2012/04/18

GYALWANG KARMAPA OPENS NEW LIBRARY AT GYUTO MONASTERY


18 April,2012 - Dharamsala

At a special ceremony this morning, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje officially opened Gyuto Monastery's new library and presented certificates to four monks who had successfully completed their studies for the degree of Geshe Ngakrampa.
Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of the Tibetan Central Administration, Tulku Tenzin Jampa Choesang Rinpoche, the Abbot of Gyuto Monastery, and Mr Pema Choejor, Minister for Religious Affairs, all attended the ceremony.
In a short address, Gyalwang Karmapa referred back to comments His Holiness the Dalai Lama had made during the recent Kalachakra teachings in Bodhgaya. The Dalai Lama had chided his followers for always asking him to give Buddhist teachings but never taking the initiative themselves to study the Buddha's teachings directly from the old books of the Tibetan Buddhist canon (the Kangyur and Tengyur), which sat gathering dust on the shelves of Tibetan libraries. Surveying the newly-finished library, the Karmapa wryly admitted that he too sometimes shared this view.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, Gyuto Monastery offered all the guests a specially prepared lunch.

2012/04/16

"TURN YOUR WORRIES INTO STRENGTH," GYALWANG KARMAPA TELLS STUDENTS


16 April,2012 - Dharamsala



His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Tibetan Transit School (TTS) in Dharamsala, northern India, on April 16. He inaugurated a giant mani prayer wheel and addressed staff and students.
Speaking at the Tibetan Transit School His Holiness urged the students to turn their "home sickness, worries, and sadness" into strength through hard work and dedication.
"We all are same," Gyalwang Karmapa told the students, who are recent arrivals from Tibet. "We all came from Tibet. We all have worries, sadness and maybe same aim too. I can understand you all well."
"You have to turn your worries into your strength. You have to focus on your long term goals and study hard," the Tibetan spiritual leader said.
Referring to the ongoing wave of self-immolations in Tibet, Gyalwang Karmapa asserted that Tibetans, in addition to understanding the situation in Tibet, should also understand the global situation.
"Since 2008, protests in Tibet have been going on and many have burned themselves in protest against the Chinese government," Gyalwang Karmapa said.
"Without understanding the whole situation of the world; economic, political and military, actions arising only out of a surge in emotions will not work."
The giant prayer wheel constructed by the students in honour of the 34 Tibetans who have set themselves on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.
This was the Gyalwang Karmapa's third visit to the school.