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Karmapa’s Personal Request: Sangha Dedications to Survivors and Deceased Victims of Qinghai Earthquake

April 30, 2010

To the Source of Refuge, the Ocean-like Assembly of Sangha:

As you know, a devastating earthquake recently struck the area of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]. The earthquake took the lives of tens of thousands of humans and animals and left many survivors with serious injuries and intense physical and mental trauma. On top of all of this, Thrangu Monastery saw the destruction of its temple and its precious contents, as well as the deaths of several members of the monastic community. In short, the region and its inhabitants have undergone unbearable loss. Please think of both the survivors and the deceased with love and fondness. I humbly request you to thoroughly pray for them and dedicate your virtues to them with a heart of great compassion.

The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
April 26, 2010 Read the rest of this article

Message from Gyalwang Karmapa in Response to Devastating Earthquake Striking the Region of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]

April 14, 2010

I was extremely saddened to hear of the catastrophic loss of human life and the severe destruction caused by the recent earthquake in the region of Yushu in Tso-ngön [Qinghai Province]. I am now leading a group of Kagyü monasteries in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and other areas in prayers and virtuous activities dedicated to the deceased, so that their fears of the transitions between life and death may be eased. Through traditional offerings of respect, I have also formally requested the prayers of great masters from the various Tibetan spiritual lineages.

I am holding the survivors of this tragedy in my thoughts as well, and I hope that aid quickly reaches them. By bearing witness to the harshness of cyclic existence and allowing this to broaden our hearts and minds, may we all be able to extend our effort in meaningful ways, for the sake of both the living and the dead. I offer my deeply heartfelt aspiration Read the rest of this article

Karmapa in America ’08 DVDs Now Available

November 9, 2009

Last year, through our joint effort, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made his historic first visit to the U.S. He mesmerized audiences across America with his profound and compassionate teachings. Today, November 9, after much anticipation, those incredible teachings are finally available on DVD.

The new site (www.karmapafoundation.org) is now available with full information about the DVDs of the Karmap’s teachings, and links to our online Partner stores where you can pre-order them.

For those who were so fortunate to attend His Holiness Karmapa s precious teachings last year in the U.S., these DVDs will be a lasting reminder of the incredible experience of being in the presence of this young enlightened master. And for those who were not able to attend, the precious teachings His Holiness gave on his first American tour will now be available Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa’s Closing Remarks

Conference on Environmental Protection

His Holiness thanked everybody who had been involved in the conference, particularly Dekil Chungyalpa, without whom the conference would not have been possible, and congratulated the monasteries for participating in this second conference.

He said how much he appreciated their efforts but the motivation was important.  Working  for environmental protection should not be just to please him nor out of competitiveness with other monasteries, but should be done wholeheartedly with the motivation that environmental protection is  benefiting all sentient beings. They should hold this aspiration.

His Holiness reminded everybody that religious practice without ethical behaviour was empty.

On this planet, there are millions of insects, animals and plants. In order to survive, human  beings  need all of them.  It is not possible for humans to survive on their own.  Because all living things on this planet are interdependent, we all have to take an interest in and act to protect the environment for our own survival and happiness.

Likewise, Buddha’s teachings   frequently instruct us to work for the benefit of others and to stop harming them, but often   we do not know whether the everyday things we use are harmful Read the rest of this article