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His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Addresses World Buddhist Leaders

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10 September 2013 – Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

On 9 September 2013 His Holiness the Karmapa joined Buddhist leaders from around the world in New Delhi, where he was invited to speak at the opening session of the 1st Founding Members Conclave of the International Buddhist Confederation.

This major international conference brings together Buddhist leaders and representatives of Buddhist sanghas from throughout the world who are uniting under a new global Buddhist platform that will represent Buddhists worldwide, the International Buddhist Confederation.

The conference opened with a video address from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who thanked those gathered for their commitment to building a better world. Video messages followed from Nobel Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, as well from the Vatican. Statements of support were presented from the supreme heads of the Buddhist orders of Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China, and Mongolia, while other dignitaries to speak at the opening included Her Royal Highness Read the rest of this article

Announcing the Seventeenth Kagyu Gunchö
 Winter Dharma Teachings & Debates for Kagyu Shedras

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The 17th Kagyu Gunchö (Winter Dharma Gathering) will be held at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya again from December 3, 2013, to January 1, 2014. During the event, monks from more than ten Kagyu shedras (monastic colleges) will gather for a month of teachings, debate, study, and discussion. The main topics for debate will be the Intermediate Collected Topics (Düdra), the Types of Cognition (Lorik), and Types of Reasons (Takrik). As at the last Kagyu Gunchö, there will be a competition among the different shedras. The finals of the competition will be held on December 28.

During the Gunchö, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa will also continue the transmission and teaching of the Hundred Short Instructions by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje, resuming where he left off last year.

A special feature of this year’s program is the introduction of three debates on Madhyamaka philosophy. They will be held on December 10, December 18, and December 27. These debates will be not be held in the traditional Tibetan style but Read the rest of this article

“Tibetans Living In Free Countries Have A Great Responsibility”: Gyalwang Karmapa

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August 3rd 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

Meeting today in Dharamsala, India, with a large group of foreign-born Tibetan children who are currently on a Summer Camp Program, the Gyalwang Karmapa urged them to remember the difficulties faced by Tibetans living in Tibet.

The group of about 60 students included young Tibetans born in Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Ireland and France, who had travelled to India in order to learn about and experience more of their Tibetan cultural roots.

“There are a lot of difficulties that the Tibetans who live in Tibet face, and the responsibility to remove or eliminate those difficulties falls upon all of us who live in foreign countries,” the Gyalwang Karmapa told the young students. “It’s a great responsibility that we have.”

“For all of the Tibetans who live in free countries, who are scattered all over the world, for all of you it is your own individual responsibility. And this is something that you all have to know and understand for yourselves, before anyone else Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Spiritual Guidance To Young Scottish Students

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28 June 2013, Gyuto Monastery – Dharamsala

The Gyalwang Karmapa today met with students from the Edinburgh University Tibet Society, offering them practical and skillful guidance on dealing with the inner challenges encountered when working for the Tibet cause.

The group of 16 students, coming from countries including the United Kingdom, Norway and Japan, are visiting India in order to collaborate with the Students for a Free Tibet organization in Dharamsala.

He began by thanking the students sincerely for all their support for the Tibet cause. One of the students then explained to the Gyalwang Karmapa that those working actively for the Tibet cause are faced with very difficult and sometimes harrowing issues. “Often these issues give rise to very strong emotions,” she said, “so I am wondering how we can deal with these strong emotions in a positive way?”

In response the Gyalwang Karmapa offered several simple, practical and profound methods for coping with strong Read the rest of this article

‘I Express Myself Through Art’, The Gyalwang Karmapa Tells US Students

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28 May 2013 – Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala

When a group of students from Emory University in the United States recently visited the Gyalwang Karmapa, he spoke candidly with them about his life.

The group of around 26 students, led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, travelled to Gyuto Monastery during an annual study-abroad program, and spent about an hour with the Gyalwang Karmapa.

When asked by one student about the role of art in his life, the Gyalwang Karmapa responded,

“There could be a number of reasons why art is important, and it’s not necessarily important to everyone for the same reason. In my case, when the environment around me seems to be quite restricting, which happens to be often, and I feel the need to vent out this feeling of restriction that I’m bound by, then I want to put my feelings of creativity or imagination on paper or canvas and nobody’s trying to restrict me from doing that. For me art is a very important way to express myself under such circumstances, to have an outlet for my creative Read the rest of this article