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Newsweek: Tibet’s Holy Man In Waiting

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Jun 28, 2008 9:10 AM EDT

When we are in India, we always talk negatively about the Chinese. But we have to think about the positive side.





Born into a nomadic Tibetan family in 1985, Apo Gaga was 7 years old when he was proclaimed the 17th Karmapa: the latest reincarnation of the head of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. That made the child the religion's third highest leader, after the Dalai and Panchen Lamas. He soon began a rigorous training program. Then, at the age of 14, after the Karmapa started to find Chinese control suffocating, he made a daring escape by helicopter and horseback to Dharamsala, India, seat of the Tibetan government in exile. There he's continued his training in earnest. Given the Dalai Lama's age, he's just 73, the length of time it will take to name a successor and the disappearance of the Panchen Lama in 1995 (China was anxious to control the selection of his reincarnation), many assume the young Karmapa could soon become Tibetan Buddhis…

GYALWANG KARMAPA TURNS 23, JUNE 26, 2008

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The Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates his 23rd Birthday. The celebration began at 8 am in the main shrine hall of Gyuto monastery, His Holiness presided over the puja which was attended by His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, Gyutoe Khen Rinpoche, Drozong Rinpoche and Mr. Sonam Damdul (Member of Parliament) of Tibetan Government in Exile, Mr. Sonam Topgye, Rinpoches, Lamas and international devotees. The representative of Dharma centers offered Mandala, Gyuto Monastery and Tsurphu Labrang offered Tenshug (Long Live) to His Holiness to mark the celebration. In the afternoon, His Holiness left the Gyuto Monastery for Trilokpur Nunnery accompanied by His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche to give two days teachings at the request of international devotees. His Holiness cut the birthday cake at Trilokpur.

Photos of His Holiness Karmapa's 23rd Birthday, 2008
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/PastActivities-08-JuntoAug.html

HE TAI SITU RINPOCHE WITH HH KARMAPA

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As requested by Tsurphu Labrang (Karmapa's Office of Administration) His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche arrived at Gyuto Monastery on June 22nd, 2008. Tai Situ Rinpoche is engaged in teaching and Initiation to His Holiness starting from June 23rd, 2008.




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HIS HOLINESS KARMAPA RETURNS TO INDIA

June 5th, 2008 At around 3 in the afternoon His Holiness landed at Gaggal airport and walked through array of Serbangs keenly waiting for his arrival. The chairman of the Assembly of Tibetan people's Deputy Mr. Karma Chomphel offered welcome scarf to His Holiness along with many more; Ven. Dorzong Rinpoche
Ven. Choegyal Rinpoche
Ven. Taklung Tulku
Tsewang Dakpa General Secretary of Palpung Sherabling Monastery.
General Secretary of Gyuto Monastery.
Decheng Damdul. Representative of Tsurphu Labrang (KOA)
Gyuto Monastery
Sherab Ling Monastery and Institute
Khamtrul Monastery
Chogling Monastery
Dorzong Monastery
Trilokpur Nunnery With heavy rainfall His Holiness was welcomed at the main shrine hall of Gyuto Monastery. Tsurphu Labrang ( Karmapa's Office of Administration ) and Gyuto Monastery offered traditional Mandala offering to His Holiness and had Tea and Rice ceremony.
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/PastActivities-08-America.html

Welcoming dinner reception (June 4th, 2008)

The Tsurphu Labrang (Karmapa's office of Administration) joined by all Kagyu Monasteries from India and Nepal offered a welcome dinner reception in the honor of His Holiness at the Radisson Hotel. The large reception included many prominent people:Mr. Tempa Tsering, Representative, Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi.Rev. Lochen Rinpoche, Chairman, Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association and Spiritual Head of Kaza Monastery.Ven. Chomphel Zopa, Member, National Commission of Minorities of Government of India.Mr.Tsering Samphel, Member, National Commission for Schedule Tribes, Government of India.Ven. Bayul RinpocheVen. Ayang Tulku RinpocheMr. Karma Tobden, Former Member of Parliament, Former Indian Ambassador and retired IASMr. Sherab Tharchin and Mr. Sonam Damdul, Kagyu Member of Parliament, Tibetan Govt. in Exile Dharamsala.Mr. Tamdin La and Mr.Topden Tsering,Welfare Officer, Tibetan Samyeling Colony, Majnukatilla, Delhi.Mr.Gaden Lhari, President, Denzong Lhadey Tso…

Homecoming Welcome at Airport(June 3rd, 2008)

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In the late hour at night, the New Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) is jostling with many people eagerly waiting with scarf and banners expressing their warmest "home coming" welcome to the Gyalwang Karmapa from his successful historic first visit to America.
His Holiness was received by a large reception at the airport which includes many prominent persons;Ven. Chomphel Zopa, Member, National Commission of Minorities of Government of India.Mr.Tsering Samphel, Member, National Commission for Schedule Tribes, Government of India.Ven. Bante Vishwa Bandhu, Indian Buddhist Leader.Mr. Karma Tobden, Former Member of Parliament, Former Indian Ambassador and retired IAS.Mr. Sherab Tharchin, Kagyu Member of Parliament, Tibetan Govt. in Exile Dharamsala.Mr. Tamdin La and Mr.Topden Tsering,Welfare Officer, Tibetan Samyeling Colony, Majnukatilla, Delhi.Mr.Gaden Lhari, President, Denzong Lhadey Tsogpa, Sikkim.Representative of Joint Action Committee of all Sikkim Buddhist Org…

Buddhadharma: The Power of Unbearable Compassion

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Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 12:53AM



When we can no longer bear the suffering of sentient beings, says the Seventeenth Karmapa, we unleash our full potential to help others and ourselves.

Practices of loving-kindness and compassion are indispensable elements of all religious traditions. These are qualities everyone can practice, regardless of their religious affiliation or ancestry. In fact, training to develop loving-kindness and compassion provides a bridge between all religions and all the many parts of our global society.

I am a Buddhist, but I still have to live my life as a member of the larger world community and take full part in society, where Buddhism is not the only spiritual tradition. There are many different forms of religion and spirituality, and there are also many different types of people, including those who are inclined toward religious or spiritual approaches and those who are not.

Since our world community is so very vast and diverse, it is important for us to…

Buddhadharma: On Becoming Karmapa

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Sunday, June 1, 2008 At 12:55AM


An exclusive interview with His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa by Melvin McLeod.In anticipation of his historic first visit to the West, I had the honor of traveling to India to interview His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa. I met him at his hotel in New Delhi, as he was en route to his home in McLeod Ganj. Since I had received instructions and transmissions from his predecessor, the Sixteenth Karmapa, in my early days as a Buddhist practitioner, this interview had great meaning for me personally. I found the Seventeenth Karmapa to be a young man of extraordinary self-possession. Striking physically, he was direct but self-contained, and his smile had a touch of wryness. Our interview was conducted through an interpreter, and though His Holiness did not speak any English during the half hour or so we were together, he followed carefully and seemed to comprehend my questions as I asked them. This interview affords us a rare insight into the style, prio…

Sunday: Final Day of Public Events(Sunday, June 1, 2008)

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His Holiness Karmapa in America (Journal Entries)Sunday, June 1, 2008 Today was the final day of public events for the historic first visit to the United States of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje. In the morning, His Holiness bestowed the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara upon a gathering of nearly 3,000 people at Seattle’s Paramount Theater and offered a riveting teaching on love and compassion. In the afternoon, His Holiness gave an equally inspiring talk on saving the world and respecting the environment through understanding the interdependent condition of all members of the global community. Also in the afternoon, His Holiness granted a blessing audience to Seattle-area children and their parents. The last event of the day was a farewell ceremony at Nalanda West at which His Holiness expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all who made his first visit possible. His Holiness expressed his great delight at what he commended as a highly successful and w…

Buddhadharma: The Karmapa in America

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Sunday, June 1, 2008 At 1:00AM


The Seventeenth Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, is making his historic first visit to the West. Barry Boyce reports on this young lama’s dramatic life and his responsibilities as holder of the Karmapa lineage.This May His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is making his historic first trip to the United States. Unlike the Dalai Lama, another teacher whose position has been inherited through the ancient tulku system of reincarnate lamas, the Seventeenth Karmapa is not yet well known in the West, even in the Buddhist community, although his daring escape from Tibet eight years ago was widely covered in the Western press.Since the Karmapa is only twenty-two years old and has not yet traveled extensively, his relationships with the wider world are just beginning. Those who are familiar with the line of the Karmapas, and those who met his predecessor, the Sixteenth Karmapa, during his visits to Ameri…