major firsts for the Gyalwang Karmapa: it is the first time he has taught a sutra of the Buddha, and it is the first time that he has given a course of teachings in Chinese. This event is taking place in the large conference hall of the Hyatt Hotel in Gurgaon where the stage has a simple wide couch with a brocade laid down the middle. Displayed on the screen behind the Karmapa is a golden image of the Buddha known as the Incense Cloud Buddha since through reciting his invocation, clouds of numerous appear, so in the Chinese tradition, he is often supplicated before a teaching. Afterward everyone recited the Vajradhara lineage Prayer and the Heart Sutra.

At the start of this teaching, the Karmapa remarked, “Today is the day India celebrates its independence, and Read the rest of this article