Showing posts from November, 2011


November 28, 2011- Park Hotel, Delhi His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, today delivered the inaugural address at the Global Buddhist Congregation's section on "Environment and the Natural World." Opening the daylong session, the Gyalwang Karmapa addressed a packed hall of hundreds of delegates gathered from 32 countries around the world. The Gyalwang Karmapa will also attend the closing ceremony, which will be presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and joined by a suite of world figures. During his inaugural address, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke on the underlying causes that have brought us to what he describes as a 'critical juncture' in the degradation of our natural environment. Among those causes, His Holiness focused on a virtual "religion of consumerism" and a persistent egocentrism that has led to an unhealthy relationship between human beings and their environment. Applying Buddhist principles of interdependence, compassion, and…

900th Anniversary Song of the Karmapas

Composed by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

like nectar flowing from a spring on a snowy mountain face,
from some highest of realms high above,
with effortless vigor and a deep, unprompted longing,
drop after divine drop, each pristine and pure,
you crossed the mountains and plains of hundreds of months and years,
to come cascading down, down into the land of our hopes.
coursing through deep aspirations you held, held through the stream of many lives,
from some place completely obscured to us, you gave gentle warmth and nourished us.
since then, the tender young sprouts of virtuous minds
have blossomed with leaves and fruit,
and land once scorched with drought burst into life turquoise-green.
when a snow lion roars on a white mountain peak
the sound at once sends the crisp flakes swirling in a flurry.
when you arrived in the year eleven-ten
the lion’s roar of your majestic name blazed forth,
spreading its unchanging splendor and unequalled blessings.
day and n…


November 18, 2011 Conservation Biology, the most influential scientific journal in its field, has invited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to contribute an article outlining his vision of "Environmental Buddhism." Entitled "Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness," the article explores His Holiness' personal reasons for becoming an environmentalist, offers a masterful explanation of the overlap between Buddhist philosophy and environmental ideology, and ends with a call to action to protect the environment. "As I grew up and began studying Buddhist philosophy and teachings," His Holiness explained, "I discovered great harmony between Buddhism and the environmental movement. The emphasis on biological diversity, including ecosystems—in particular, the understanding that animate and inanimate beings are parts of a whole—resonates closely with Buddhism's emphasis on interdependence." The article go…

The Buddhist Channel: The Karmapa's Statement on the Recent Acts of Self Immolation by Tibetan Monks and Nuns

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 14, 2011

Dharmsala, India -- A Buddhist nun in China’s western Sichuan Province burned herself to death on November 3, 2011, bringing to 11 the number of Tibetan clergy and former clergy who have set themselves on fire since March. The series of self-immolations, unprecedented in Tibetan Buddhism’s modern history, has continued despite an increasingly large Chinese security presence in the predominantly ethnic Tibetan area.
In response to the gruesome events, His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, issued the following statement on November 9, 2011:

"Since March this year 11 brave Tibetans have set themselves on fire while calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.These desperate acts, carried out by people with pure motivation, are a cry against the injustice and repression under which they live. The situation is unbearably difficult, but in difficult situations we need greater courage an…

Karmapa Lama urges end to self immolation(phayul)

Phayul[Thursday, November 10, 2011 18:53]By Tendar Tsering

DHARAMSHALA, November 10: The young head of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has urged Tibetans in Tibet not to resort to self-immolation protests.

"These desperate acts, carried out by people with pure motivation, are a cry against the injustice and repression under which they live," said the Karmapa referring to the recent spate of self-immolation in Tibet.

The religious head also urged the Chinese leadership to "heed Tibetans' legitimate demands and to enter into meaningful dialogue with them instead of brutally trying to achieve their silence."

"The situation is unbearably difficult, but in difficult situations we need greater courage and determination," said the Karmapa, urging the Tibetans in Tibet to preserve their lives.

The Karmapa blamed the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet for forcing 11 Tibetans to set themselves ablaze since Mar…

Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness (Conservation Biology)

H.H. 17th GYALWANG KARMAPA OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE Article first published online: 9 NOV 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01765.x ©2011 Society for Conservation Biology

I was born into aDrokpa(Tibetan nomad) family and spent the first years of my life in the wild eastern part of Tibet. We traveled with our animals from summer to winter grounds, setting up our yak-hair tents at each site. It was a simple existence and my daily joy consisted of exploring the nearby mountains with my pet goat. If I was lucky, I would see wild animals such asnawa(Tibetan argali,Ovis ammon hodgsoni) andshaba(white-lipped deer,Przewalskium albirostris) at close range. Sometimes, I would watch herds ofkiang(Tibetan wild ass,Equus kiang) running across the grasslands.

When I was 4 or 5 years old, there was a severe drought and the local spring in our camp began to dry up. Because I was considered an unusual child (although at that time, nobody knew I would later be recognized as the 17th Karmapa), our community r…




November 1,2011- Vajra Vidhya Varanasi. His Holiness Karmapa went to the Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath to pay his respects to the place where the Buddha first taught, and to offer prayers there for the removal of the obstacles of natural disasters: the floods, earthquakes. He also prayed for the health of Tenga Rinpoche and Bayo Rinpoche, and for the Tibetan cause, in particular regarding the monks and a nun who have died recently through self immolation. He also visited other shrines in the area, including the Sri Lankan temple, the Mulugund Koti Vihara, and fed to the many young deer in the Deer Park. Then he led the sangha, many from Vajra Vidhya Institute, in the Samantabdhra Puja and the Sixteen Arhats Puja which lasted for few hours. Flowers adorned His Holiness's throne on the east lawn of the Damekh stupa. Under the golden umbrella, and preceded by the sounds of the gyaling and incense bearers, His Holiness left quickly when the prayers had concluded. His Holiness also sent hi…