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Asia Sentinel: An Interview with the Karmapa Lama

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by Saransh Sehgal, Asia Sentinel, 31 August 2010Dharamsala, India -- Many in Dharamsala, India, the home of Tibetan Buddhism in exile, believe the 17th Karmapa Lama, whose name is Ogyen Trinley Dorje, represents the future of Tibetan politics in exile as well.
Tibet's young lama seeks a role for Buddhism in environmentalism


He is extremely popular among young Tibetans, partly because of his 1999 escape from Chinese hands, but also because he possesses rare charisma. The Karmapa passes much of his time in the protected top floor of Gyuto Monastery near Dharamsala, guarded by Indian policemen and intelligence officers who keep a constant watch on his activities. He has busied himself by becoming increasingly knowledgeable about environmentalism.

The Indian government, virtually since the Karmapa Lama arrived in Dharamsala, has been careful to not annoy the Chinese by allowing him unfettered movement, although he was allowed to visit the US in 2008. Revered as the third-…

KARMAPA PAYS TRIBUTE TO MOTHER TERESA ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER BIRTH

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August 26, 2010 - Kolkata His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at the Indian city of Kolkata on Thursday to pay tribute to Mother Teresa on her birth centenary. His Holiness visited the Mother House in the afternoon where Sister Prema, the Superior General, Head of the Missionaries of Charity, received him. His Holiness offered a floral tribute at the place where Mother Teresa was laid to rest. Later in the evening, His Holiness inaugurated a photo exhibition entitled "Spirit of Peace". The Exhibition has contributions from 11 international and 4 national photographers. The Karmapa was the chief guest of the Mother's birth centenary celebrations, organized by the Young Men's Welfare Society. His Holiness has arrived back to Dharamsala on the 29th of August, completing his visit to Kolkata.








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KARMAPA LEADS PRAYERS FOR DRUG CHU ZONG CALAMITY VICTIMS

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August 21, 2010 - Dharamsala His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa led a special prayer at Tsuklag Khang temple in Mcleodgunj. Hundreds of devotees including Tibetan Government officials, monks, nuns, and lay followers came to pay their respects and express their condolences and sympathy towards the victims and families of those affected by the natural calamity in the Drug Chu Zong area of Tibet. The calamity occurred on the 8th of August, 2010. The prayer lasted two hours. All the attendees made deep prayers and were touched by the presence of His Holiness who was leading the prayer.








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KARMAPA VISITS TIPA FOR THE 51ST SUMMER FESTIVAL

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August 11, 2010 On the 11th of August 2010, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visited TIPA (Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts) Dharamshal as a Chief Guest on the occasion of the 51st Yarkyid (Summer Festival) and celebration of its establishment. The celebration was opened by His Holiness by lighting a lamp in front of a glowing Buddha Statue, which was also a symbol of respect to those who had died in the tragic natural calamities in Tibet, Ladakh and other parts of the world. His Holiness presented the award cups to the winner and the runners up, and other special prizes to the artists, and he blessed the gathering with the opening of a new book about TIPA’s historical records. Judging the admirable presentation given by two troupes during the celebration, His Holiness expressed appreciation to the artists and concerned staff members for their tireless service and dedication. He further encouraged them to continue their good service in preserving Tibet’s unique culture and t…

GYALWANG KARMAPA PERFORMS BUDDHA AKSHYOBHIYA PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE OF LADAKH

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August 10, 2010 On the 10th of August 2010, His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje called for a special prayer and ritual performance of Buddha Akshyobhiya. In His presence at Gyuto Temple, in His private residence Hall, prayers were conducted for the recent tragedy in Ladakh, during which more then hundreds of people had died and many had become homeless. Two special members from the Karmapa’s Office of Administration have been sent to Ladakh with material gifts of clothes, medicines, and cash contributions to the befallen people in need. A condolence and sympathetic message by His Holiness was also dispatched with the Office members headed for Ladakh, expressing His sincere prayers and blessings to all concerned.



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Buddhadharma: "I Will Do It"

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Monday, August 9, 2010 At 7:00PM

Llundup Damcho reports on the Seventeeth Karmapa’s vow to reinstate full ordination for women in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa stunned an international audience in Bodhgaya last winter by making an unprecedented declaration of commitment to ordaining women as bhikshunis in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. when there would be bhikshuni ordination in the Tibetan tradition, he leaned forward and said, in English, “I will do it.” As applause broke out, he cautioned against expecting quick results. “Be patient,” he said. “Be patient.” This proclamation by Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the Seventeenth Karmapa, was groundbreaking, for it was the first time that a Tibetan Buddhist leader of this stature had publicly committed to personally making bhikshuni ordination available. His declaration came after intensive research into the feasibility of establishing full ordination for women according to the monastic code that regulates Tibetan B…

KARMAPA'S MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF LEH & LADAKH

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August 7, 2010 I feel deeply saddened to learn of the recent calamity that struck Leh in Ladakh in the early hours of the 6th of August resulting in the loss of many lives and property. I understand the sudden cloudburst triggering raging floods have resulted in the loss of lives of more that 100 people of Leh and surrounding areas and over 400 people have been injured and many more are missing and have been rendered homeless. I have personally visited Leh and other places of Ladakh on two occasions and have been deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality the people of the region extended to me and others with me. I truly feel distressed that the peace loving people and the Buddhist community of this region have had to experience this tragedy. On this sad occasion I would like to extend to the people of Leh and Ladakh my prayers and condolences to the bereaved families. I would also like to request all my monasteries and organizations to offer prayers and special pujas and extend an…

DAGYAB KYABGÖN RINPOCHE CALLS ON HIS HOLINESS GYALWANG KARMAPA

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August 6, 2010 - Gyuto Dagyab Kyabgön Rinpoche met with His Holiness Karmapa at His Holiness' residence in Gyuto. Loden Sherab Dagyab Rinpoche belongs to the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. As "Kyabgön" (Lord Protector) of the Dagyab region in Eastern Tibet he is - like his predecessors since the 17th century - the spiritual and political head of the area. After the traditional study of Buddhist philosophy, Rinpoche graduated from the Drepung monastic college. Later Rinpoche joined the monastic communities of Nyagre Khangtsen of Ganden, and of Ratö Monastery.

The meeting between Dagyab Rinpoche and Gyalwang Karmapa lasted about half an hour. Rinpoche arrived in Dharamsala a week ago.






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