2011/01/29

KAGYU OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENT


January 29, 2011. Dharamsala


We would like to categorically state that the allegations being levelled against the Karmapa and his administration are grossly speculative and without foundation in the truth. Everyone who knows the history of our lineage, our struggle and His Holiness' life is very surprised by the allegations.

We categorically deny having any link whatsoever with any arm of the Chinese Government. The Karmapa has a deep affection for the people of this great country of India where he has been practicing his faith for years. We have had a long and positive working relationship with the democratic Government of India that has always demonstrated great tolerance of cultural expression and diverse beliefs.
We have followers in a large number of countries who have placed their trust and faith in us and, through their individual donations, enabled the sect to undertake substantial programmes of public service that have benefitted many thousands in India and abroad.
Monasteries across the world accept offerings from devotees in various forms-there is nothing surprising, new or irregular in this. . A representative of HH the Dalai Lama's office underlined this yesterday. The cash in question under the current investigation by the police is offerings received for charitable purposes from local and international disciples from many different countries wishing to support His Holiness' various charitable activities. Any suggestion that these offerings were to be used for illegal purposes is libellous.
At this point, about the Chinese currency we can say that his Holiness has a large following of Tibetans from Tibet who make donations in Chinese currency. The fact is that His Holiness the Karmapa has millions of followers around the world, who hold him in the highest esteem and reverence. All our dealings across the world are honest and completely transparent-anything else would be contrary to the Buddhist principals that we live by.

Because the Gyalwang Karmapa resides in temporary quarters in Dharamsala, his Office of Administration has been seeking to build a monastery as a permanent residence for His Holiness. This project is clearly subject to Indian government approval. The Gyalwang Karmapa's office has kept the relevant Indian government agencies fully informed of its recent plans to purchase suitable land. The potential site was evaluated and cleared by the appropriate governmental offices. The negotiations to purchase the land are still in progress, have been reported to the Indian authorities, and are completely above board.

I can confirm that Shakti Lama was taken into custody yesterday but we are confident of his release very shortly, as soon as we provide the law with the answers they are looking for. I can also confirm that HH the Karmapa has made himself fully available for questioning by the officers concerned.
We will supply as much information as available, as regularly as possible but would also like to state that our first priority is to cooperate fully with the investigations underway.
Issued by Karmapa Office of Administration
29.1.2011
Dharamsala, HP

2011/01/28

KAGYU OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENT


January 28, 2011


Our lineage and His Holiness the Karmapa enjoy the love, trust and faith of millions across the world.  We have a rich history of public service made possible through financial dealings that are entirely transparent.  We will certainly answer all questions that the press and the public have, but for now we respectfully request you to allow us to concentrate on complying fully with the investigation that is underway.

Karma Chungyalpa
Dy. General Secretary and Spokesperson,
Karmapa Office of Administration


2011/01/07

GYALWANG KARMAPA ATTENDS TIBETAN COLLEGE STUDENTS' ANNUAL CONFERENCE


January 7, 2011 - Dharamsala


His Holiness also inaugurated the student body’s websitewww.tcsc.net. Also present at the event were Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile Dolma Gyari, and Ven. Jamphel Drakpa, Principal of CHST, were other dignitaries present at the function.His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje inaugurated the 5th All India Tibetan College Students’ Meet that began Thursday at Sarah College for Higher Tibetan Studies (CHST). More than 90 Tibetan student representatives from 25 different colleges and educational institutes in India are taking part in this 4 day conference.
“Education should not be restricted towards bringing material development solely. It must bring about inner development and equip an individual with better judgment of things in life. It is also very essential that in this present modern time, one must preserve its identity and remain connected to one’s roots,” said His Holiness who falls in the same age range as the participants.
The Conference is a purely a college students’ initiative held consecutively over the years since the first one was held at Indian City of Mangalore in 2006, hosted by Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Mangalore.
“The primary goal of holding such a meeting every year is to bring together Tibetan college students scattered across India, disconnected from one another. These meetings are characterized with ‘self-realization and self-responsibility’ as a guiding principle to the student participants in understanding their role in the Tibetan freedom movement,” said Lungtok, the Chief Coordinator of the Conference.

2011.1.7 法王噶瑪巴出席西藏大專學生年會 HHK Attends Tibetan College Students' Annual Conference

2011/01/05

NEW YEAR’S DAY 2011 AT TERGAR MONASTERY


January 5, 2011 - Bodhgaya

Special Morning Prayers
For all those who had remained in Bodhgaya following the successful conclusion of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo on December 22nd, Gyalwang Karmapa turned New Year’s Day 2011 into one to be remembered.
On December 31st His Holiness announced that the following morning there would be a special puja to celebrate the official Indian and Western New Year.
At 8:30am on January 1st 2011 more than a thousand people crowded in to the main shrine room at Tergar Monastery to join His Holiness in morning prayers, including prayers for auspiciousness, Refuge Prayers, The auspiciousness of the twelve deeds, King of aspirations and Milarepa’s aspiration, in the coming year. The congregation included Mingyur Rinpoche and his brother, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, 250 junior monks from Mingyur Rinpoche’s monastery, Kagyu monks and nuns, and others from diverse Buddhist traditions, lay devotees of the Gyalwang Karmapa, Kagyu Monlam staff who had stayed on in Bodh Gaya, and, in addition, several hudred of Mingyur Rinpoche’s students who had arrived for his annual teachings on the “Joy of Living” and the “Path of Liberation” at Tergar Monastery.
As is traditional in a celebration, Tibetan tea and special sweet rice were served as part of the ceremony.
After the prayers concluded, His Holiness wished everybody “Happy New Year” and invited them to a special Mahakala Puja in the late afternoon, followed by a New Year’s Dinner for everyone.
Mahakala Puja
The congregation gathered again at 5.30pm, as His Holiness personally led the Mahakala Puja as Umze. Although Mahakala is the Dharma protector most closely associated with the Kagyu lineage, His Holiness recited a practice for the two-armed Bernakchen, an emanation of Samantabhadra.
New Year Dinner
While the majority of people were in the shrine room listening to His Holiness, many others were busily preparing the dining area for more then 1000 guests, under the supervision of a small group of Taiwanese nuns from the Kagyu Monlam team. The drab dining hall upstairs was transformed by yellow, white and blue cloth into a huge tent-like space, decorated by the Karmapa dream flag and its associated colours. Tables were laid with tablecloths, cutlery and carefully arranged fresh flower decorations.
More than a thousand people were served within the space of ninety minutes. Gyalwang Karmapa, Mingyur Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche sat at the head table. However, during the meal His Holiness took time to circulate and talk with the guests and did three circumambulations of the Tergar Monastery with Mingyur Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
January 3rd, 2011: Gyalwang Karmapa Leaves Bodhgaya
Although the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo concluded on 22nd December, the Gyalwang Karmapa and his entourage remained at Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya until the beginning of January 2011.
On the morning of 3rd January, His Holiness left Tergar Monastery at 7.30am for a final visit to the Mahabodhi Stupa, where he paid homage to the Buddha in the main shrine room, before proceeding to Patna Airport for his flight to New Delhi.
January 5th, 2011: Gyalwang Karmapa Arrives Back At Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala
His Holiness Karmapa will give a four-day Spring Teaching at Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath (Varanasi) from March 9-12, 2011.

2011.1.1 法王噶瑪巴於德噶寺歡慶2011年元旦 New Year's Day 2011 at Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya