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RFA: His Holiness addresses an audience of Tibetans in London


Karmapa’s travel curbs to go - The Hindu

Vijaita Singh
NEW DELHI,  MAY 23, 2017 

Centre may allow him to visit any place, except Sikkim, without seeking its nod

Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, may be allowed to visit any place in the country, except Sikkim, without seeking the government’s permission. The Home Ministry has moved the proposal before the Cabinet Committee on Security, a senior government official said here on Tuesday.

The move assumes significance in the wake of China’s repeated warnings over the recent Northeast visit of the Dalai Lama, who Beijing describes as a “separatist” for spearheading the Tibetan freedom movement.

No certainty

Though the Dalai Lama has endorsed Urgyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa, it does not necessarily mean that the latter succeeds him, said Amitabh Mathur, Adviser to the Home Ministry on Northeast subjects, including Tibetan affairs.

“But that doesn’t mean he is seen as his successor. That will depend on how Tibetans see him and whether they will look up to him for s…

Sikkim urges visiting Indian Home Minister to let Karmapa visit - Tibetan Review

(, May 22, 2017) – In only the latest of a long series of moves to bring the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to his exile seat monastery of Rumtek, a delegation of monks from monasteries across Sikkim have met India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek an early permission for him to visit the state. The monks called on Singh on May 20 during his two-day visit to the state, reported India’s PTI news agency May 20.

The report said the delegation submitted a resolution taken after a peace rally in Gangtok on May 18, urging the Government of India to grant one of the “most important demand and aspiration” of the Buddhists of Sikkim, seeking early permission for the Karmapa to visit the state. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism.

The report said the delegation was led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, the elected political representative of the monks in the state’s Legislative Assembly.

The report said a central government order in 1994 i…

“Karmapa: 900 Years” online e-Book

“Karmapa: 900 Years” has been updated and produced as a new e-book under the Guidance of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. This beautifully illustrated authoritative guide to the Karma Kagyu lineage(and Tibetan Buddhism in general) was first published by KTD Publications on the 900th anniversary of the birth of the first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (1110 – 1193) and has since been translated into over a dozen languages. The Gyalwang Karmapa has instructed that the revised 3rd edition now be made freely available on the KTD Publications website for the benefit of all. Click on the link below to download the e-book and please use the links on the e-book page to share this classic volume with others. DOWNLOAD OR VIEW THE “KARMAPA: 900 YEARS” E-BOOK HERE

His Holiness the Karmapa Begins Landmark UK Visit - Buddhistdoor Global

By Craig Lewis                  
Buddhistdoor Global | 2017-05-22 

LONDON—His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived in London last week, marking his first ever visit to the United Kingdom. He was warmly welcomed by throngs of devotees and well-wishers, including senior rinpoches resident in the UK, some 37 years after the last visit by the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924–81), who was instrumental in enabling the transmission of Vajrayana Buddhism to the West.

Following his safe arrival on 17 May, public events during the Karmapa’s historic 11-day visit have included a three-part teaching on the “Eight Verses for Training the Mind,” the famous lojong text by Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054–1123), in London’s Battersea Park on 20–21 May, followed by a Chenrezig Empowerment. On 27 May, His Holiness is scheduled to give a Long Life Empowerment in Surrey.

“To begin with, I would like to express my great delight at this opportunity that has come to pass for me to visit London,…

The 17th Karmapa’s Heart Advice to Kagyu Samye Ling and Samye Dzong

Kagyu Samye Dzong, London, England – May 22, 2017

As the Karmapa’s car drew to a halt in the street outside Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre, the combined Samye Ling and Samye Dzong Sangha greeted him in traditional Tibetan style. Long horns resounded, accompanied by gyalings, drums and cymbals. A monk held the great golden umbrella, which signifies kingship, above the Karmapa’s head as he strode up the steps into the centre. His Holiness was preceded by Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, head of the Samye Ling organisation, and escorted by a Golden Procession of monks and nuns, most in their special Kagyu ceremonial hats and a few wearing the yellow pointed ones. Some carried incense, some blew conches, some played Tibetan trumpets, and some held Buddhist flags and victory banners aloft. Inside the center a group of invited guests offered katas. The Karmapa beamed and waved at everyone before making his way up the central staircase to his private quarters where he took lunch an…

Compassion and Emptiness are the Keys

Battersea Evolution, London, England – Afternoon, May 21, 2017

Continuing with his explanation of the Geshe Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Mind Training, the Karmapa turned to the seventh verse, which teaches the practice of tonglen, sending and receiving.

In sum, whether directly or indirectly, May I offer all benefit and joy to my mothers. When my others are harmed or suffer, May I secretly take these harms upon myself. Originally, the Karmapa noted, these teachings were kept as a secret oral instruction and given only to those who had prepared themselves as a suitable vessel for them. They were also secret in another way. The practice entails taking on the injuries and suffering of others while sending them all of our benefits and happiness. We regard others’ welfare as more important than our own and come to see that actually, benefitting them is the best way to benefit ourselves. In doing this, we should be free of expecting anything in return and so we help others secretly.

It would b…

The Challenges of Practice

Battersea Evolution, London, England – Morning, May 21, 2017

Today’s morning teachings began with the fourth verse from the Eight Verses for Training the Mind:

Whenever I see beings of ill character
Weighed down by harsh misdeeds and suffering,
As if I had discovered a treasury of precious jewels,
May I cherish them as something difficult to find.The practice taught by this verse, the Karmapa commented, entails relating to three types of people: those with a negative or horrible character, those weighed down by significant misdeeds, and those experiencing severe suffering. “The first type,” the Karmapa explained, “refers to people whose minds are overwhelmed by powerful disturbing emotions that cause them to lose their self-control. Their minds are incapacitated by their afflictions, such as pride, aggression, or jealousy. It is possible that a family member fits into this category, behaving in erratic ways or becoming irritable and angry. They might be a good person most of time but in th…

Sikkim monks seek early permission for Karmapas visit - India Today

May 20, 2017 | UPDATED 17:30 IST

Gangtok, May 20 (PTI) A delegation of monks of various monasteries of Sikkim met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging early permission for Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit the state.

The monks called on Singh, who is on a two-day visit here, at the Raj Bhavan last evening, officials said.

They submitted the resolution taken after a peace rally here on May 18 which urged the Government of India to grant one of the "most important demand and aspiration" of the Buddhists of Sikkim seeking early permission for the Karmapa to visit Sikkim.

The delegation was led by the Sangha MLA Sonam Kelyon Lama, who is the elected political representative of the monks in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, the officials added.

A central government order bans entry of all the three Karmapa claimants to the title of Karmapa at Rumtek monastery in East Sikkim since 1994.

The Sikkimese Buddhists who follow the Khagyu sect recognize the 31-year-old Ogyen Trinley Dorj…

The Karmapa Teaches the Practices of Humility, Mindfulness, and Compassion

Battersea Evolution, London, England – Afternoon, May 20, 2017

Reprising his teachings on the Eight Verses of Mind Training, the Karmapa turned to the second verse:

Wherever I am, whomever I’m with,
May I regard myself as lower than all others,
And from the depths of my heart,
May I hold them as supreme and cherish them.The first verse, he reminded us, gave the practice of seeing all living beings to be as precious as a wish-fulfilling jewel, and this second one encourages us always to be respectful towards others. Whomever we meet in whatever place, we train in respecting them and regarding ourselves as inferior, not in a superficial way, but from the depths of our hearts and the marrow of our bones. “This is about being humble,” the Karmapa remarked, “and mainly functions as an antidote to pride.” It is important, “because as we seek to benefit others, we will connect with all kinds of people, educated or not, wealthy or poor and we need to make our minds ready to be free of pride in any…

Gyalwang Karmapa Begins Teaching the Eight Verses of Mind Training: Diamonds in the Rough

Battersea Evolution, London, England – Morning, May 20, 2017

More than 2,000 people, mainly from the United Kingdom and Europe, gathered to hear the young head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism expound on an 11th century Tibetan text “The Eight Verses for Training the Mind” by the Kadampa master Geshe Langri Tangpa.

The Samye Ling community, who had transported everything from Scotland, transformed the hall of Battersea Evolution into a Tibetan shrine room. In front of an antique gold velvet backdrop, hung three thangkas depicting three of the twelve deeds of Shakyamuni Buddha, and a large, ornate throne graced centre stage. To its right a shrine containing an image of Four-Armed Chenresik had been prepared in advance of the empowerment to be held during the final session of the teachings. Two great bouquets of flowers flanked the throne and an abundance of flowers and greenery along the front edge of the stage added a fringe of living colour.

Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche,…

The Peace Pagoda on the River Thames: Tibet Meets Japan in the Borough of Wandsworth

May 20, 2017 – Battersea Park, London, England

On his way to teach for the first time in England at the Battersea Evolution, the Karmapa stopped to bless the nearby Peace Pagoda, located on the River Thames in Wandsworth. It is known as the Brighter Borough of London, and this morning lived up to its name as the sun shone brightly while wisps of white clouds perched in a wide and light blue sky. The mayor of Wandsworth, Clir Jim Madden (reelected just yesterday) and his wife were present in their impressive regalia of golden mayoral collars or chains of office. Before their arrival, the head monk of the nearby temple, Reverend Gyoro Nagase, and a Japanese nun, both of whom belong to the Nipponzan Myohoji tradition of Japanese Buddhism, joined a group of Tibetans to prepare the site. They set up a small alter with an antique incense burner, wafting Tibetan and Japanese incense into the cool morning air.

When the Karmapa arrived, these personages were the main ones to welcome him. The sou…