April 22, 2009

I am happy to release the 108 Things You Can Do today on Earth Day (April 22nd) and hope that this auspicious act has far-reaching benefits for the Earth.

Our world is facing an environmental crisis which is complex, overwhelming and affects us all, but it is difficult to know where to begin and what we can do.

It is very important for all of us to change our behavior and we need to start taking practical steps. These 108 Things You Can Do are a path that everyone can follow in order to make a difference.
This list of 108 Things You Can Do was produced during the First Kagyu Conference on Environmental Protection held in Saranath, Varanasi in March 2009. These practical solutions were developed under the leadership of His Holiness with the help of the representatives from the participating monasteries and nunneries.



April 20, 2009 - Gyuto, Dharamsala

At 2:30pm His Holiness gathered all the Tsurphu Labrang (Karmapa's Office of Administration) staff members, those working Gyuto, to his audience chamber. His Holiness gave a brief introduction about environmental consciousness and how humans have created problems to upset the natural balance of the environment.

His Holiness explained that there are many ways to protect the environment. One simple manner of conduct is for us to contemplate the origin of products that we use daily, tracing back how it was made. Products we use start from a raw material source, and energy is consumed to get it to your table. We should consider that we can choose products and use products that are eco-friendly. Tracing the origins of products is one of the many methods that His Holiness introduced.

His Holiness also conveyed that the protection of the environment is truly a Buddhist act as it benefits the whole ecosystem.

2009.4.20 法王噶瑪巴開示應建立環保意識 HHK Gives Instructions on Eco-Consciousness

His Holiness gives instructions on environmental consciousness



April 11, 2009 - Dharamsala 

His Holiness Karmapa is studying the sciences with Daniel Goleman. For four days, His Holiness will study two-hour long science classes in Gyuto. Richard Gere joined His Holiness on the first day of class.
Daniel Goleman is an internationally recognized psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. For many years, working as a scientific journalist for The New York Times, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences. Goleman's 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence (Bantam Books) was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half; with more than 5,000,000 copies in print worldwide in 30 languages, and has been a best seller in many countries. Goleman is one of the advisors of the “Mind and Life” conference and has been participating ever since the 3rd “Mind and Life” conference, which was held in 1990.

2009.4.11 法王噶瑪巴修學科學課程 His Holiness Karmapa Studying the Sciences

His Holiness Karmapa studying the sciences



April 6-10, 2009 - Dharamsala

His Holiness Karmapa attended the “Mind and Life” conference, which took place at His Holiness Dalai Lama’s residence.
Prominent western scientists and renowned academics have gathered for five days of presentation and dialogues as part of a “Mind and Life” conference series, including Buddhist scholar-practitioners.
The conference themed: “Attention, Memory and Mind: A synergy of Psychological, Neuroscientific and Contemplative Perspectives” started with an inaugural talk by the Dalai Lama.
This is the 18th Mind and Life meeting. The first meeting took place in 1987.
The Mind and Life Dialogues, more generally termed “Dialogues between Buddhism and the sciences”, were initially started to experiment whether a rigorous exchange could occur between leading modern scientists and the Dalai Lama.
The 18th Mind and Life Conference aims the primary focus on the subjective phenomenology, information-processing operations, and neural mechanisms of attention, memory and conscious awareness from both scientific and Buddhist perspectives.
A number of scientific research programs collaborated with contemplatives to conduct scientific investigation and one of the primary pursuits of Mind and Life scientists is to study the effects of contemplative practices like meditation and mental training have on brain and behavior, and the translation of this data into effective tools to benefit people.
Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Hollywood Buddhist star, Richard Gere and, Robert Thurman, Buddhist scholar and author are among others taking part in the ongoing conference.

2009.4.6-10 法王噶瑪巴出席第十八屆『心靈與生命研討會』HHK attended the “Mind and Life” Conference

His Holiness Karmapa attended the “Mind and Life” Conference


April 6, 2009 - Dharamsala

His Holiness Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa joined by eminent religious leaders from various religious faiths for conference on Sunday at the Dhukhor temple, Tsuklakhang .

The Gyalwang Karmapa was conferred with the India Splendor Award 2009 for his contributions to World Peace.

The second conference on 'the Indian view for global peace' is themed “Reciprocity: Base for universal Interconnectedness”.

The conference was participated among others by His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj of Bhanpura Peeth, His Holiness Chidanand Saraswati, Jain Muni Acharya Sri Roopchandra ji, Rev. D S Uchida and His Holiness Swami Parmanand Saraswati.
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi of India Splendor, which is organizing the event, presided over the conference. Dr. Modi, an Indian industrialist, is also one of the patrons of Mahabodhi Society of India.
Dr Modi, on behalf of the peace conference, appealed the Dalai Lama to accept the Indian citizenship and to help lead the global movement for peace from India.
The event is sponsored by Purna Holistic Center, Indian Council of Religious Leaders, Mahabodhi Society of India, Sri Jwalamukhi Mandir Trust, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vaish Federation, Parmarth Niketan, Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association and Jyotimarth avantar Bhanpura Peeth.

2009.4.6 法王噶瑪巴獲頒2009年印度輝煌獎India Splendor Award

His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa was conferred the
India Splendor Award 2009 for his "contribution to world peace"


Nine & A Half Fingers (A Tibetan Tale of Karma) (Forward by His Holiness The 17th Karmapa)

  • Publisher: Paljor Publication Private Ltd.; 2009 edition (1 April 2009)


Stories play an important part in a child’s life and development. I remember how when I was a child I used to love to listen to them and how much I enjoyed leafing through colorfully illustrated storybooks.

Listening to and reading stories develop a child’s intelligence and imagination. Stories teach the child how to distinguish between right and wrong and emphasis values such as honesty, justice and compassion furthermore from stories children can learn about the dilemmas and difficulties that they may face one day. In these ways stories are a preparation for life.

Stories are often the first introduction children have to their own culture history and tradition. Tibet has a rich oral tradition, but it is only in recent times that efforts have been made to preserve this tradition in written form and thus safeguard Tibet’s unique cultural heritage for future generations.

I believe it is important to make these traditional stories available to children and this book will be a valuable addition. I am sure that children will enjoy reading it and I hope that more such storybooks will be produced in future.

His Holiness The 17th Karmapa