Today, in the morning of the 25th of April, in Nepal, the land where Lord Buddha was born, there occurred a devastating earthquake. Many thousands of people have been killed or injured, and historic buildings and private homes have been turned into ruins. As soon as I learned of this painful and distressing situation, I made my deepest aspiration prayers and dedications for all the people affected, and continue to do so. Especially at times when we are faced with such a desperate situation, we cannot sit idle, unfeelingly. We must join forces and carry the burden of sorrow together. It is important that each one of us light the lamp of courage. Additionally, it is important that each of the Karma Kagyu monasteries in Nepal, while looking after their own pressing needs for immediate protection, also extend any and all aid and protection they can to the public in their surrounding communities. From my own side, I will make every effort to come personally in the near future to offer my Read the rest of this article
July 9, 2011- Washington DC
His Holiness the Karmapa attended the third day of Kalachakra preliminary teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Verizon Center today. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave profound instructions on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation. His Holiness interspersed the teachings with personal anecdotes and exhortations that we should always find a reason to practice and meditate. He also took the time to demonstrate the Six Exercises of Naropa (Trul Khor), providing clear explanation for proper breathing and visualization during the exercises. The audience joyfully followed His Holiness’ directions as well as the tulkus and lamas on stage, including His Holiness the Karmapa.
Saturday morning, before a World Peace talk took place on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the 17th Read the rest of this article
May 3-22, 2011. Gyuto
His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa yesterday concluded a three-week series of teachings to a group of students from the University of Redlands in California, USA. The 16 students had travelled to India to study with His Holiness as part of a unique college course called: Sustainable Compassion: Conversations with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. The aim of the course was to allow the American students, nearly all non-Buddhists, to hear from His Holiness “what Buddhism can offer the global community,” according to the teacher leading the group, Professor Karen Derris, PhD (Harvard University).
Over the course of several months prior to their arrival in India for the classes with His Holiness, the students worked with their professor and a group facilitator to develop a list of ten topics that reflected their concerns for the world and for their own lives. Though Read the rest of this article
March 21, 2011 – Vajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath
The Gyalwang Karmapa today visited the Central University for Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, and delivered an address to its students and faculty. During his annual stays in Sarnath, the Gyalwang Karmapa often lectures at the institute, which is the first accredited university in India to offer academic degrees in Tibetan studies.
Vice Chancellor Geshe Ngawang Samten gave a warm speech of welcome, praising the Gyalwang Karmapa for the acute sense of responsibility for preserving Tibetan cultures that he has displayed over the years.
In his own address to the assembly, the Gyalwang Karmapa evoked the era when India was the far-away destination for Tibetan scholars and translators seeking Buddhist training and texts. His Holiness pointed out how many hardships these scholars of old had endured in Read the rest of this article
March 1, 2011. Bodh Gaya
Since February 26, His Holiness the Karmapa has been visiting Bodh Gaya, the place of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment and the holiest site for Buddhists worldwide. During his stay in Bodh Gaya, His Holiness is engaged in his winter meditation retreat at Tergar Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery founded by Yonge Mingyur Rinpoche.
While requesting that the press respect His Holiness’ privacy during his retreat and puja program in Bodh Gaya, Mingyur Rinpoche addressed a gathering of local press members. Mingyur Rinpoche is a world-renowned Buddhist teacher and author of the bestselling book, The Joy of Living.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Mingyur Rinpoche said, “We are very grateful that His Holiness’s name has been cleared.” Rinpoche thanked the Indian government and Tibetan government-in-exile and was also Read the rest of this article