2012/05/27

THE GYALWANG KARMAPA RECEIVED HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA


27th May, 2012 - Dharamsala, Gaggal airport.















The Gyalwang Karmapa received His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Gaggal airport today, the Dalai Lama returned to his home in exile after receiving the Templeton prize, the largest annual monetary award given to an individual, for his work in encouraging scientific research and harmony among religions; the latter being one of the Dalai Lama's three main commitments. Beginning his tour from London, His Holiness the Dalai Lama had met with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

2012/05/26

BAICHUNG BHUTIA VISITED HIS HOLINESS KARMAPA


26th May, 2012- Dharamsala, Gyuto.


Indian football icon and former captain, Baichung Bhutia visited His Holiness Karmapa at his residence. Baichung was accompanied by former New Zealand footballer Tim Brown.

2012/05/23

HH the 17th Karmapa's Foreword for Rechungpa by Thrangu Rinpoche


By Khenchen Thrangu, Forward by His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

 May 23, 2012



Milarepa, Tibet's greatest saint, had two major disciples: Gampopa, who established the monastic foundation of the Kagyu lineage, and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and brought back profound teachings which were absorbed into several lineages.

Rechungpa's biography stands out because of the unorthodox unfolding of his realization. His pride and arrogance caused him to go against Milarepa's advice three times, putting his practice at risk. Even with this obstacle, Rechungpa's undying devotion to Milarepa served as the cause for his enlightenment as evidenced by Rechungpa's achievement of rainbow body at his death.
"At this time, as the precious teachings of the incomparable Buddha spread throughout the world, the numbers of the faithful grow daily. These various people want to know of the great learned and accomplished holy beings that arose impartially in the past -- the chronicles of their legacy of good activity for the doctrine, their deeds, their songs, and so forth.

With these needs and aspirations in mind, Namo Buddha Publications and Kamtsang Sherab Choling have collaborated to translate and publish this essential summary of the activities of Jetsun Rechung Dorje Drakpa. I rejoice in their efforts in this virtuous activity for which they have the highest altruistic intentions."

His Holiness,
The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
Ogyen Trinley Dorje




2012/05/21

PRESS RELEASE KARMAPA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION


21 May,2012 - Dharamsala

The Karmapa Office of Administration is very happy to confirm that the name of His Holiness the Karmapa has now been officially dropped from the charge made against him.
His Holiness the Karmapa's position as a exemplary spiritual leader has never been more evident than during this trying period. His tranquility and focus has been steadfast, and his total faith in the fairness of the Indian judicial system remains unshaken.
Upon receiving the welcome news, His Holiness the Karmapa said, "I am happy that the charges has been laid to rest by the Himachal Pradesh Government and through the judicial procedure of democratic India. I am very grateful to the Government of India for giving me and hundreds of thousands of Tibetans asylum in this great country in our time of need. India has been my home for almost half of my life. Upholding the integrity of the historic relationship of our two countries is of utmost importance to me."
The deputy General Secretary for the Karmapa Office of Administration, Karma Chungyalpa, said, "we have maintained all along that the allegations against His Holiness were baseless. His Holiness has never been involved in financial administration or monetary matters as is true for all great spiritual masters. We are very relieved today and thank the Himachal Pradesh Government and court for this very judicious decision. We also express our deep gratitude to the many well wishers who have supported His Holiness during this ordeal."
-- 
Karma Chungyalpa,

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Gyalwang Karmapa Meets Indian Students From The Western Himalaya Region


21 May,2012 – Dharamsala

The Gyalwang Karmapa held a special audience with more than 200 students, staff and Western volunteers, from the nearby Spiti Hostel, a boarding facility providing accommodation for young men and women from the Himalayan regions of Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar in Jammu-Kashmir. In the main, the young people are post-16 years old students in local schools and colleges.
After welcoming them all warmly, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke of the profound bond of religion, culture and even customs, which links people across the Himalaya.
First of all, he reminded the students that they had the opportunity not only to pursue their own goals and ambitions through higher education but also to make an impact on their own communities as well as society at large. Thus, he warned, they needed to reflect carefully on their motivation at each step of the way, because their motivation would influence both their direction and the kind of impact they would make.
Secondly, he talked about their relationship with the world as a whole and all living beings. From the Buddhist point of view, he said, this world in which we exist, as we perceive and experience it, is the result of the collective karma of all sentient beings who live in it. Human beings possess a unique intelligence and discernment but are not justified in arrogantly controlling all other forms of life or dictating what course the world should take. On the contrary, the Buddhadharma teaches us to adopt an attitude of service rather than dominance. It is only when we wish to serve that we will truly appreciate our human potential and the special contribution we can make to the world.
Thirdly, Gyalwang Karmapa focused on how the students should bring the fundamental truths of Buddhism to bear on their daily lives. This is extremely important, commented His Holiness, because the basis of suffering is our lack of understanding of how things really are. Rather than being unrelated to our everyday lives, a subject for scholarly, philosophical discourse or difficult for ordinary people to understand, Buddhist teachings are a matter of common sense, supported by things we can observe very easily day-to-day. For example, if we examine the teaching on interdependence we will see that it is self-evident in our daily life. Similarly, the truth of impermanence is not a philosophical concept that we have to establish through argument; it is what occurs daily in our life. Or with regard to our precious human existence: that we need to cherish it and put it to good use is self-evident, and true whether you are religious or not. Thus, it is important to realise that the Buddhadharma is pervasive and has practical and immediate relevance in our ordinary, everyday lives.
Gyalwang Karmapa concluded his talk with some comments on the current environmental crisis. These days we can no longer defend actions, which damage the environment by claiming that we didn’t know, he said. Indeed, nowadays it’s more a case of information overload. The problem is that people do not act on the information; they somehow feel that it does not concern them. This is what needs to be addressed.
Following the talk, the staff and students offered khatas to His Holiness, and then gathered on the temple steps for a group photo.


2012/05/02

GYALWANG KARMAPA ATTENDS CONFERENCE ON 'BUDDHISM AND WORLD PEACE'


2 May,2012 - Dharamsala

The Gyalwang Karmapa along with Indresh Kumar, a prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha(RSS) leader and Gyari Dolma, Home Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration attended a daylong programme on Buddhism ,World Peace and Danger on Himalaya "Bodh Dharma - Vishva Shanti " organised by the Himalaya Pariwar (Himachal Pradesh) in lower Dharamshala town hall.
Kalon Gyari Dolma briefed the gathering on the ongoing critical situation inside Tibet and appealed for continued support from the delegates for the Tibetan cause.
The RSS leader Indresh Kumar said Tibet was never a part of China and denounced the ongoing violation of basic human rights inside Tibet.
His Holiness Gyalwang Karmpa, in his address noted the same culture that Tibetans and Indians in the Himalayan regions have historically shared.
"Both Indian Himalayans and Tibetans are part of the great Himalayas and historically we have shared a good relationship," Karmapa said.
"Since Tibet lost its independence, the Dalai Lama and along with him many Tibetan took refuge here in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, which has kindly hosted exile Tibetan administration and been the second home for many Tibetans and also become a platform where we preserve our culture and tradition, i hope this deep and holy relationship lasts for centuries to come " Gyalwang Karmapa said while acknowledging the hospitality of the state.
Vice Chancellor of the Himachal Pradesh University, A. D. N. Bajpai, and heads of local Tibetan NGOs also attended the daylong congregation.
The Himalaya Pariwar is a regional grassroot organisation aimed at helping the people in the Himalayan Region to overcome the challenges of communalism, regionalism, poverty and unemployment.