2016/12/09

Live Webcast - Palpung Guru Rinpoche Lama Dance 2016




Vajra Nyitham (Sacred Lama Dances of Guru Rinpoche)

  9th Dec 2016, 07:30 AM (India Time GMT+5:30)


The link will be opened between 7:00-8:00 India time. (Not in Youtube)
http://www.palpung.org/english/pava/webcast/gururinpoche_lamadance.asp

Schedule for 8-9-10 December at Sherabling



2016/12/08

KARMAPA’S ARUNACHAL VISIT SIGNALS SHIFT IN STAND - Hindustan Times



6 Dec 2016
Naresh K Thakur
Naresh.kumar4@hindustantimes.com


Photo by Kunjang Tenzing

DHARAMSHALA : For more than a decade since his stunning escape from the Chinese-controlled Tibet, Ogeyn Trinley Dorje, has been seen in less reverential terms by the government.

He has lived under the watchful eyes of Indian intelligence agencies and his movement was restricted around his exile home in Dharamshala.

However, Dorje, the 17th reincarnation of Karmapa Lama, the head of powerful Karma Kagyu sect, has been comparatively liberated of all those restraints as India’s policy with regards to the 31-year-old spiritual leader is undergoing a paradigm transition. The government of India allowing Dorje to visit the border area Twang in Arunachal Pradesh is a sign of this policy shift. According to the reports, the schedule was enabled after the cabinet committee on security chaired by PM Narendra Modi reviewed the directive on his movement within India.



2016/12/07

Eurasia Review: India’s Rebuff To China On Arunachal Pradesh – OpEd



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Location of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Source: Wikipedia Commons.

The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje visited Arunachal Pradesh, which is northeastern state of India, a few days back. He was accompanied by a minister of the Government of India, obviously indicating that the government of India recognizes and respects the position of 17th Karmapa and his importance.
China, which is now known for maintaining abrasive relationship and overbearing attitude towards several of it’s neighbors, objected to the visit of the Tibetan spiritual leader to Arunachal Pradesh, as China claims that Arunachal Pradesh is part of China.
China’s false claims
As in the case of China’s claims in other regions such as South China Sea and Senkaku island, China unjustifiably and unilaterally claims that Arunachal Pradesh in India is southern part of Tibet and belongs to it.
India has repeatedly rejected China’s claims on Arunachal Pradesh and conveyed it’s protest on various occasions but China has persisted with it’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is part of Tibet. This is totally unacceptable, since Arunachal Pradesh has been part of India ever since India’s independence and much before that and has not been part of Tibet.
In any case, China itself has occupied Tibet forcibly, driving many Tibetans out of Tibet and making them seek asylum in other countries and living as refugees for several decades now. The world conscience is disturbed that violence and force appear to have won as China has been occupying Tibet and it’s aggression has appeared to have paid dividend to it. Apart from the fact that China itself is a occupier of Tibet , it’s claim that Arunachal Pradesh is also a part of Tibet amounts to adding insult to injury.
Massive reception to the Karmapa
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh was the first to the area in the past 900 years, since the third Karmapa visited it. During his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh , he toured West Kameng district and preached to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang. Massive reception was accorded to the 17th Karmapa and he spoke about the need for love and compassion.
In a typical arrogant tone that China is now known for, China has given unsolicited advice to India not to” complicate the boundary question”. China’s foreign ministry’s spokesman said with an air of false innocence that “we should ensure peace and stability of border areas and sound and steady development of bilateral relations serves the common interests of the two sides”
“Superiority complex”
In the last few decades, it appears that China has developed sort of “superiority complex” in dealing with its neighbors and it is giving an impression that it thinks that due to its massive size, population and economy, the neighbouring countries have no alternative other than bowing to the dictates of China and succumbing to it’s pressure.
China’s occupation of Tibet several decades back and many countries meekly accepting China’s aggression in Tibet as a fact of life , appears to have given China confidence that it can have it’s way everywhere and at all times. Such attitude of China has already sent alarming signal among its neighbors, who have started thinking that some concerted efforts have to be made to put China in it’s place, so that China would deal with them in an appropriate manner. One only hopes that China would read the signal properly and reshape its policies which appear to be expansionism in style and substance.
Can be a turning point
Modi government should be congratulated for standing up to China and permitting the visit of 17th Karmapa to Arunachal Pradesh and also sending a minister to accompany 17th Karmapa. This is a bold attempt by government of India to call the bluff of China and emphatically rejecting it’s claim on Arunachal Pradesh.
India’s rebuff to China by encouraging the visit of 17th Karmapa to Arunachal Pradesh can be a turning point.

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2016/12/06

Tibetan religious leader Karmapa visits Arunachal Pradesh to China protests - TPI


Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Abhishek Nair


His Holiness the Karmapa received by officials and devotees upon his arrival in Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: TPI

Dharamshala  — The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje concluded a historic visit to the bordering state of Arunachal Pradesh on December 5th after an eventful and rousing reception from the people there, as well as the state government.
The four day trip included a visit Sera Je Jamyang Choekorling monastery, the Sangyeling monastery and the famous Tawang monastery in Tawang, an area China claims to be of their own as part of southern Tibet.
The 17th Karmapa during his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh toured West Kameng district and gave a teaching to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang.
Over his four day trip, His Holiness visited over twenty monasteries and religious sites and made connections with more than thirty thousand people. Thousands of devotees, including hundreds from neighbouring Bhutan also came to listen to the preachings of the Karmapa, said an official.
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs who met the Karmapa in Bomdilla tweeted, “Massive reception to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje who is on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh to spread love & compassion,” also adding in another tweet, “After 900 years, HH The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa could again visit Mon region in Arunachal Pradesh. The last visit was by The 3rd Karmapa.”
Secretary to the Office of the Karmapa, Karma Dorjee Namgyal Khortsa, said, “Although the trip is just for a few days, the Karmapa was happy to have met all those people and visit even the smallest of temples and shrines in the area. Chief Minister Pema Khandu was a gracious host accompanying us for a day from 6 o’clock in the morning till evening. Minister Kiren Rijiju, MHA advisor Amitabh Mathur and other dignitaries made the visit worthwhile and fruitful.”
Reacting to India allowing Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa to visit Arunachal Pradesh, China has apparently expressed hope that New Delhi would refrain from taking any action that might 'complicate the boundary dispute.'
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said after the trip, "China's position on the East section of the China-India border is clear and consistent. We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question."
Arunachal CM Pema Khandu who received the Karmapa and accompanied him during some of his schedule earlier this week said the Karmapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are “honored guests” of India which makes their freedom of movement an Indian affair and that China should not intervene in India’s “internal matter”.
The Karmapa is the third most prominent figure after Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the age-old Karma Kagyu lineage and was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa.
For many centuries, he has had a connection with the high summits and Buddhist followers of the region. His first incarnation, Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), visited and founded monasteries there, and the relationship continued with the 3rd and 4th Karmapas while the last visit was made by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603).


Schedule for 8-9-10 December at Sherabling



Day One
8th December, 2016 Thursday

0900 hrs A Grand Reception of the His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat. Procession to the Main Shrine, lightening of Butter lamp, and seat on Dharma throne. 
0915 hrs Welcome Speech and Introduction of Program by Kyorpon Dawa Tsering 
0925 hrs Offering of Body, Speech and Mind by Sanghas, Same time Reading of the Auspicious Five Perfect Conditions by Khenpo Thupten Karma. 
1000 hrs Service of Butter Tea and Sweet Rice 
1015 hrs Brief Introdution of the Black and Red Crown Lineage 
1045 hrs Conclusion of Morning ceremony with Dedication prayer 
1200 hrs Lunch 
1330 hrs Continuation of preliminary Vajra Nyitham (Cham) without mask after
His Holiness preside on the stage 
1800 hrs Dinner
Day Two
9th December, 2016 Friday

0200 hrs Ritual Practice Eight Chapters of Tsechu Sangdhu 
0600 hrs Actual Vajra Nyitham (Lama Dance) with mask 
1000 hrs Recess 
1015 hrs Arrival of Special Guest 
1030 hrs Begining of the Actual Ceremony 
1035 hrs Welcome Speech and Introduction of Ceremony by Khenpo Karma Dakpa 
1040 hrs Introduction of Fire Male Monkey Year Tsechu (Guru Padmasambhava) and its related Vajra Nyitham (Cham) 
1055 hrs Address by the Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa 
1105 hrs Address by the His Excellency Mr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong of the CTA 
1125 hrs Address by the His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa 
1145 hrs Ceremony conclude with words of thank by Khenpo Jamyang Lodoe 
1200 hrs Lunch 
1300 hrs The Grand Procession and Vajra Nyitham of Guru Padmasambhava and Eight Manifestations 
1800 hrs Dinner
Day Three
10th December, 2016 Saturday

0830 hrs Arrival and grand reception at Palpung Lungrig Jampal Ling Shedra 
0900 hrs Empowerment of Guru Rinpoche and Teaching by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa 
1100 hrs Offering Ceremony to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa while Reading of detail Mandala by Lopon Karma Sonam and Reading of Offering List by Kyorpon Choying Kunchab 
1130 hrs Conclusion of Morning ceremony with dedication prayer 
1200 hrs Lunch 
1330 hrs Introduction of the Ceremony by Khenpo Thupten Karma 
1335 hrs Presentation on Four Dharma of Gampopa by Khenpo Jampa 
1355 hrs Presentation on Tibetan Medicine (sowa rigpa) by monk student of Palpung
Universities of Buddhist Science 
1410 hrs Debate on Madhyamaka Philosophy (uma) by monk students of Shedra 
1425 hrs Discussion on Grammar of Situ Penchen (Situ Drelchen) by monk students of Drarig Tsuklak 
1455 hrs Debate Presentation on collected topics (du-zhung) by nun students of Palpung Yeshi Rabgyeling 
1510 hrs Discussion on Vajrayana by monk student of Shedra 
1540 hrs Debate on collected topics (du-zhung) by monk students of Tsokdra 
1555 hrs History of Astrology ( tsi-rigpa) by Kyorpon Ngawang 
1625 hrs Conclusion of the ceremony 
1830 hrs Dinner 
1930 hrs Introduction of the Ceremony by Sangye Norbu 
1935 hrs Introduction of Dance & Music, Arts by School Principal Lama Karma Topgyal 
1945 hrs Palpung Riglam Kyedtsal School’s sangha student will perform Tibetan & Himalayan Cultural Dance and Music 
2200 hrs Conclusion with word of thank by Sangye Norbu


Painting, Medicine, and Deer Park: The Gyalwang Karmapa Visits the Bir Tibetan Colony




November 20, 2016 – Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India


After lunch at Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute, the Gyalwang Karmapa and Khyapje Dzongsar Khyentse departed for the nearby Tibetan Colony of Bir. Their first stop was an exhibition of paintings in the Karma Gardri (the Karmapa’s encampment) style. Under the guidance of Kelsang Dorje from Derge, a group of seven young painters from all over Tibet had formed a new organization, called the Park for the Flourishing of the Tibetan Karma Gardri Traditional Art of Thangka Painting.
The Karmapa inaugurated their initial exhibit by signing a poster-sized letter commemorating the occasion as well as a painting of White Tara and the central thangka of the Buddha Descending from Tushita, which celebrated this very day in the Tibetan calendar. An artist himself, the Karmapa walked around the entire exhibit looking carefully at each of the paintings and sometimes asking questions of the painters.
Afterward he was invited to a spacious tent nearby for tea. From here he addressed the large group of mostly Tibetans who had assembled for the occasion in their best dress. The Karmapa first thanked the painters for arranging this exhibit of their Karma Gardri thangkas and also for creating an organization to preserve and develop this remarkable tradition.
The most extensive descriptions of this style, the Karmapa commented, are found in Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s Treasury of Knowledge in the section about the fine arts, and in particular about painting. The Karmapa related that the Karma Gardri style was brought into being by the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554), the 5th Shamar Kunchok Yenlak (1525 to 1583), and the 3rd Gyaltsap Drakpa Paljor (1519-1549). To know this history better, the suggested that much more research should be done based on a broad perspective.
In general it is taught that three learned and noble painters with the name Tashi—Cho Tashi, Karma Tashi, and Namkha Tashi—were the main exemplars and proponents of the Karma Gardri tradition. The Karmapa noted that Cho Tashi and Karma Tashi lived during the same century but Namkha Tashi lived between the time of the 8th and 9th Karmapas, and so their education and their way of painting differed somewhat.
Among the three, the Karmapa said, it seems rather certain that Cho Tashi created the more than fifty paintings (the entire set did not survive), which belong to the Drukpa Kagyu Golden Garland and found at Kampa Gar. There is also scriptural attribution for these, so the Karmapa concluded that one could say they are by Cho Tashi. On the other hand, the Karmapa commented, we do not seem to have any paintings by Karma Tashi that can be confirmed as his.
The life story of Situ Chokyi Jungne (or Situ Panchen, 1700-1774) speaks of Namkha Tashi’s way of depicting the eight main bodhisattvas, which this third Tashi seems to have often painted. In museums around the world, there are many thangkas illustrating these eight bodhisattvas, and among them, the Karmapa thought that there might be a painting by Namkha Tashi or perhaps copies of his work.
Speaking more generally of the rime tradition, the Karmapa commented that creating thangkas is not just a question of being skilled enough to paint an image, but one should also study the philosophical systems, the tradition’s view and practice, and its lineage of texts. To preserve the painting traditions of Tibet, he stated, we need to preserve the tradition in its entirety. Further, the Karmapa noted, the painters who created the paintings on exhibit today are excellent artists, but this is not always the case with all the images on offer these days in Nepal and India. Since many of these new artists do not really know the Tibetan tradition of painting, it is important to preserve this heritage the Tibetans have received from their ancestors and their culture in general.
Nowadays cultural traditions are sharing with each other, the Karmapa observed. In the past Tibetans have said, “This is a jewel from my Tibetan cultural heritage, and I’ll not give it out.” But now is a time of cultural exchange. We imitate what others are doing and they imitate us, so it is not just the Tibetans who are practicing in these traditions. However, he cautioned, we do have responsibility to protect and sustain the Tibetan traditions.
To illustrate this, the Karmapa drew an analogy to the custodian (chos bdag) of a terma or rediscovered text. This holder of the terma is not the only one allowed to do the practice, but certainly does represent the main one who takes care of it. In the same way, the Tibetans are the ones responsible for their traditional fine arts. If they do not take care of them, these arts will lose their roots or others could take them over. The Karmapa emphasized again that Tibetans need to preserve not only their tradition of painting, but also their philosophical traditions, history, and culture. We all have to work together, he urged, and make efforts so that these do not decline. With this encouragement, the Karmapa concluded his talk with thanks to the organizers and the group of young painters and their teacher. The Karmapa then walked a short distance across the road to bless a new medical clinic for the local population.
The Karmapa’s final destination was Deer Park, the original Dzongsar shedra (monastic college) and now a place of retreat and conferences. With Dzongsar Khyentse leading the way, the Karmapa visited the Manjushri Hall, enshrining an unusual statue of the deity with a seemingly irrepressible smile just starting to emerge. Afterward they stopped by the kids’ playroom on their way to have tea on the veranda of the restaurant. The atmosphere was light and informal, the tea coming in an earthy French blue pot as the two Rinpoches conversed across the table. It was a lovely way to end this special day.

2016/12/05

China urges India not to 'complicate' border dispute as Tibetan figure visits - Reuters



WORLD NEWS | Mon Dec 5, 2016


File photo: Karmapa Lama (C) alights from a car before his departure to Mumbai, at the airport on the outskirts of the northern Indian hilltown of Dharamsala May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Shailesh Bhatnagar


China called on India on Monday not to do anything to complicate their border dispute after a senior exiled Tibetan religious leader visited a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China.

The Karmapa Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's third-most-senior figure who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the remote eastern Himalayas.

China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly occupied by Chinese forces during a 1962 war.

Asked about the trip, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said India was clear about China's position on the eastern end of their border.

"We hope the Indian side can respect the relevant consensus of both sides, and not take any actions that may complicate the border issue," Lu told a daily news briefing.

Maintaining peace and stability on the border and the healthy development of relations was in both parties interests, he added.

Leaders of Asia's two giants pledged last year to cool their festering border dispute, which dates back to their brief 1962 border war.

India is home to a large exiled Tibetan community, including spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who China reviles as a separatist.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk says he simply wants genuine autonomy for his homeland.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)


Karmapa’s Arunachal visit: China hopes India would not complicate border issue - Indian Express



The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje last week visited Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as a part of southern Tibet.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:December 5, 2016



Photo by Kunjang Tenzing



Reacting mildly to India allowing Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa to visit Arunachal Pradesh, China today expressed hope that New Delhi would refrain from taking any action that might complicate the boundary dispute. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje last week visited Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as a part of southern Tibet. Replying to a question on his visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “China’s position on the East section of the China-India border is clear and consistent. We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question.”
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“To ensure the peace and stability of the border areas and sound and stable development of the bilateral relationship serves the common interest of the two sides,” he said.
Asked whether China has lodged any protest with India in this regard, he said China and India are in “constant communication on this”.
“The Indian side is clear about solemn position when it comes to boundary question,” he said.
The 17th Karmapa during his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh toured West Kameng district and preached to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had thanked Prime MinisterNarendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.
China’s reaction to Karmapa’s visit appeared far more guarded and mild compared to its response on India granting permission in October this year to the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
There is also no direct criticism of Karmapa unlike the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing calls a separatist and a politician in the garb of religious leader.
China routinely objects to visits by the Dalai Lama, Indian leaders as well as foreign dignitaries to Arunachal Pradesh.
On October 24, China took exception to the visit of Richard Verma, the US envoy in India, to Arunachal Pradesh.
The border dispute between India and China covers the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/karmapas-arunachal-visit-china-hopes-india-would-not-complicate-border-issue-4411580/



After 400 years the Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to Arunachal Pradesh




November 28 to December 2, 2016 – West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, India



Traveling across the length of India’s Himalayas, from his temporary residence in Himachal Pradesh in the west all the way to the eastern peaks, the Gyalwang Karmapa made an historic journey to Arunachal Pradesh. For many centuries, he has had a connection with this beautiful realm of high summits and Buddhist followers: his first incarnation, Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), visited and founded monasteries here, and the relationship continued with the 3rd and 4th Karmapas while the last visit was made by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603).
Aware of this former connection and wishing to hear his teachings, the Monpa people from the west of Arunachal requested their Chief Minister Pema Khandu to facilitate a visit by the Karmapa. Subsequently the Chief Minister and the Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju worked tirelessly to make it possible. Concerning the Karmapa’s response to the official invitation, CM Pema Khandu reported, “I am very happy for the people that due to our good karma His Holiness accepted the invitation in one go.” Highlights of the Karmapa’s landmark visit follow.


November 28, 2016

On the morning of the first day, the Karmapa arrived at the Guwahati Airport to a warm welcome from CM Pema Khandu who helicoptered with him to the Changprong helipad. Here, accompanied by Amitabh Mathur, an advisor to the Ministry of Home Affairs, His Holiness was given a grand reception by local government officials and religious leaders. From the helipad, he drove to Tawang Monastery with a stop at Sangyelling Monastery on the way. Passing through crowds of the faithful, the Karmapa paused to bless a few fortunate ones before circumambulating a majestic stupa and entering the main shrine hall for traditional rituals of welcome.
Resuming his journey His Holiness arrived in the town of Tawang, where the roads approaching its famous monastery were lined with women, men, and children holding their white scarves, flowers, and incense to give the Karmapa a warm and enthusiastic reception. They had been joyfully anticipating his visit and spent days in preparation, tidying up the approaching roads and whitewashing the walls. In a later interview the Karmapa said that this eager welcome had made him very happy. He felt the whole area to be peaceful and was glad to be reviving this 900-year- old connection.
His Holiness first paid a visit to the Sera Jay Jamyang Choekorling Monastery where he was presented with the traditional offerings of a mandala and the supports of body, speech, and mind. Following ritual ceremonies, he witnessed the monks in a lively debate before departing to Tawang Monastery. Famous as one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, Tawang Monastery (officially known as Ganden Namgyal Lhatse) spreads its white and red buildings down green mountain slopes overlooking the Tawang River valley and the snow-capped mountains beyond.
The Karmapa participated in a ceremony of planting trees at the monastery, an activity in line with his deep commitment to the environment. Afterward in the main shrine hall, filled with burgundy rows of the Sangha, His Holiness was offered another mandala and the supports of body, speech, and mind by the Abbot of Tawang Monastery, the Chief Minister, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and the various dignitaries who attended the program.
Speaking to the assembly, the Karmapa expressed his gratitude, as he would throughout the tour, to the CM Pema Khandu and the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rajiju for taking the initiative of this visit and making it possible. Addressing the people who had gathered at the monastery, the Karmapa encouraged them to have unswerving faith in the Buddha’s teachings and in His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is important, the Karmapa further advised, not only to study the Buddhist teachings but also to make them an integral part of our daily lives as well. He also stressed the importance of discipline for the monks and nuns and urged all the Sanghas to cultivate a resonant harmony among themselves, thereby preventing outside forces from hampering the progress of Buddhism in this Monyul area of Arunachal.
The official program for the day ended with lama dances performed by the monks of Tawang Monastery and cultural dances of Monyul region offered by groups from various villages.



November 29, 2016

On this second day, over 20,000 people gathered in the outskirts of Tawang at the High Altitude Stadium, facing the Yid Gha Chozin Monastery. From the Karmapa’s perspective on the monastery’s veranda, a massive crowd extended out in front of him like an ocean filling the encircled space. His Holiness bestowed the long-life empowerment of Amitabha and also gave teachings to everyone—the religious scholars, monks, nuns, high profile dignitaries, and the thousands who had come from near and far for this special occasion.
After mentioning the views of Indian Buddhist Philosopher, Nagarjuna, His Holiness advised that maintaining good health is as important as receiving long life empowerments. The Karmapa encouraged everyone to practice compassion—the essence of Buddha’s teachings—and noted that it also promotes a peaceful mind, which in turn helps to extend our lives. The Karmapa further spoke of the long relationship between the Karmapas and the Monpa people going back 900 years to his first incarnation.
In welcoming the His Holiness earlier, CM Pema Khandu thanked the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh for honoring his request for the visit of the Karmapa to Arunachal. He also thanked the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju for pursuing the invitation and taking care of the necessary formalities.
The Chief Minister related that the people of Monyul had long aspired to receive the blessings of His Holiness and hoped that the Karmapa’s spiritual blessings and guidance would help all to become better human beings. He emphasized that in these times torn by hatred and violence, the Buddhist philosophy of compassion is needed by the entire world. Finally, turning to the study of Tibetan language, dear to the Karmapa’s heart, CM Pema Khandu informed His Holiness that the study of Tibetan (Bhoti) had been introduced into the schools as a third language. The Chief Minister said that the hoped it will help people to understand the ancient Buddhist scriptures and lead to deeper spiritual lives.
The afternoon saw His Holiness traveling to the Kala Wangpo Convention Hall, where on a stage decorated with a bright bunting of flowers, he was seated beneath a painting of the Buddha. While at the hall, he interacted with intellectuals, teachers, and scholars who had come to be with him. The Karmapa prefaced his talk by saying how glad he was to visit this northeastern part of India, because historically there is a deep and abiding relationship between the people of this area and the Karmapas. He then spoke to officials and students on “Buddhist Philosophy and Its relevance to the Present Times.”
Afterward His Holiness departed to visit Urgyen Ling Gompa, the small, picturesque monastery of wood and white walls that marks the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706). After a very full day, the Karmapa returned to Tawang Monastery for the night.



November 30, 2016

On the morning of his third day in Arunachal, His Holiness departed Tawang early, making a brief visit to Mazang Dhung Buza in the main market of Tawang on his way to Mon Parong Jangchup Choekhorling Monastery. Here he would perform a consecration ceremony at the newly built monastic complex, which belongs to his Kagyu lineage. The monks received him with a heartfelt and full traditional ceremony of welcome and made offerings of a mandala and the three supports of body, speech, and mind for his long life.
Addressing the thousands of devotees who had gathered to catch a glimpse of him and receive his blessing, His Holiness began by reciting Om Mani Padme Hung, the mantra of compassion. He asked them to turn to the Dharma as their refuge and practice throughout their daily life. The material world is impermanent, he taught, so it is better to embrace the Dharma and practice to pacify our minds and refrain from negative emotions, such as hatred and jealousy. We should purify our hearts and dedicate ourselves to helping others, he counseled. As time was short, His Holiness concluded with thanks to everyone for coming and expressed the wish to meet them all again.
Afterward the Karmapa and his entourage traveled to offer their prayers at the Nyukmadung War Memorial, which enshrines a lofty stupa and a row of black marble plaques commemorating the Indian soldiers who had passed away. This was followed by a brief stopover at the Kalachakra Monastery. The Karmapa proceeded onward to the town of Dirang and its Thupsung Dhargye Ling Monastery where the local HMLA Shri Phurpa Tsering led a gracious welcome and offered lunch to the Karmapa who responded with a short talk. After paying a brief visit to Palyul Jangchup Dhargye Ling Monastery (Lieung Gompa), the Karmapa finally arrived in Bomdila, headquarters for the West Kameng district. He went directly to the Upper Monastery (Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling) where he met with a warm reception by the monastic officials and the local HMLA Shri Japu Deru. As this long and eventful day came to a close, the Karmapa spent the night at the monastery.



December 1, 2016

The earliest media report on this fourth day was a tweet by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju: “Massive reception for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje who is on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh to spread love & compassion.”
Continuing this very activity, His Holiness first visited Bomdila’s Lower Gompa, known as Thubchok Gatsel Ling, where he was formally received by the monastics led by Guru Tulku Rinpoche. He also offered the Karmapa a mandala and the supports of body, speech, and mind in the monastery’s beautiful shrine hall.
His Holiness then drove to the nearby Buddha Stadium, where he gave a public Dharma talk. Speaking to the crowd of devotees, he encouraged them to maintain peace and tranquility for the sake of a better world. He cautioned, however, “Merely propagating peace will not serve this purpose: peace must come from within.” The Karmapa further explained, “The teachings of Lord Buddha have great relevance for this materialistic world we live in, so their practice should not be limited to the ordained Sangha and the monasteries; rather, it should be followed and internalized by everyone. For this to happen, education is must.” Concluding his remarks, the Karmapa promised to return and interact with people on a more personal and broader scale in the future.
Also at the Buddha Stadium, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju gave an important address to the people of the district, stating that the visit of the Karmapa to this region and to Arunachal Pradesh was a matter of great pride and honor. “With the subsequent visits of the Karmapa,” the Minister of State opined, “new initiatives, such as construction of monasteries and institutes for study, could be taken up to develop the spiritual atmosphere and the temperament of the people in the region.”
Following lunch at Bomdila’s Lower Gompa, the Karmapa continued his many visits to monasteries and religious sites in West Kameng with brief stops at Rupa Stupa and the four monasteries of Rupa, Chillipam, Jigaon, and Shergaon. Late in the afternoon, he arrived in Kalaktang Circle at the Tibetan settlement of Tenzingaon. Here he was greeted by the Settlement’s main officer and the monastic Sangha as well as rows of lay people dressed in their best and holding long white scarves. At the end of a busy day, the Karmapa came to rest and spend the night in this cultural world of his Tibetan childhood.



December 2, 2016

On the final day of his tour to Arunachal, the Karmapa first headed up a lush green valley leading east out of Kalaktang to the Gyuto Monastery. Here he bestowed blessings and a talk to the monastic and lay Tibetans of the area. As he returned west to the Kalaktang General Ground, His Holiness was accompanied by the head abbots of three monasteries, two from Bomdila and from one Dirang, as well as the State Legislative Assembly Speaker, T. N. Thongdok plus other important local legislative and administrative officials.
Awaiting the Karmapa at the Kalaktang Ground was a throng of thousands of devotees, including hundreds from Bhutan, who had traveled long distances to meet him. His Holiness granted them a long-life empowerment and after giving his blessings, he left for the Kalaktang Monastery to have a final meal with his hosts. All too soon his visit had come to an end, and saying good-bye to the kind people he had met, the Karmapa departed for the helipad nearby to fly back to Guwahati and finally Delhi.
In these brief four and a half days, His Holiness had visited over twenty monasteries and religious sites and made connections with more than thirty thousand people. It was a magnificent display of the Karmapa as the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ activity. Though the time was short-lived, the Karmapas are famous for their ability to engender upon seeing liberation in this or future lives; just meeting him can inspire faith and plant the seed for full awakening. Since creating these beneficial connections is key to the Karmapa’s enlightened activity, it is a great blessing that he could visit Arunachal and meet with all the devotees in this “land of the dawn lit mountains.”

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China tells India to 'not complicate' border issue after Karmapa visit - India Today




China today said that it hoped India would not take actions to further complicate the boundary dispute on the eastern section of the China-India border.

Ananth Krishnan  | Posted by Bijin Jose
Beijing, December 5, 2016




China has said it hoped India would not take actions to "complicate" the boundary dispute after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the 17th Karmapa, made his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh last week.
Beijing said on Monday it hoped India can "refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question", responding to the Karmapa's visit to address a large gathering in the Mon region of the state, which China has territorial claims on.
The visit by the Karmapa, who is after the Dalai Lama perhaps the most important leader in Tibetan Buddhism as the head of the Karma Kagyu school, was significant as it was backed by the Indian government, signalling a greater role for the 31-year-old Tibetan leader. He was accompanied by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who tweeted this was the first visit by a Karmapa since that of the 3rd Karmapa some 900 years ago.
CHINA CALLS DALAI LAMA A SPLITTIST
While China often hits out the Dalai Lama as "a splittist", it generally refrains from criticising the Karmapa, who fled Tibet aged 14, in similar terms. Unlike the blanket ban on the Dalai Lama and his images, the Karmapa's photos are displayed in many Chinese monasteries and also widely shared by his numerous followers on Chinese social media.
On Monday as well, China refrained from criticising the Karmapa, but asked India to not "complicate" the boundary dispute. "China's position on the eastern section of the China India border is clear and consistent," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters.
"We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate boundary question. We should ensure peace and stability of border areas and sound and steady development of bilateral relations serves the common interests of the two sides."
CHINA, INDIA HAVE CONSTANT COMMUNICATION
Asked if China had raised the matter with India, Lu said, "China and India have constant communication on this and India is also very clear about our solemn position when it comes to the boundary question."
The visit by the Karmapa appears to suggest a new approach from the Indian government towards the Tibetan spiritual leader. Some in the government have long questioned his links with China, starting with his unlikely escape from Tibet aged 14, to more recently, following the discovery of foreign currency, including from China, in a monastery linked with him.
The suspicions often angered his followers, who wanted the government to stop curtailing his travels in India and abroad as the head of one of Tibetan Buddhism's most important schools.