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Karmapa in Europe 2015 Newsletter

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Bonn 27 – 30 August
On behalf of Kamalashila Institut® für Buddhistische Studien und Meditation and the Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland e. V., we are pleased to welcome all friends, students and interested guests to the events accompanying H.H. the XVII. Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s second visit to Europe in August and September 2015.

Love, Compassion, Rejoicing, Equanimity. Without Limit. 

The Main Message of Karmapa’s journey to Europe in 2015 is how to integrate spirituality in everyday life. Since we are living in a world that is becoming smaller while our lives become more and more interconnected, we have to find ways to take more responsibility for our surroundings and create better conditions in general for a peaceful and harmonious co-existence. This is a universal task which is based on the cultivation of a clear vision and a good heart.

Love, Compassion, Rejoicing and Equanimity. Without Limit. The motto of the journey manifests four positive mental attitudes, kn…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Talks with Tibetan Youth

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July 27, 2015 – Sidhbari, India From July 1 to August 7, 2015, the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) is providing a summer school program to enable Tibetan children living abroad to learn Tibetan language, culture, and history along with the basic principles of Buddhism. Through visits and interaction with TCV children, the program allows Tibetan youth from abroad to experience firsthand the Tibetan exile community in India. These five weeks enable the children to get a feel for the Tibetan spirit, and this helps them to maintain their identity in exile. They can also come to a better understanding and appreciation for the Tibetan cause and aspirations. On the morning of July 27, the students from the summer school came to Sidhbari where the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke with them. “I am delighted that you, who belong to this new generation of Tibetans, have come to study in Dharamshala our Tibetan language in its spoken and written forms. I’m also very happy that along with your studies, you h…

KARMAPA • "All beings are BUDDHA by NATURE"

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The nature of all sentient beings from ants on up is pure, in terms of the ground. In essence it is pure, but in appearance it is obscured or contaminated.
But the appernace of being obscured or contaminated does not harm the pure ground even the slightest. That, in any case, is present in a pure manner. Thus we can place our hopes in and believe in that.
What we can believe is that no matter how many wrongs and misdeeds we have done, at all times our nature is present in a stainless manner. It cannot ever be blackened or contaminated by our wrongs. Thus all the wrongs we have done and mistakes we have made in this life can be repaired, and we have at any moment the opportunity to become a good person. This is what I understand it to teach.
Therefore I would like to ask you to take this opportunity you have now and make the effort to become a good person and bring meaning to your life.



Karmapa, Pema Chödrön endorse Buddhist art “caretaking” project - Lion's Roar

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BY | JULY 21, 2015





“Time is running out. Earthquake, fire, flood, armed conflict, and political upheaval threaten Buddhist sacred art in monasteries,” says the new website of Treasure Caretaker Training, a registered non-profit is dedicated to saving endangered sacred art.
Launched in 2014 by Ann Shaftel, an art conservator, the project trains “treasure caretakers” such as monks and nuns in techniques such as digital documentation of precious objects, video interviews of elders, risk assessment and disaster management. The project works with monasteries, museums, and universities in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Europe, and North America to help protect Buddhist art such as paintings, statuary, costumes, instruments, and other sacred objects. Participants are also trained to use smartphones and tablets to interview elders. “Elders hold the history of the object in the oral history tradition. If an elder dies and their story is not recorded, then the history of that object can be los…

Tenth Traleg Rinpoche located, recognized - Lion's Roar

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BY | JULY 14, 2015





Following the passing of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche in July 2012, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, this spring issued a letter received by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche that indicated that Traleg Rinpoche’s successor had been born and would be found in Zama Village in Batong, Tibet. That successor, Traleg Yangse Rinpoche, has now been officially recognized by Thrangu Monastery Tibet, under the guidance of the Karmapa and Thrangu Rinpoche. According to a statement released today via E-Vam Institute, “On 13 July 2015, Lodro Nyima Rinpoche and Drupon Rinchen Tseling-la led the chief committee members of Thrangu Monastery Tibet to Zama Village in Batong where they found Traleg Yangse Rinpoche’s family waiting outside their home.” Until the young Rinpoche’s enthronement takes place, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, head of Thrangu Monastery, recommends students continue to recite swift return prayers for Traleg Rinpoche. You can read the full announcement on E-V…

Indian Express: Karmapa back in the dock — what now?

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shwani Sharma recalls 2011 case against Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in which HC wants him prosecuted. 




Written by Ashwani Sharma| Published on:July 13, 2015 2:37 am


What is the case against the Karmapa?

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 30, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, is accused in a case of alleged illegal purchase, in 2011, of 52 kanals of land by the Karma Garchen Trust, Sidhwari (Dharamshala), of which he is chairman. Under Section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, non-agriculturists and non-Himachalis cannot buy land in Himachal Pradesh without the government’s permission. The Trust allegedly struck the deal with Dharamshala businessman K P Bhardwaj, also accused in the case.

How did the deal come to light?

On January 26, 2011, the Una district police intercepted Bhardwaj’s Scorpio (HP36A 0444) during a routine check at the Mehatpur border with Punjab, and recovered Rs 1 crore in gunny bags stuffed under the seats. Two people, i…

Support for beleaguered Karmapa pours in from all quarters - Hindustan Times

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Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala| Jul 12, 2015 






Days after the Himachal Pradesh high court ordered criminal proceedings against him in the 2011 foreign exchange violation case, support has starting pouring in for Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa who is the head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, from all quarters, particularly the Buddhist community spread across the Himalayas.

A bit disappointed but optimistic, the followers of the 30-year-old leader feel he would "come out clean" and that it was time the Indian government took the initiative to resolve the issue to avoid alienating Buddhists residing in a "strategic border area."

They have categorically blamed a rival group owing allegiance to Trinley Thay Dorje, a claimant to the title of the Karmapa, for trying to implicate Ogyen and have alleged the NGO that filed the petition in the high court, Denzong Nang-Ten Sung-Kyob Tsogpa (DNST), was backe…

17th Karmapa’s brush with controversies continues - The Tribune

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Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 12



Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the 17th Karmapa, has been running into controversies since his recognition as the head of the Kagyu Sect and his mysterious escape from Chinese controlled Tibet to India.
Row over recognition
Ogyen Trinley Dorjee was born on June 26, 1985, in a nomad community of Bakor in Eastern Tibet. He was recognised as reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa by Dalai Lama in June 1992.
However, one of the prominent teachers of Kagyu, Shamar Rinpoche, refused to recognise Ogyen Trinley Dorjee as the 17th Karmapa. He instead claimed that Thaye Trinley Dorjee was the real 17th Karmapa.
In May 2012, the Himachal government issued directions against referring Ogyen \Trinley Dorjee as Karmapa in an official communcation. The directions were issued in response to a communication by the Una administration in which it had referred to Ogyen Trinley Dorjee as the 17th Karmapa. Shamar Rinpoche had also raised objections.
Later, a third candidate, …

Tibetan monk Karmapa Urgyen Trinley faces money-laundering case in India - ANI News

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Shimla/ Dharamsala, July 10 (ANI): A court dismissed a ruling to drop charges against Karmapa Urgyen Trinley, a top Tibetan monk who is seen as a potential successor to the Dalai Lama, and is to be prosecuted for money-laundering charges, said a government lawyer. The Himachal Pradesh high court directed authorities to open criminal proceedings against Trinley over the recovery of around $1.4 million in foreign currency during a raid on his Buddhist monastery in Dharamsala four years ago. The police had filed charges against 10 people including the Karmapa, but a district court had dismissed the case in 2012 in a verdict. Advocate general of Himachal Pradesh, Shrawan Dogra, said the district court's decision was overturned. His office denies wrongdoing and says the money comes from the thousands of often wealthy followers who have visited the Karmapa every year since he arrived in India. A member of Tibetan parliament-in-exile, Karma Chophel, said they might appeal against the ver…

Tibetans- in-exile in Dharamsala disappointed by high court order against spiritual leader - ANI News

Dharamsala, July 10 (ANI): Tibetans living in exile in hill town of Dharamsala were left disappointed after a court on Thursday refused to drop charges against 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in the 2011 foreign currency haul case. The 30-year old who is the current embodiment of Karmapa Lama, a sacred role in Tibetan Buddhism, was implicated by the Indian police in December 2011 following a seizure of $1.4 million from his monastery in Himachal Pradesh. However, the high court reopened the case and refused to drop charges against the Tibetan spiritual leader. Meanwhile, another Tibetan-in-exile, Lobsang Wangya expressed shock at the court's ruling. The Karmapa is close to the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.


Why Karmapa is no stranger to controversy - Hindustan Times

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Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times, DHARAMSALA | Jul 10, 2015





The time around his birth was said to be marked by auspicious omens — three white cranes offering bowl of yoghurt to his mother in dream, birds singing songs, a rainbow appearing on the family tent, sound of a conch shell resonating across the valley and tonnes of various musical instruments reverberating in the hills.

Born on June 26, 1985, in Lhatok of East Tibet, this not so ordinary boy was initially called “Apo Gaga” (Happy brother), until he was at the age of seven discovered to be Ogyen Trinley Dorje, 17th in the Karmapa lineage, the head of the powerful Karma Kagyu school, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and enthroned on September 27, 1992, to the seat.

Now aged 30, he lives in his exiled home, the peaceful hill town Dharamsala, revered by lakhs of followers but always overshadowed by controversies.
While his recognition as the 17th Karmapa has been a subject of controversy, the spiritual leader’s dramat…

Top Tibetan monk faces India money-laundering charges - The Guardian

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By AFP on July 9, 2015   




A top Tibetan monk who is seen as a potential successor to the Dalai Lama is to be prosecuted for money-laundering after an Indian court overturned a decision to drop charges, police said Thursday.
At a hearing on Wednesday at the Himachal Pradesh High Court, a judge issued an order for authorities to open criminal proceedings against Karmapa Urgyen Trinley over the recovery of around $1 million in foreign currency during a raid on his Buddhist monastery four years ago.
Although criminal conspiracy charges were filed in the aftermath of the raid, a district court had dismissed the case in 2012 in a verdict that was later appealed and the subject of Wednesday’s hearing.
“The impugned order of May 21, 2012, passed by the judicial magistrate of Una is quashed and dismissed,” Judge Sureshwar Thakur said in his judgement, a copy which has been obtained by AFP.
Local police chief Anupam Sharma confirmed that the first step in bringing a prosecution had begun.
“We have al…