Phayul: His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa concludes 25-day visit to the South Tibetan Settlements

South Zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council[Monday, March 28, 2005 03:14]
By Jamyang Dorjee

March 26 - The 25-day tour starting from 1st March 2005, being organized by the South Zone Kagyudpa Buddhist Council successfully concluded today. HH Gyalwang Karmapa visited Mundgod, Kollegal, Hunsur, Bylakuppee and Chowker Tibetan settlements and the monasteries.

At Kollegal Gyalwang Karmapa inaugurated the newly constructed temple of Rewar Bharma Samdupling Choekorling and Tana Monastery and visited all the other monasteries. On request by Ven. Bakyoe Rinpoche, His Holiness composed a special prayer for timely rainfall. The people of Kollegal settlement both monks and layman were amazed to see rain actually falling at the time of the mandala offering. As requested by the Settlement Officer, Gyalwang Karmapa visited all the 22 camps and blessed them individually.
HH Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Zokchen monastery and conferred Konchok Chidu empowerment of Kongtrul tradition.

At Hunsur Rapgyaling Tibetan settlement, HH Gyalwang Karmapa visited three monasteries besides Tibetan camps and schools.

The final visit of the settlements was at Bylakuppe where His Holiness began the program by inauguration of the Nalanda International Institute. Gyalwang Karmapa praised the efforts of the founder Ven Kalsang Rinpoche and said that the great teachings of Buddha should now come out of the holy books to cater to the practical needs of the society.

The highlight of the visit at Bylakuppe was an empowerment of Avaloketsehwari for the public. According to the settlement officer, an estimated 9000 people have gathered who remained there from 9 a.m till 5.30 p.m. The empowerment was followed by a speech and then culture program.
His Holiness concluded the empowerment by saying " No matter how many times one recites the Chenresik mantra or how many months one meditates, if one does not obey the precious advice of the very embodiment of Chenresik in human form, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, then the whole effort is useless." HH Gyalwang Karmapa advised the gathering to strictly read and follow the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which is available in many volumes.

HH Drupwang Penor Rimpoche and the two highly incarnate Rinpoches received HH Gyalwang Karmapa very warmly at Namdroling Monastery in the main Hall of Zangthok Palri. Especially composed recitation in praise of HH Gyalwang Karmapa was read by the abbot of the Namdroling monastery before the offering of the mandala.

Sera Jey and Mey, one of the largest monasteries of Gelukpa school of Buddhism also accorded a grand reception in the Sera Lachi main Hall, where all the monks' were present to hear His Holiness speak.

On 23rd March, a grand long life prayer lead by Choeje Ayang Rinpoche and other Rinpoches of seven Kagyudpa monasteries was offered at the Kamtsang Kagyu Lungtok Tengyeling Monastery as a token of gratitude for this visit.

The concluding program in the settlement was at Drikung Kagyuling monastery, where a grand ritual dance called Lingdro by the professional performers especially invited for the occasion from Orissa Tibetan Settlement performed.

On his way to Delhi, His Holiness stopped at Bangalore for three days at Leela Palace Hotel. His Holiness visited the Tibetan Youth Hostel, were an unexpected crowd of about 1000 Tibetans have gathered outside the Hall which was jam packed. His Holiness advised them the importance of Tibetan religion and culture and gave them individual blessings.

On the 24th, His Holiness attended a prayer for world peace at the St. John's auditorium and spoke on the subject " Buddhist Philosophy and the art of Happiness" His Holiness returned to Delhi on the 25th March 2005,

To sum up;
HH Gyalwang Karmapa expressed his happiness for fulfilling the wish of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit the largest community of Tibetans in South India and that he was very impressed with the work done by the previous generation of Tibetans for preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Tibet in exile. At the Senior citizen's Home, he told them with folded hands that the younger generation of Tibetans, including himself, will always remain grateful to them for working so hard in building these infrastructures and preserving Tibetan religion and culture under very difficult circumstances.

He impressed all the monks to promote non-sectarian and work hard towards equal respect and unification of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He advised them to work more towards promotion of practical Buddhism, helping the society.

HH Gyalwang Karmapa advised each and every Tibetan to obey the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

To those many old and infirm this visit gave them much needed mental peace and comfort. To the younger generation of Tibetans, His Holiness proved to be a source of inspiration and the face of modern Buddhism.

His Holiness's down to earth teachings, his clear directions to the younger generation, his deep commitment to the preservation of Tibetan religion and culture and above all his unquestionable respect and reverence to the Leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has won the hearts and minds of the largest gathering of the Tibetans in exile both monks and layman.

This historic visit by HH Gyalwang Karmapa to the South India Tibetan settlements, five years after he escaped from Tibet, will no doubt leave a deep and lasting impression in the hearts of the people.


Gyalwang Karmapa wants India as his home (Phayul)

[Tuesday, March 08, 2005 12:08]

Tibetan Karmapa Lama (L) speaks during a news conference in the southern Indian city of Bangalore March 7, 2005. Karmapa will visit Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement in Karnataka on March 16 before addressing the World Peace Conference later this month. REUTERS/Jagadeesh Nv

BANGALORE, March 7 - The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, who came from Tibet on exile to India more than five years ago, on Monday said that he wants to remain in India, the birthplace of Buddhism. "I favour very much in the idea of living in this part of the world," Gyalwang Karmapa told reporters here on his first visit to South India that has the largest Tibetan settlements in the country. "India, for Tibetans and for myself, is a very important place, both spiritually and being the birthplace of Buddha dharma. It is infact in many ways home to many Buddhist spiritual leaders," he said. Gyalwang Karmapa, the head of the Kagyudpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, escaped to India from Tibet in late 1999 and was granted exile by the Indian government.

Karnataka has over 40,000 Tibetans living in settlements in Kollegal, Bylakuppe, Periyapatna, Mundgod and Bangalore city and Gyalwang Karmapa is on a 25-day tour to these camps this month. "I understand there is a dialogue going on between the Tibetan government in exile and the Chinese government. As a Tibetan myself, I would wish for harmonious relations, developing and understanding to take place which is beneficial for all countries and all people involved," he said.

The Karmapa was asked whether he favoured autonomy for Tibet from China as articulated by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama."I can extend good wishes as everything happens in the spirit of friendship," Gyalwang Karmapa said. Asked whether he yearned to go back to Tibet, where he has thousands of followers, he said: "As any child, there is always an yearning to see the home base" The 21 year-old monk, who sports sun glasses in publicity material, said he never thought that he was the face of Buddhism in the modern world, but would take up the role, if warranted. "If circumstances and situation around the world creates or forces that condition, I would have no choice and in fact, I would welcome it," Gyalwang Karmapa said.

He expressed his willingness to adopt any role that can make some difference in benefitting people through the vehicle of Buddhism. Gyalwang Karmapa will open the Nalanda International Institute, a centre for advanced Buddhist Learning, at Byalakuppe settlement on March 16, in which Karnataka Chief Minister Dharam Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will participate. The Nalanda institute, which has a conference centre, will also hold round table and international conferences.


Programme of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje's Visit to Five Southern Tibetan Refugee Settlements March 2005

Week of March 1st

Mungod Tibetan Settlement

Stay at Karme Shedrup Phelgye-Ling Monastery

  • Visit area monasteries
  • Dharma advice to monks at Drepung Loseling Monastery on cultivation and abandonment
  • Konchok Chidu Amitayus Empowerment at Karme Shedrup
  • Phelgye-Ling Monastery
  • Presentation of cultural show

Stay at Drikung Kagyud Dechen Choeku Ling Monastery

  • Guru Padmasambhava Empowerment
  • Dharma advice to monks on cultivation and abandonment
    Presentation of cultural show
  • Consecration of Thargyen Samphe Ling monastery at Camp No. 4 and visit Thoeling Palden Monastery at Camp No. 5
  • Visit and Consecration of Sakya Tsechen Thamchoe Ling and Purang Shephel Ling Monasteries at Camp No. 1
  • Blessing and consecration of Gonkhang and main temple of Drikung Kagyud Dechen
  • Choeku Ling monastery and Jangchub Choeling nunnery
  • Visit to Hospital
  • Visit Old-Aged Home and give oral transmission of Guru Rinpoche and Chenrezig
  • Visit Central School for Tibetans at Mundgod
  • Tak Chak Chung Sum (Hayagriva, Vajrapani and Garuda) Empowerment for public
  • Presentation of Opera Dance

Week of March 7

  • Reception in Bangalore with Chief Representative and representatives of Kagyudpa Buddhist Council
  • Press Conference
Kollegal Dhonden Ling Settlement

Stay at RBSC Ling Monastery

  • Inauguration of newly constructed Temple of RBSC Ling
  • Mangala Kut Sutra Puja
  • Presentation of Cultural Show
  • Tak Chak Chung Sum (Hayagriva, Vajrapani and Garuda) Empowerment and dharma address for public
  • Consecration of Gomkhang and Temple of RBSC Ling
  • Visit Central School of Tibetans
  • Visit Settlement and Co-operative Society Offices
  • Visit area monasteries

Stay at TTN Choeling Monastery

  • Inauguration of TTN Choeling monastery
  • Mangala Kut Sutra Puja
  • Mahamudra Aspiration teaching at TTN Choeling monastery
  • Medicine Buddha Empowerment
  • Dharma address to monks of TTN Choeling monastery
  • Consecration of TTN Choeling main temple
  • Visit Dzogchen Orgyen Samten Choekorling Monastery
  • Bestow Konchok Chidu empowerment of Kongtrul tradition
  • Talk on love and compassion to general public
  • Cultural Show

Week of March 14

Hunsur Rabgye Ling Settlement

Stay at Palden Dratsang Monastery

  • Visit monasteries in the settlement
  • Long life empowerment for public
  • Cultural Show
  • Audience for aged and handicapped people
Bylakuppe Settlements

Stay at Kamtsang Kagyud Lungtok Tengye Ling Monastery

  • Consecration of Buddha statue in main temple
  • Lighting of butter lamps
  • Presentation of Cultural Show
  • Konchok Chidu empowerment 
  • Visit to Dragyal TL Monastery
  • Visit Old Persons Home
  • Visit Sera Jhe and Sera May
  • Visit Thekchok Namdrol Shedrup Dhargye Ling
  • Dharma advice to monks
  • Visit Tsogey Ling Nunnery

Stay at Drikung Kagyu Thupten Shedrup Jangchub Ling monastery

  • Visit Choede Tashi Lhunpa monastery
  • Visit Drukar Drubgyud L. Ling Monastery
  • Visit Sakya Tsechen Choekor Ling monastery
  • Visit Central School for Tibetans in Bylakuppe
  • Manjusri Oral Transmission
  • Visit SOS Tibetan Childrens Village
  • Manjusri Oral Transmission
  • Consecration of Stupa in old settlement
  • Karmapa Pakshi empowerment
  • Presentation of Cultural Show
  • Visit Dickey Larsoe Settlement and Co-operative Societies Offices
  • Visit Central School in new settlement
  • Manjusri Oral Transmission
  • Bhumi Puja and Foundation Laying Ceremony at the site of proposed temple of DKTSJ Ling monastery
  • Consecration of the main temple stupas and Gomkhang
  • Avalokitesvara empowerment for public
  • South Zone Buddhist Council

Week of March 21

  • Nine Amitayus offering prayer for the long life of the 17th Karmapa performed by Rinpoches of Kagyudpa Buddhist Council
  • Blessing and Consecration of Dickey Larsoe Community Hall
  • Token of thanks Mandala Offering ceremony
  • Cultural Show
Chowkur settlement


Stay in Bangalore

  • Dharma address to Tibetans residing in Bangalore
  • Visit Electronic City
  • Special Audience
  • Prayer for World Peace
  • Cultural Show

Travel Journal – March 2005, South India