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TCV Celebrates 56th year of inception - Phayul

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Phayul[Monday, October 24, 2016 17:38]By Tenzin Dharpo



DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 24: The foremost Tibetan school in exile, the Tibetan Children’s Village yesterday kicked off the commemorations of the 56th founding anniversary with cultural programs, display of performances by the students as well as the congregation of noted dignitaries who took part in the event. The theme of the 2016 edition of the TCV ‘Linka’ (picnic) as it is referred to as was ‘unity among the people of Tibet’ in its collective struggle. 

The chief guest, Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, presided over the first day of the three day anniversary celebrations. The head of the kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism emphasized the revitalization of the Tibetan identity and it’s furtherance through the Tibetan children who he said represent the coming generations. “The most important duty of each Tibetan, in the face of the ever changing time and events, is to be mindful that one’s action contribute in ensuring the survival of …

Language as the Link, Unity as the Future: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the 56th Anniversary of the Upper TCV

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October 23, 2016 – Upper TCV, Dharamsala, India

On a bright sunny day, more than a thousand Tibetans gathered to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the Upper TCV Dharamsala. His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa was invited as the chief guest for the opening ceremony of three days of events that would showcase Tibetan cultural performances, art exhibitions, debates, and an athletics meet. The theme of the celebration was the unity of the three provinces of Tibet, (Utsang, Kham, and Amdo), and how this can be strengthened through Tibetan spiritual values and culture.Other distinguished guests included the Kalon (Minister) of the Department of Religion and Culture, Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok, the Speaker of 16th Tibetan Parliament, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, as well as members of the Kashag, many Secretaries and officials of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA,) and representatives of various NGOs. They sat in balcony seats by the playing fields where events took place while guests in festive dress fille…

TCV Marks 56th Founding Anniversary, Highlights Unity as the Way Forward - CTA

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October 23, 2016




DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) school began its 56th founding anniversary celebrations today at a ceremony held at Upper TCV school, Dharamshala.

The first of three day celebration was graced by His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the chief guest. Other distinguished guests of the occasion were the Kalon of Department of Religion and Culture Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, as Officiating Sikyong, Speaker of 16th Tibetan Parliament Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, members of the Kashag, Secretaries and officials of Central Tibetan Administration, representatives of various NGOs, TCV 20 Years Service Award Recipients, TCV Alumni class of 1991 Batch and long time supporters and donors of TCV.

More than a thousand Tibetans gathered at the school to witness the opening ceremony. The three-day celebration includes athletics meet, art exhibitions, debates and cultural shows.

The theme of this year’s celebration has been dedicated to the ‘Unity of the three provi…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Offers Condolences at the Passing Away of King Bhumibol of Thailand

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I was saddened to hear of the passing away this week of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who had been a guide and a source of hope and stability to the people of Thailand for more than seventy years.During his reign he played a crucial role in encouraging and defending the development of democracy, while striving to preserve the ancient Buddhist traditions of his kingdom. He committed his life to working for the well-being of Thailand, and the outpouring of grief witnessed across the Thai nation following his passing indicates the deep love and respect in which he was held by his people.At this time of mourning, I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and other members of the royal family, and to all the people of Thailand.

I pray that those who are now full of sorrow will feel comforted and that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s vision and hopes for Thailand and the Thai people ma…

The Four Noble Truths: How to Turn Suffering into Happiness (Podcast Episode #011)

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Today’s podcast episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to Paris, France, and is a beautiful teaching on the Four Noble Truths.This was the very first teaching that the historical Buddha gave and as such it is essential to Buddhists of all traditions, and practitioners of every level. The Karmapa teaches on all of the Noble Truths and discusses how we can overcome different types of suffering.This episode is two sessions combined into one audio track and thus there is also two question and answer portions where students in the audience ask His Holiness about the refugee crisis in Europe, developing renunciation, and much more.You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.Karmapa speaks in Tibetan with and English translator.

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The Viewpoints of Both the East and the West Are Necessary: The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks at the Fourth Mind and Life Conference at the Men-Tsee-khang (Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute)

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October 12, 2016 – Dharamshala, India

This morning the Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest of honor at the opening of the Body, Mind and Life Conference, which took place for the fourth time at the Men-Tsee-khang College’s auditorium. Also present were the special guest, the Minister of Health Choekyong Wangchuk from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche along with many important officials from the CTA and the Men-Tsee-Khang. The conference focused on the pervasive problem of depression, looking at it from the perspective of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and astrology as well as modern science.Recalling that he had benefitted from attending Mind and Life conferences with HH the Dalai Lama, the Karmapa mentioned that he had studied some western psychology. On this basis and he suggested, “It is important for Western psychology and the psychology found in the Buddhist tradition to share their good points and learn from one another. In this way, they …

Tibet Express: Men-Tsee-Khang begins 4th International Conference on Body, Mind and Life

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By Lobsang Tenchoe



DHARAMSALA. Oct 12: Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute’s department of Body, Mind and Life began its 4th International Conference on Body, Mind and Life at Men-Tsee-khang college’s auditorium earlier today.
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje graced the conference as the Chief Guest.  Others in attendance for the occasion include Special Guest, Choekyong Wangchuk, Health Kalon (Minister) of Central Tibetan Administration(CTA), Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche and other dignitaries from CTA and Men-Tsee-Khang.
The Chief Guest and the Special Guest launched three books on presentations of 1st ,2nd and 3rd Body, Mind and Life conference at the inaugural function of the conference.
“This conference is what His Holiness the Dalai Lama advocates. The western scholars (modern science) and eastern scholars (Tibetan Medical and astrologers) will exchange and deliberate on their findings and research at the conference and it will surely benefit the entire …

Karmapa attends 4th Mind and Life conference - Phayul

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[Wednesday, October 12, 2016 19:19]By Tenzin Dharpo


DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 12: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, attended the opening event of the ‘Mind and Life’ conference organized by the Dharamshala based Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute today. 
The young Lama, often described by the international media as the “second highest leader” after the Dalai Lama, jested that he had simply come to say “hello” although acknowledging that such events had been helpful to him personally in understanding new concepts and aspects of Buddhist and scientific perceptions.
The young lama expressed that ‘Mind and Life’ initiatives address the increasingly coveted issue of understanding human mind through science as well as Buddhism and that the much needed venture will help to tackle growing issue of mental disorders or disturbances prevalent in modern lives.
“The experts from the East and the West must come together to work out solutions for the modern day issues related to disturbances and …

The Critical Issue of Tibetan Unity: The Gyalwang Karmapa Concludes His Three-Day Visit to TCV

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October 12, 2016 – TCV School, Upper Dharamsala

This afternoon the Gyalwang Karmapa celebrated the final day of his three-day visit to Upper TCV by giving a long-life empowerment, a reading transmission for the Twenty-One Praises of Tara, and an openhearted talk on the situation of the Tibetan community. He began by discussing the general attitude towards long life empowerments.There are many rituals that deal with prolonging life, he said, such as an empowerment, sadhana, life release, ransoming life, or summoning the life force. “However, in order to have a long life, we need to create both inner and outer positive conditions,” he explained. “We need to look after our physical health. Tibetan medical texts speak at length about the importance of diet, sleep patterns, and exercise. If we pay careful attention to these physical conditions, the texts say, they will become a means to prolong our lives. Further, the inner or mental conditions involve a good intention along with a spacious…

On Becoming a Good Person The Gyalwang Karmapa talks to the Middle and Senior Students at TCV

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October 11, 2016 – Tibetan Children’s Village Upper Dharamsala, India

The Gyalwang Karmapa began his second day at TCV by circumambulating the shrine hall while turning the prayer wheels, and then he spoke briefly with the teachers and staff. Afterward he went to visit classrooms for the Middle and Senior students Sometimes the Karmapa stood in the back of the classroom to observe, and at others he stood with the teacher or next to a student watching how they were taking notes or reading their book. In the science lab, the students showed him the projects they had recently completed.During the afternoon, the Karmapa returned to the main hall to talk to the Middle and Senior students as well as the faculty. Sitting on the stage beneath a large image of the Buddha, the Karmapa recalled that he had come many times this school as well as other TCV schools. This occasion, however, was special since he could spend three consecutive days with them and thanked all who had made it possible.Afte…

Connecting with the Younger Generation of Tibetans

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October 10, 2016 – Tibetan Children’s Village School Upper Dharamshala, India


Recently the Gyalwang Karmapa spent three days at the Tibetan Children’s Village School Upper Dharamsala to make a closer connection with the students and their teachers as well as their way of life and study. As he arrived on the morning of this first day, he was greeted by long lines of teachers and students with their khatas, and escorted to the school’s main hall by officials of the school, including Mr. Ngodup Wangdue, the Director, and Mr. Namdol Tashi, the Principal.In this hall the first event of the Karmapa’s visit took place—the concluding program of a month-long study of logic in the Tibetan tradition. As the chief guest, the Karmapa addressed the assembly. He first cited HH the Dalai Lama’s counsel that students should focus on Buddhist logic, philosophical systems, and practice, and rejoiced praising the students’ and teachers’ enthusiastic efforts in these areas. The Karmapa noted, “Both inside …