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We Must Become Courageous

The India International Centre, New Delhi, India
November 8, 2015

Today the Gyalwang Karmapa continued his teachings under the auspices of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility as the main hall of the India International Centre filled again with people from thirty countries. He began by dispelling the misconception that Dharma could be focused on external appearances—the impressions that our speech and physical gestures make or even different kinds of rituals. Dharma means making our lives deeply meaningful, he said, and discovering the essence of why we are here. When practice comes from the depth of our being, it effects our mind, making it clearer and able to accomplish the goals we set. Bringing about this inner change is the focus of the second freedom from attachment:

If you are attached to samsara, you don’t have renunciation.

Through Dharma practice we can change our personality. “Often we think,” the Karmapa explained, “‘This is the way I am. It’s the way I’m made and it’s impossible to Read the rest of this article

How to Separate from Attachment

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The India International Centre, New Delhi, India
November 7, 2015

It is the seventh time now that The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama has hosted the Gyalwang Karmapa for a weekend of teachings in New Delhi. For this occasion, the stage of Indian International Centre’s main hall has been set up with a spacious white chair covered in red and gold brocade for the Karmapa, flanked by members of the ordained sangha in their burgundy robes, the eight auspicious symbols on backlit screens, and tall, double sprays of flowers in hues of red and white.

To explore the topic of this weekend’s teachings, entitled Science of the Mind, the Karmapa chose the famous verse, The Four Freedoms from Attachment, composed by the founding patriarch of the Sakya school, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo:

      If you are attached to this life, you’re not a Dharma practitioner.
      If you are attached to samsara, you don’t have renunciation.
      If you are attached to selfish Read the rest of this article

“The Greatness of Small Acts”: Gyalwang Karmapa Interacts with Students at the University of Delhi

31 January 2015, New Delhi

This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa made his first ever visit to the University of Delhi, where he interacted with students and faculty primarily from the Department of Buddhist Studies and spoke on ‘The Greatness of Small Acts’.

He was warmly welcomed to the university with a traditional Tibetan white silk scarf and bouquet of flowers by Professor Jain Khurana, Dean of Student Welfare and Professor Hira Paul Gangnegi, Head of the Department of Buddhist Studies.

The Karmapa appeared relaxed and lighthearted, joking with the students that he didn’t really think he could teach them much.

“I’ve had several opportunities to meet with students and we’ve had a wonderful chance to share experiences and ideas,” he said. “Sometimes the way I feel after these events is that I have so much to learn from hearing about your experiences and education, that in the end I get more out of it than you do!”

Over past years the Karmapa has held a series of sustained Read the rest of this article

The Gyalwang Karmapa Inaugurates the Exhibition of Buddhist Bhoti and Islamic Calligraphy

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8th August, 2014 – IIC New Delhi.

His Holiness the Gyawang Karmapa and Mr. Parvez Dewan, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India inaugurated an exhibition of Tibetan and Islamic Calligraphy to highlight creativity as the highest form of spirituality at the India International Centre, New Delhi.

An exhibition of Buddhist Bhoti and Islamic Calligraphy is being organised by the International Buddhist Confederation – IBC – in collaboration with the India International Centre in a bid to promote inter-faith understanding as its core agenda. They are also making an attempt to highlight the universal nature of basic goodness of all religions, interdependence and responsibilities.

The show, ‘Divinity in Syllables’, has brought together two calligraphers Jamyang Dorjee from Sikkim and Anis Siddiqui who have displayed their works.

Scholars and prominent guests from various fields attended the inauguration including Ven. Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Chancellor, Sanchi Read the rest of this article

Teaching the Path to Enlightenment at the Habitat Centre


1-2 November 2013 – Habitat Centre, New Delhi

At the invitation of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on 1 November 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa began two-day teachings at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The Gyalwang Karmapa offers these teachings annually to a small group of students, comprised mostly of his local Indian devotees. Teaching this year on Je Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim text ‘The Three Principal Aspects of the Path,’ he guided those gathered through the essential aspects of the Mahayana path to enlightenment – renunciation, bodhicitta, and wisdom.

With almost 300 people in attendance at the Silver Oak room, many of whom were seated on soft cushions at the Gyalwang Karmapa’s feet, the close and intimate atmosphere of the teachings resembled a gathering of family and friends. Registration to attend was booked out weeks in advance with a long wait-list, so this year the teachings were also broadcast live via webcast. Over 1300 viewers from across the world tuned into the live webcast, Read the rest of this article