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2015.03.26 Harvard's Talk
(March 26, 2015 – Cambridge, Massachusetts)
The spacious interior of Harvard’s Memorial Chapel quietly filled with students, faculty and special guests. Light was streaming in through the tall, arched windows and played off the delicate filigree of the altar gates. In front them an elegant chair had been set up for His Holiness the Karmapa, who appeared right on time, moving easily across the small stage to the waiting chair. This lama with the 900-year-old lineage is now present at the 350-year-old university, the oldest institution of higher learning in the US.

Professor David Hempton, the Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, welcomed the Karmapa with warm words and the gift of a silver memorial bowl inscribed to him “with highest appreciation on the occasion of his historic visit to the Harvard Divinity School.” Professor Hempton recalled that the 16th Karmapa had come to the Harvard Divinity School in 1976, and that now the Divinity School hosted a thriving Buddhist Read the rest of this article

Preserving the Literary Tradition of Tibet: The Karmapa Visits the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

2015.03.26
March 26, 2015-Cambridge, Massachusetts
On his first day in Cambridge, His Holiness the Karmapa was invited to lunch at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) on Harvard Square whose mission of preserving and making texts available lies close to the Karmapa’s heart. TBRC was founded in 1999 by the great Tibetologist Gene Smith with the goal of sustaining and making accessible to anyone, anywhere, the whole range of Tibetan literature.

During his visit, the Karmapa blessed the offices, and then the staff explained their work to him. TBRC scans texts and serves as a repository for eTexts, while cataloguing and organizing them all into a modern digital library, which makes them easy to find. TBRC also seeks out rare or undiscovered texts and makes everything available online and in remote locations. This largest Tibetan library in the world (over ten million pages scanned and one million pages of eTexts) is now a part of the Harvard Library so that the texts and immense database of information will be preserved into the distant Read the rest of this article

His Holiness Spends his First Day on Redlands Campus

2015.03.23

(March 23, 2015 – Redlands, California) As many a new student had done before him, His Holiness the Karmapa set out today for his first day of college classes, armed with a notebook and pen emblazoned with the name of the university on it. Like any other student at a private liberal arts college, His Holiness was signed up to take classes in various disciplines across the humanities—theatre arts and religious studies on his first day, music on his second.

Most students, however, are not greeted by the president of the university as they take their first step on campus. Most freshmen in their very first class at college do not hear their classmates discuss a play they themselves have written. Nor does the university fly on its campus flagpole a flag associated with their lineage. Very certainly, most incoming students are not about to be granted an honorary doctorate on their second day of class.

Such was the not-so-typical first day of school for the 17th Karmapa today, as he enjoyed his very first university classroom experience. Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Explores California’s Yosemite Park

2015.03.20
(March 20, 21 & 22 – Yosemite National Park, California)

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa had the opportunity to spend a weekend immersed in California’s redwood forests. A committed environmental activist, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa often stresses the importance of connecting with nature. He has spoken of his own deep sense of closeness to nature, developed as a child in a remote corner of the high Tibetan plateau and replenished this weekend in the wilderness of California.
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Gyalwang Karmapa Pays Visit to Gyuto Foundation

2015.03.19
(March 20, 2105 – East Richmond Heights, California)
As his final activity in the Bay Area for this trip, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa was given a ceremonial welcome on a visit this morning to Gyuto Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in East Richmond Heights, California. Gyuto Foundation is active in the Tibetan community, offering Dharma study classes for young Tibetans twice a month, in connection with the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

As the 17th Karmapa noted, Gyuto Foundation is also affiliated with Gyuto Tantric College in India, where he has resided for the past 15 years. “When I arrived from Tibet,” he said, “the initial plan was that I would stay at the Gyuto Temple for a few months and this opportunity was very graciously provided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, according to his instructions. That plan was that it would be more like a stay at a guesthouse … a brief stay, maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months. Here it is 15 years later, and I’m still living at the Gyuto Tantric College in Read the rest of this article