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The Winter Debates in Bodhgaya

19th December – Bodhgaya.

The sixteenth session of the Winter Debates began this year on November 23 at Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, India. The daily schedule included debates during the morning and in the afternoon, the Karmapa’s teaching on a text by the Eighth Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje, called The One Hundred Short Instructions. Throughout his presentation, the Karmapa emphasized the importance of balancing study with practice, of tempering intellectual pursuit with realization arising from experience. In the Tibetan tradition, debating is an integral part of intellectual and experiential training. Its purpose is to probe an individual’s knowledge of Dharma, to remove doubts, and to elucidate what is not clear. Debating helps to ensure that understanding does not stay at the level of words, but goes deeper into the meaning. It also allows a great number of topics to be explored in a short time and to be retained more easily.

The custom of debating entered into the Kagyu tradition through the great scholar, Chapa Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches Daily During The Annual Winter Debates

11th December – Bodhgaya.

From 23 November to 11 December the Gyalwang Karmapa taught daily during the annual winter Kagyu Gunchoe Debates at Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya. Over this three-week period he offered the reading transmission and teachings on a text by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje, called One Hundred Short Instructions (Tri-thung Gyatsa). “I like this text very much,” he commented on the first day of the teachings, adding that in Tibet he used to read it aloud to others as a hobby or to pass the time.

The Gyalwang Karmapa taught primarily to an audience of Khenpos and monks participating in the winter debates, however, simultaneous translations into English and Chinese were offered, and many international students also attended. The number of international students grew day by day, until the gompa quickly reached capacity.

The Eighth Karmapa’s text One Hundred Short Instructions is divided into chapters covering a broad range of topics, arranged according to the path the Read the rest of this article

Gyalwang Karmapa Graces TCV’S 52nd Founding Anniversary

23rd October – TCV, Dharamsala.

The Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School today marked its 52nd anniversary that was presided over as the Chief Guest by the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee.

“Taking this opportunity, I would like to request the students not to waste their precious youth and concentrate their time on education,” His Holiness said while expressing that it is also important to impart traditional as well as modern education.

Ngawang Phelgye, the Chief Justice Commissioner of the exiled Tibetan Justice Commission; Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile; Read more

Exile Filmmakers Must Remember Situation in Tibet, Says Gyalwang Karmapa

16th October – Norbulingka, Dharamsala.

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje reminded exile film enthusiasts of the situation in Tibet and the Tibetans who have risked everything in communicating Tibet’s desperate situation to the outside world through visuals.

Gyalwang Karmapa was speaking at a benefit event held yesterday for the upcoming fourth ‘Tibet Film Festival’ at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala.

Organised by the Swiss-based Filming for Tibet, the Festival is dedicated to imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was detained shortly after completing filming on his documentary film ‘Leaving Fear Behind’.

The Festival, which will be held simultaneously in Dharamshala from October 27 to 28 and in Zurich from October 26 to 27 with a similar programme, also aims to support and give platform to young Tibetan filmmakers.

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Tenshug Offering to His Holiness The Dalai Lama

28th September – Tsuglakhang, Dharamsala.

This morning, the Central Tibetan Administration, on behalf of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, offered a tenshug (long-life prayer offering) to the Dalai Lama.

The heads of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism including the Bon tradition gathered together in the main temple to unanimously offer the tenshug. The four-hour-long prayer was led by the Sakya Trizin; he was supported by the Gyalwang Karmapa and Drikung Kyabgon representing Kagyu, the Gaden Tripa representing Gelug, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche representing the Nyingma and Menri Trizin representing Bon.

This tenshug was organized at the end of the Second Special Meeting of Tibetans (September 25-28) which had been called by the Kashag and Tibetan Parliament in Exile in order to hold extensive discussions on campaign ideas and plans for action by exile Tibetans in light of the critical situation inside Tibet.

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