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GYALWANG KARMAPA VISITS DHAMMEKH STUPA, PAYS HOMAGE TO SITES OF BUDDHA'S FIRST TEACHING

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December 31, 2011- Sarnath, Varanasi. December 31, 2011 – While the Gyalwang Karmapa's primary focus during this stay in Sarnath is to engage in intensive Mahakala practice in a retreat setting, he paid an auspicious visit on the last day of the year to the Dhammekh stupa in Sarnath. As the site of Lord Buddha's first teaching, the stupa marks one of the holiest sites for Buddhists of all traditions. Approaching the site solemnly, His Holiness first passed among the remains of the many great monasteries and temples that once made Sarnath a vibrant center for Buddhist study and practice. He then circumambulated the Dhammekh stupa, and engaged in meditative prayer. In the company of a large retinue of monks and nuns, His Holiness the Karmapa recited prayers and praises to Lord Buddha, including the Praise to the Twelve Deeds. In ancient times, the site was renowned for its herds of deer, co-existing peacefully with the sages and ascetics practicing in the park. As such, it beca…

PRESERVING A UNIQUE SPIRITUAL ART FORM,GYALWANG KARMAPA INSTRUCTS TORMA MAKERS

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December 30, 2011- Sarnath, Varanasi. His Holiness the Karmapa today addressed a group of 80 butter sculptors, including monks and nuns from over 35 monasteries and nunneries. Tibetan butter sculptures, sometimes loosely referred to tormas, are ritual cakes typically made of butter and other substances and often beautifully decorated. Each year, His Holiness appoints teams to create a dazzling visual feast of such images of buddhas, bodhisattvas and other holy beings. These butter sculptures are displayed as an offering on the altar set up before the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, Buddhism´s most sacred place, during the annual Kagyu Monlam prayer gathering. The making of butter sculpture is practiced widely across all sects of Tibetan Buddhism, with detailed guidelines regulating what sort of butter sculpture should be offered on various ritual occasions. In order to preserve this unique form of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual art, His Holiness had requested two senior masters from Bhutan to sp…

The Buddhist Channel: The Karmapa Wishes for Peace and Harmony in the New Year

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by Rajeshwari K, The Tibetpost International , 30 December 2011
Dharamshala, India -- In an address the 17th Karmapa, officially known as His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made to the media regarding the end of the current year and the fast approaching new year, he stated that he wishes we live this year with mutual love and respect for one another and for the earth that is our common home.






Referring to the popular belief that the world might end in 2012, he said "In fact, we never know what any given year might hold. But if we are sincerely committed to following a path of compassion and wisdom, this uncertainty about the future need not cause us any concern.

Whatever happens, we can simply keep our focus directed steadily at what matters most-cultivating compassion and equanimity, and acting to benefit others.""If we harbor this attitude in our hearts, we can make anything that occurs positive for ourselves and for others," he added.

Sp…

The Buddhist Channel: Art, Drama and Poetry Meet on Karmapa`s Creative Canvas

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IANS, December 29, 2011
New Delhi, India -- When Ogyen Trinley Dorje is not busy managing his 900-year-old religious order, the 17th Karmapa likes to do more human and colourful things - painting and writing poetry, songs and plays. An accomplished artist, the Karmapa sketches and paints with water colour.

"Art for me is a way of resting and replenishing my mind. As the person who holds the name of Karmapa, I hold so many responsibilities that need to be completed, to be accomplished, but not everything goes according to plan. It can be exhausting sometimes. What I like about painting a picture is that when I sit down to paint, I complete it," the Karmapa told reporters here.

The `sense of completion that goes along with completing the picture and the artistic ability` inspire him, the Karmapa said. "Even when I am drawing, there is something about the process of painting that brings peace and relaxation to my mind," the Karmapa said.

A series of six of h…

THOUSANDS OF HIMALAYAN PEOPLE SEEK GYALWANG KARMAPA'S BLESSINGS IN VARANASI

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December 29, 2011- Sarnath, Varanasi. From the moment of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa's arrival in Varanasi, the monastery where he is residing has been thronged by thousands of people from across India's Himalayan belt and Tibet, all seeking the Gyalwang Karmapa's blessings. During his past visits to Varanasi, Gyalwang Karmapa has typically offered public audiences on alternating days, inside the monastery building. However, due to the large numbers of people seeking the blessing of the Gyalwang Karmapa, His Holiness is now holding daily public audiences. Many Tibetans newly arrived from Tibet, as well as people from Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Kulu, Manali and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh all have converged in central India in advance of the Kalachakra initiation to be given next week in Bodhgaya by Tibetan Buddhism's supreme leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Pilgrims coming to attend the Kalachakra are taking what is for many of them a once-in-a-lifetim…

NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE FROM THE 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA, OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE

December 28, 2011 Many people have expressed anxiety about disasters that might befall the world in the year 2012. In fact, we never know what any given year might hold. But if we are sincerely committed to following a path of compassion and wisdom, this uncertainty about the future need not cause us any concern. Whatever happens, we simply keep our focus directed steadily at what matters most—cultivating compassion and equanimity, and acting to benefit others. If we harbor this attitude in our hearts, we can make anything that occurs positive for ourselves and for others. The year 2011 itself brought many unanticipated challenges—to our natural environment and to many human communities. My heartfelt prayers go to all those who suffered in the turmoil of this year. I wish especially to offer my prayers to all those who connected with me in any way during this year, as well as to all who will connect in the future. May you find lasting happiness and true peace. May all of us who share…

GOLDEN PROCESSION WELCOMES GYALWANG KARMAPA UPON ARRIVAL IN VARANASI

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December 27, 2011 His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, departed Delhi today for Varanasi, after successfully concluding the three-day Karmapa 900 Delhi commemoration in the nation's capital. His arrival was eagerly anticipated at Vajra Vidya in Sarnath, the monastery of the Gyalwang Karmapa's principal tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.   In preparation for His Holiness' arrival in Sarnath, the monks of Vajra Vidya decorated the road leading to the monastery with white chalk, drawing auspicious signs of welcome. Long before His Holiness' flight had even landed at the airport in Varanasi, the abbots and monks donned their ceremonial robes, and began rehearsing their instruments.   As the car carrying the Gyalwang Karmapa reached the road leading to the noanstery's gates, a golden procession of monastics wearing their best brocade played a musical welcome and solemnly escorted His Holiness forward. By the time the procession had reached the main assemb…

The Buddhist Channel: Karmapa Reviving Use of Sanskrit in Spiritual Order

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IANS, December 25, 2011
New Delhi, India -- The 17th Karmapa of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Ogyen Trinley Dorje is spearheading the revival of Sanskrit - the language in which several early Buddhist texts had been composed in India before the religion spread to Tibet.

The Karmapa, who heads the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism in India, has instituted a practice of opening his morning prayers with chanting of Sanskrit shlokas.

"In 2010, the 17th Karmapa began a search for the original Sanskrit texts of dohas (sacred couplets) composed by the great Indian `mahasiddhas` whose dharma teachings and meditation practices are transmitted today in the Karma Kagyu lineage," documents provided by the Karmapa`s office said.

"After locating two rare texts, his holiness commissioned south Indian music scholar R.S. Nanda Kumar, who is reviving India`s ancient musical heritage, to set the verses to music following traditional doha song forms as faithfully as poss…

DAY TWO: KARMAPA 900 DELHI GYALWANG KARMAPA TEACHES ON "ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN WORLD"

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December 24, 2011 - Delhi. Day Two of Karmapa 900 Delhi offered a vivid demonstration of Ancient Wisdom applied to the Modern World. The day's program was entirely devoted to Dharma teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Through the practice of recognizable reincarnation that the First Karmapa founded, for 900 years, the Karmapas have kept alive and fresh all the wisdom of the Dharma lineages they hold from India. The achievement of Dusum Khyenpa was visible in all its glory today, as the audience witnessed the wisdom carried by the Karmapa lineage displayed in a new form ideally suited to our historical moment. The Karmapa of the 21st century—the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa—is entrusted with delivering Buddhist teachings in a way that keeps them fully relevant to our modern times. During the morning session, His Holiness spoke of the history of the Karmapa lineage, sharing seldom-recounted incidents from the life of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. He also s…

The Buddhist Channel:India Owns Copyright to Buddhism - Karmapa Lama

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IANS, Dec 23, 2011
New Delhi, India -- Asserting that the noble land of India owned the copyright to Buddhism, the 17th Karmapa Lama, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, flagged off a grand three-day service in the capital on Friday on the occasion of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism completing 900 years, and said the faith had made a symbolic return to the land of its birth.

The Karmapa called upon people to use the ancient wisdom of Lord Buddha and apply it to the contemporary world to promote world peace.

The service began with a special homage to Lord Buddha?s relics at the National Museum in the capital, followed by interfaith prayers at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. The prayers culminated in a mega-discourse in the evening on the relevance of Buddhism.

The day's celebrations also saw the revival of the tradition of the recital of Buddhist doha (songs) - which was sung in its original Sanskrit version after a millennium by Karnataka-based musician and resear…

KARMAPA 900 DELHI: DAY ONE - A TRIBUTE TO THE INDIAN ROOTS OF THE KARMAPA LINEAGE

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December 23, 2011 - Delhi. Before a crowd composed of disciples and delegates from nearly every state in India and from 44 countries around the world, Karmapa 900 Delhi began a three-day gala event to commemorate the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa. Today's event was focused on paying tribute to the Indian roots of the Karma Kagyu lineage. To open the day's activities, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa travelled to the National Museum of India to pay solemn homage to the relics of Lord Buddha enshrined there. With the aim of creating harmony among all faiths, a gathering of leaders from virtually all the major world religions gathered at Rajghat, the monument to Mahatma Gandhi, joining their voices in interfaith prayer. Hindu priests opened the event at Gandhi's memorial with Vedic chants, and were followed by prayers from the Jain, Jewish, Parsi, Christian, Sikh, Muslim and Baha'i spiritual traditions. Several hundred followers attended the in…

GYALWANG KARMAPA CONFERS BLESSINGS TO NEARLY A THOUSAND HIMALAYAN PEOPLE

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December 14, 2011 - Gyuto, Dharamsala Nearly a thousand people from across the Himalayan region, including many Tibetans newly-arrived from Tibet, sought darshan and blessings from His Holiness the Karmapa yesterday afternoon. His Holiness gave an oral transmission of the Compassion Buddha practice to the large gathering, followed by an individual blessings to every person present.    The blessings were conferred at Gyuto Monastery as part of the Gyalwang Karmapa's normally scheduled public audiences, held every Wednesday and Saturday when His Holiness is in residence in Dharamsala.

http://www.kagyuoffice.org/PastActivities-11-OctDec.html

Gyalwang Karmapa's Foreword for The Best Way to Catch a Snake by Karma Yeshe Rabgye

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM KARMAPA OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION

(9 December, 2011) In the light of the recent media reports, Karmapa's Office of Administration wishes to reassure His Holiness the Karmapa's disciples in India and around the world and the concerned public that as of today we have received no court orders. The matter remains under judicial consideration and we cannot therefore comment further at this stage. Since the outset of the investigations, His Holiness' office of administration has been co-operating fully with the investigating agencies. We had provided them with full documents and details regarding the case. During this entire process, His Holiness the Karmapa was never at any point called or examined by the investigating agency. His Holiness has no involvement, direct or indirect, in the financial administration or managing the day-to-day affairs of the office or trust. The cash seized earlier this year came from donations offered by disciples from around the world who come to see His Holiness and pay their resp…

GYALWANG KARMAPA DELIVERS INAUGURAL ADDRESS TO ENVIRONMENTAL SECTION AT GLOBAL BUDDHIST CONGREGATION

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November 28, 2011- Park Hotel, Delhi His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, today delivered the inaugural address at the Global Buddhist Congregation's section on "Environment and the Natural World." Opening the daylong session, the Gyalwang Karmapa addressed a packed hall of hundreds of delegates gathered from 32 countries around the world. The Gyalwang Karmapa will also attend the closing ceremony, which will be presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and joined by a suite of world figures. During his inaugural address, the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke on the underlying causes that have brought us to what he describes as a 'critical juncture' in the degradation of our natural environment. Among those causes, His Holiness focused on a virtual "religion of consumerism" and a persistent egocentrism that has led to an unhealthy relationship between human beings and their environment. Applying Buddhist principles of interdependence, compassion, and…

900th Anniversary Song of the Karmapas

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ANNIVERSARY POEM
Composed by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

like nectar flowing from a spring on a snowy mountain face,
from some highest of realms high above,
with effortless vigor and a deep, unprompted longing,
drop after divine drop, each pristine and pure,
you crossed the mountains and plains of hundreds of months and years,
to come cascading down, down into the land of our hopes.
coursing through deep aspirations you held, held through the stream of many lives,
from some place completely obscured to us, you gave gentle warmth and nourished us.
since then, the tender young sprouts of virtuous minds
have blossomed with leaves and fruit,
and land once scorched with drought burst into life turquoise-green.
when a snow lion roars on a white mountain peak
the sound at once sends the crisp flakes swirling in a flurry.
when you arrived in the year eleven-ten
the lion’s roar of your majestic name blazed forth,
spreading its unchanging splendor and unequalled blessings.
day and n…

GYALWANG KARMAPA WRITES FOR SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL, OUTLINING VISION OF "ENVIRONMENTAL BUDDHISM"

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November 18, 2011 Conservation Biology, the most influential scientific journal in its field, has invited His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to contribute an article outlining his vision of "Environmental Buddhism." Entitled "Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness," the article explores His Holiness' personal reasons for becoming an environmentalist, offers a masterful explanation of the overlap between Buddhist philosophy and environmental ideology, and ends with a call to action to protect the environment. "As I grew up and began studying Buddhist philosophy and teachings," His Holiness explained, "I discovered great harmony between Buddhism and the environmental movement. The emphasis on biological diversity, including ecosystems—in particular, the understanding that animate and inanimate beings are parts of a whole—resonates closely with Buddhism's emphasis on interdependence." The article go…

The Buddhist Channel: The Karmapa's Statement on the Recent Acts of Self Immolation by Tibetan Monks and Nuns

The Buddhist Channel, Nov 14, 2011

Dharmsala, India -- A Buddhist nun in China’s western Sichuan Province burned herself to death on November 3, 2011, bringing to 11 the number of Tibetan clergy and former clergy who have set themselves on fire since March. The series of self-immolations, unprecedented in Tibetan Buddhism’s modern history, has continued despite an increasingly large Chinese security presence in the predominantly ethnic Tibetan area.
In response to the gruesome events, His Holiness the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, issued the following statement on November 9, 2011:

"Since March this year 11 brave Tibetans have set themselves on fire while calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.These desperate acts, carried out by people with pure motivation, are a cry against the injustice and repression under which they live. The situation is unbearably difficult, but in difficult situations we need greater courage an…

Karmapa Lama urges end to self immolation(phayul)

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Phayul[Thursday, November 10, 2011 18:53]By Tendar Tsering

DHARAMSHALA, November 10: The young head of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has urged Tibetans in Tibet not to resort to self-immolation protests.

"These desperate acts, carried out by people with pure motivation, are a cry against the injustice and repression under which they live," said the Karmapa referring to the recent spate of self-immolation in Tibet.

The religious head also urged the Chinese leadership to "heed Tibetans' legitimate demands and to enter into meaningful dialogue with them instead of brutally trying to achieve their silence."

"The situation is unbearably difficult, but in difficult situations we need greater courage and determination," said the Karmapa, urging the Tibetans in Tibet to preserve their lives.

The Karmapa blamed the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet for forcing 11 Tibetans to set themselves ablaze since Mar…

Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness (Conservation Biology)

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H.H. 17th GYALWANG KARMAPA OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE Article first published online: 9 NOV 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01765.x ©2011 Society for Conservation Biology


I was born into aDrokpa(Tibetan nomad) family and spent the first years of my life in the wild eastern part of Tibet. We traveled with our animals from summer to winter grounds, setting up our yak-hair tents at each site. It was a simple existence and my daily joy consisted of exploring the nearby mountains with my pet goat. If I was lucky, I would see wild animals such asnawa(Tibetan argali,Ovis ammon hodgsoni) andshaba(white-lipped deer,Przewalskium albirostris) at close range. Sometimes, I would watch herds ofkiang(Tibetan wild ass,Equus kiang) running across the grasslands.

When I was 4 or 5 years old, there was a severe drought and the local spring in our camp began to dry up. Because I was considered an unusual child (although at that time, nobody knew I would later be recognized as the 17th Karmapa), our community r…