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Speaking on Environment, His Holiness Delivers Prestigious Chubb Lecture

2015.04.07 Chubb
(April 7, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) On his second day at Yale, the Karmapa delivered the Chubb Fellowship Lecture, entitled, “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.” This prestigious lecture was given in Woolsey Hall, an elegant space filled with the 2,500 people fortunate to have tickets. The front of the hall was filled with soaring organ pipes while two large screens flanked the Karmapa’s chair, set before a wide backdrop of indigo blue.

The Karmapa was first warmly welcomed by Jeffrey Brenzel, who is the master of Yale’s Timothy Dwight College, the official steward of the Chubb Fellowship. He listed the other sponsors of the Karmapa’s visit, which reflect the richness and diversity of Yale’s approach to the environment and its preservation: Yale Himalaya Initiative, the Forum on Religion and Ecology, the Department of Religious Studies, the Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Meets with Environmental Activists, Views Yale’s Rare Manuscript Collection

2015.04.07 Yale
(April 7, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) In advance of his afternoon Chubb Fellowship Lecture, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, spent the first part of the day touring Yale’s historic campus and meeting with students engaged in environmental projects.

His Holiness the Karmapa began the walking tour by entering through Phelps Gate, the grand entrance to Yale’s Old Campus where all incoming students reside for their first year at university. He paused at the base of the iconic statue of Theodore Dwight Woolsey, Yale’s president in the 19th century and founder of the university’s School of Fine Arts. The raised foot of the statue was burnished from centuries of students touching it for good luck, and His Holiness stretched out his hand, adding his touch to that of successive generations seeking to polish their collective knowledge.

As His Holiness the Karmapa and his guides meandered leisurely among the fine examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, a fine mist initially lent atmosphere to Read the rest of this article

Karmapa Commences Four-Day Environmental Visit to Yale

2015.04.06 Yale
(April 6, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) The 17th Karmapa arrived today at Yale University at 5 pm, and immediately embarked upon a full evening’s program. The Office of the President of Yale had arranged a special welcome reception for the Karmapa: the university counts among its thousands of employees a total of eight Tibetans. Those eight, along with their immediate family members, were invited by the Office of the President to give His Holiness a traditional Tibetan welcome on behalf of both the university and the Tibetan community. During the emotional reception, His Holiness granted each Tibetan an individual blessing, gave a name to the newborn child of one of those present and took a group photo with the Tibetans.

Next was a welcome dinner hosted by the steering committee of the Yale Himalaya Initiative, including George Joseph from Yale’s Office of International Affairs, Sir Peter Crane, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Read the rest of this article

KTC-NJ Members Receive Pith Meditation Instructions

2015.04.05KTC NJ Med
(April 5, 2015 – Mount Laurel, New Jersey) His Holiness the Karmapa spent the morning with members of the Karma Thegsum Chöling-New Jersey (KTC-NJ) Dharma center that is currently hosting him in southern New Jersey. In a session devoted to meditation instructions and answering practice questions, followed by group photos, His Holiness offered pith instructions and guided a meditation session for some 375 center members.

As he had done the day before in the public teachings held in the same venue, the 17th Karmapa began with an apparently heartfelt disclaimer that he himself had very little personal experience in meditation, yet went on to deliver the sort of pith teaching on meditation that made his humility all the more striking to those present.

He noted that one of the most widely known forms of meditation involves focusing one’s attention on the breath. “One of the reasons for this,” he commented, “is Read the rest of this article

The Karmapa Bestows Manjushri Empowerment

2015.04.04 KTC nj emp
(April 4, 2015 – Mt. Laurel, New Jersey) As if to reflect the shift into spring taking place now in southern New Jersey, branches of plum blossoms formed lacy rows of pink and green on either side of His Holiness the Karmapa’s throne at the venue for today’s Manjushri empowerment. On the left, a table held a bright array of multicolored lotuses to be offered to sponsors, and on the right, a shrine had been set up for the Manjushri empowerment this afternoon, following the morning session of teachings. Beneath a painting of this deity, who embodies all wisdom, the traditional seven offering bowls were laid out along with candles and the two ritual vases. The one connected to Manjushri was tied with a golden scarf while against it leaned a small image (known as a wong tsak) framed in red and depicting the two emblems associated with him: his gleaming upright sword set above a traditional Tibetan text.

Wearing the formal yellow Dharma robe, the Karmapa Read the rest of this article