June 29, 2009 - TCV, Dharamsala

His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a talk on the preservation of wildlife to the upper TCV (Tibetan Children’s Village School) students on Monday, June 29th. The talk was an awareness event co-organized by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Care for the Wild International (CWI).
“Animals are not our enemies. We are all interdependent. Every animal has a role to play in the ecology by being a part of the food chain. If you remove one layer, the entire chain is affected. Even while talking in the interest of human beings, by saving wildlife, you are ultimately helping yourself,” His Holiness said.
The event was part of the Tibetan Conservation Awareness Campaign (TCAC), a WTI-CWI project aimed at spreading conservation awareness among Tibetans. The campaign was launched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on April 6, 2005 to address the involvement of Tibetans in wildlife crimes and the use of wildlife articles in Tibetan medicines and traditional dresses.
Voicing further support to the Dalai Lama’s previous appeal, the Karmapa added:
“From the Buddhist viewpoint, we say every sentient being has been our mother in past lives. We believe in bringing no harm to all the sentient beings where animals are also included, but the ground reality is that this is being neglected. Some may believe that the environment is so huge that it cannot be affected by the action of one person. However, individuals can make lots of differences; the kind of difference, whether positive or negative, depends on the character and belief of humans.”
“We have observed a visible increase in awareness levels within the Tibetan community, but obviously our work is far from complete. The words of His Holiness Karmapa will help fortify our campaign and benefit the cause by leaving a lingering message in the minds of young Tibetans and adults alike,” Mr. Ashok Kumar Vice Chairman of WTI added at the conclusion of the event.
His Holiness was felicitated with the Wildlife Trust of India award.

Gyalwang Karmapa gives talk on the preservation of wildlife.



June 26, 2009 - Gyuto, Dharamsala

The celebration began in the early morning. Drupon Rinpoche offered a Khata to His Holiness at the beginning of the prayer recitation.
Khen-Rinpoche, the head of Gyuto Ramoche Monastery, led the prayers and performed a Mandala offering to His Holiness, followed by a Tenshug offering.
The main shrine hall of Gyuto was crowded with huge numbers of international devotees. The devotees and many venerable rinpoches gathered for His Holiness' birthday.
His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche led the second session of the prayer ceremony, continuing the Mandala offering which was followed by a Tenshug offering. Many venerable Rinpoches, representatives of the Tibetan Government in Exile performed a Mandala offering and Tenshug. Mr. Gonpo Phuntsok, the Secretary of the Department of Religion and Culture, offerd His Holiness well wishes on behalf of the Kashag (the governing council of the Tibetan Government in exile).
Mr. Sonam Damdul, Kagyu Member of Parliament; Justice Commissioner, Mr. Anyetsang Thubten Tashi; Mr. Khorlatsang Sonam Tobgyal, secretary of the Financial department; Mrs. Nangsa Choedon, secretary to the public service commission; and Mr. Tsering Phuntsok, representative officer of Dharamsala; were among the dignitaries of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
Later in the day, around 5:00pm, His Holiness cut the birthday cake. Thousands of international devotees sang a birthday song and wished His Holiness a very happy 25th birthday.

2009.6.26 法王噶瑪巴二十五歲生日慶典 Karmapa's 25th Birthday Celebrations

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa’s 25th birthday celebrations



June 24, 2009 - Gyuto, Dharamsala

From June 17th to 24th, the Hong Kong dharma centers, sponsors, and the Tsurphu Labrang offered a Tenshug to His Holiness Karmapa - marking the end of an eight day long Tsedup Puja.
His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche led the Tenshug prayer.
By the request of devotees, His Holiness gave a short teaching after the Tehshug prayers.



June 19th, 2009 - Gyuto, Dharamsala

At Gyuto, His Holiness attended the morning session of the third day of a Tsedup Puja. 160 monks and nuns from different monasteries attended the Puja. His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche led the Tsedup prayer which was specially performed from June 17th to 24th for the 25th obstacle year of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. Many Rinpoches also attended the prayer ceremonies.



June 5th, 2009 - Gyuto/Dharamsala

With day-time temperatures soaring to more than 100 F, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa waited until the early evening before taking part in a tree planting ceremony. The ceremony took place on the grounds of Gyuto Tantric University, His Holiness's temporary home near Dharamsala.
Accompanied by the Abbot of Gyuto and other senior Gyuto monks, Gyalwang Karmapa supervised the planting of ten saplings, various shrubs and a multitude of flowers.
The ceremony began with the recitation, by monks from Gyuto, of prayers for world peace. Then, the Gyalwang Karmapa placed the first sapling, an Ashoka tree, in the ground. He gently scooped up earth to cover the roots of the tree, and then watered it. The Abbot followed by planting a pine tree sapling.

2009.6.5 法王噶瑪巴於世界環境日植樹 Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates World Environment Day

Gyalwang Karmapa Celebrates World Environment Day