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Gyalwang Karmapa Visits Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo’s Drukpa Kagyu Nunnery

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30th Sept, 2014. Dongyu Gatsel Ling Nunnery. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived today at Dongyu Gatsal Ling, a Drukpa Kagyu nunnery founded by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche, Shedrup Nyima. This marks the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to the nunnery, where he will spend two days conferring teachings and initiation, visiting the three-year retreat centre and generally encouraging and expressing his support for the nuns. As the Karmapa arrived by road in the morning, monastic, yogic and lay members of the Khampagar community at nearby Tashi Jong lined the roads to welcome him. His Holiness was formally received at the nunnery, to the joyful sound of long horns with a ceremonial procession according to the Drukpa Kagyu tradition, with the addition of five young nuns dressed as dakinis. As an auspicious beginning to the visit, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche and Togden Chokyi Lodro—the …

Eye on border, China fanning intra-sect rivalry: Ladakh's Buddhist leader(Hindustantimes)

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Prashant Jha, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 25, 2014
First Published: 18:37 IST(25/9/2014) | Last Updated: 18:57 IST(25/9/2014)

At a time when Chinese incursions in Ladakh has India’s security establishment worried, Gyalwang Drukpa, the honorific title of the top Buddhist leader of the Drukpa sect with followers in Ladakh and Tibet, has accused Beijing of fanning intra-sect rivalries and using the Karmapa-led sect to take over monasteries in the holy Mount Kailash area of Tibet. This, he claims, is being done with an eye on the border issue.

Speaking exclusively to HT, Gyalwang Drukpa - Jigme Pema Wangchen - said that 75-80 percent in Ladakh and over 95 percent in the Kailash area are Drukpa sect followers. “There are several Drukpa monasteries in the Kailash region, but followers of the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism are taking over our sites. They are engaged in forceful conversion. God knows where they are getting the money – but we strongly suspect it is with the help of the …

The Karmapas: The Murmur of the Black Hats (LE MONDE DES RELIGIONS)

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By Jean-Paul Ribes. Courtesy of « LE MONDE DES RELIGIONS (SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE) »


What could be going on in this seven-year-old boy’s head as, perched astride a white horse, he enters Tsurphu monastery in central Tibet under a shower of white scarves? We are in June 1992, and the Karmapa has returned home after 33 years of exile. In his new incarnation at least. This boy, who was to don the title of the 17th Karmapa and be named Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was born in 1985 in a remote camp in the Kham province of eastern Tibet to a nomad family which raised yaks, sheep and goats. He was such a happy and adventurous child that his brothers and sisters called him Apo Gaga, “happy birth”. Then one day, lamas paid a visit to the monastery where his parents had sent him to study along with his elder brother. Before his own death a decade earlier in New York, the 16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje, had left written indications regarding the one who would continue the line by assuming the title that m…

Kindness and Love, a teaching by the Karmapa upon his visit to the Suja School.

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25th Sept, 2014. TCV Suja School. On the morning of September 24th, His Holiness and entourage travelled to the Tibetan Children’s Village at Suja, 57 kms from Gyuto Monastery, near the Tibetan Settlement of Bir. On the way, they stopped to greet community leaders and people who had gathered on the roadside to welcome His Holiness at both Tashi Jong and Sherab Ling. Upon arriving at the Suja TCV school, His Holiness was welcomed with deep respect by the school’s Director, and the children, teachers and many others who lined the road. That morning, the children performed for him the play of Milarepa. After lunch, groups of students engaged with the “Tibet Our Country” program presented His Holiness with their projects about Tibetan culture. His Holiness later expressed his appreciation for the presentations. The next day, at their request, His Holiness addressed the students and staff of the large community. He focused on the value of respect, kindness, and love. As he pointed out, all be…

Thongdrol: Liberation Through Seeing - The Feature Film

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by David Cherniack


New Preview of Thongdrol: Liberation through Seeing from David Cherniack on Vimeo.



A visually stunning, feature length, theatrical documentary on the magical Tibetan sacred art form that was developed by the Karmapas.


His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa. For letters of support for the film please click on the Link

This theatrical documentary has the active support and guidance of His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa.The Karmapa is the traditional leader of the Karma Kagyu, one of the major branches of Tibetan Buddhism. The first Karmapa was the original Tibetan master to intentionally take rebirth.

The film is being made by experienced professionals: a producer/director who has made more than 60 documentaries, a Visual Effects producer who has won two Oscars, and talented cinematographers.

Filming in ultra high definition 4k has been underway since the January shoot in Bodhgaya that is featured in the preview video. For a more extensive, much …

Karmapa Joins Meeting of India’s Spiritual Leaders Convened by Dalai Lama

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20-21st Sept, 2014 – Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. The Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, joined His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Indian faith leaders this past weekend in Delhi for an unprecedented meeting—convened by His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself—for the spiritual leaders of India to agree to an action plan that would allow them to lead society in addressing major issues of the day. As a sign of the conference’s success in promoting harmony and consensus among the nation’s spiritual leaders, the two-day meeting yielded the Delhi Declaration of 2014, a document affirming their unanimous commitment to specific goals and outlining the measures they jointly agreed to undertake to accomplish those goals. In convening the conference, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called on India’s religious leaders to join together to lead society on several urgent issues of our times, including: environmental issues, women’s empowerment, closing the gap between the rich and the poor, promoting hum…