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SUPPORT STATEMENT BY HIS HOLINESS KARMAPA FOR EARTH HOUR (2013, 2012, 2010)

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2013
I have been a supporter of Earth Hour for the past three years and am happy to continue the tradition this year as well, by turning off the lights for one hour on March 23rd, from 8.30 to 9.30 pm. It might seem like a small gesture but Earth Hour represents the unified voice of hundreds of millions of people around the world who want to see practical climate change solutions and to see them now. It is an hour when all of us who are concerned about the terrible impacts of climate change are interconnected and determined in our resolve to prevent further climate tragedies. The moment for climate wisdom has arrived. I join Earth Hour in urging the international community to come to a climate agreement that protects the poor, stabilizes climate, prevents further droughts and floods, and develops clean energy.

~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
http://www.khoryug.com/blog/hh-karmapa-supports-earth-hour/
2012

I ask all of you to join us on March 31st [2012], 8.30 pm, to tu…

Karmapa attends 300th Anniversary of Garcham(phayul)

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[Saturday, March 23, 2013 10:40]

DHARAMSHALA, March 22: His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee attended the Annual Traditional Tsechu Chenmo Ceremony of Khampa Gar monastery in Tashijong.

Speaking on the occasion, the Karmapa told the audience to understand the true virtue of Padmasambhava’s mind, body and soul through the religious dance and not to consider it as a pure entertainment.

As the Tibetans inside Tibet are showing strong ‘courage’ and ‘determination’, the Karmapa called upon the exile Tibetans to offer their prayers and work towards the unification of Tibetans. ‘This is our unavoidable responsibility,’ he said.

The fundamental steps, motions and movements of Garcham or the sacred dance as well as the meditation accompanying them are based on the writings of early Indian Buddhist text translated and taught in Tibet during the time of Padmasambhava. Consequently, the Garcham celebrates the birth of Padmasambahva and his eight emanations.


The sacred festival w…

THE GYALWANG KARMAPA SUPPORTS EARTH HOUR

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23rd March 2013 - Gyuto, Dharamsala
"I have been a supporter of Earth Hour for the past three years and am happy to continue the tradition this year as well, by turning off the lights for one hour on March 23rd, from 8.30 to 9.30 pm. It might seem like a small gesture but Earth Hour represents the unified voice of hundreds of millions of people around the world who want to see practical climate change solutions and to see them now. It is an hour when all of us who are concerned about the terrible impacts of climate change are interconnected and determined in our resolve to prevent further climate tragedies. The moment for climate wisdom has arrived. I join Earth Hour in urging the international community to come to a climate agreement that protects the poor, stabilizes climate, prevents further droughts and floods, and develops clean energy." – His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
http://kagyuoffice.org/#DEL2013-2

GYALWANG KARMAPA GUEST OF HONOR AT KHAMPAGAR MONASTERY ANNIVERSARY TSE-CHU FESTIVAL

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22nd March 2013 –Tashi Jong, Dharamsala. On the 10th day of the second month, the Gyalwang Karmapa was Guest of Honor at Khampagar Monastery's 300th anniversary of the sacred Padmasambhava Garcham (Guru Rinpoche Lama-Dance). Arriving early in the morning at Tashi Jong, the Gyalwang Karmapa's motorcade passed through crowds of well-wishers lining both sides of the road before he was greeted by His Eminence the Khamtrul Rinpoche, Abbott of Khampagar Monastery, Dorzong Rinpoche and Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche. The Gyalwang Karmapa was then led into the main shrineroom and seated on an ornate throne where he received mandala offerings from His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche. Moving outside into the main courtyard for the Cham, the Gyalwang Karmapa sat under a gold and red canopy to watch the sacred dances, with sangha and over a thousand lay devotees filling the courtyard on all sides. As the Gyalwang Karmapa watched, His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche entered the mandala of the dance ground …

THE GYALWANG KARMAPA VISITS KYABJE LING RINPOCHE

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12th March 2013 - New Delhi

New Delhi, 12th March 2013 - Today, the Gyalwang Karmapa visited Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, who is recuperating well after a recent road accident. His Holiness spent more than a hour visiting Ling Rinpoche at his farmhouse in suburb Delhi, giving advice and showing affection.
http://www.kagyuoffice.org/#DEL2013-1

Profile: Tibetan Buddhism's Karmapa Lama(asia sentinel)

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A religious figure comes into his own as artist and green activist
Written by Tsering Namgyal MONDAY, 11 MARCH 2013

Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Lama, arrived in India in January 2000, literally moving from his 12th century headquarters in Tibet onto the front page of international papers. Now, imagine a setting where, as a 28-year old teacher, he holds a few thousand people from all over the world under a spell for a few weeks.

This is precisely what the Karmapa, the head of the Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibet's second-most-powerful religious figure, after the Dalai Lama himself, has been doing every winter in Bodhgaya, India.

The size of the gathering at the place of Buddha's enlightenment belies the fact that the Karmapa has been accused by Indian media of being a Chinese spy and of financial irregularities, though all charges have since been dropped as unfounded.

Meanwhile, the Indian government continues to keep him under a close scrutiny and bars him fro…

THE GYALWANG KARMAPA MEETS STUDENTS AT CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF TIBETAN STUDIES IN SARNATH

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9th March 2013 –Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath.
Today, the Gyawang Karmapa accepted a request for a talk from the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. Sitting majestically on an elaborately carved throne, he first received ceremonial scarves from the faculty and administration of the University. The Karmapa began his talk by encouraging people to take a larger, long-term view of the Tibetan situation and think about the ways to improve it. The University has an excellent library, which can serve as a support for extended research. It is also true that many Tibetans now live in India, the ancestral home of Buddhism, and this provides another opportunity for research. Indian has many of the remains of Buddhist civilization but if you look around there are no individuals at these sites holding the tradition. In Tibet, however, the tradition was preserved in lineages passed from teacher to student down to this present day, so the two situations are com…

The Calligraphy of Thirty-five Buddhas Repentance Ritual Written by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Chinese

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VAJRAYOGINI PUJA ON THE DAY OF DAKINIS

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7th March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
On the 25th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan calendar, the Day of Dakinis, the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over special puja centered on the deity Vajrayogini. The Day of Dakinis celebrates female wisdom-deities, while Vajrayogini is considered to be the supreme manifestation of female enlightened energy. With His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche also in attendance, the puja assumed an extra dimension of tantric potency and sacredness. The Gyalwang Karmapa began his preparatory rituals and the consecration of the mandala in the closed gompa several hours before the actual puja began. The puja was restricted to only those who had previously received the Vajrayogini empowerment. At 7pm the registered participants were invited inside to participate in the evening ritual, which stretched late into the night. Throughout the puja the Gyalwang Karmapa was adorned in a sacred costume and crown, each piece laden …

GYALWANG KARMAPA PERFORMS 'KORWA DHUNG DRUP' PUJA FOR THE DECEASED

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5 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
In a powerful ceremony, on the afternoon of 5 March 2013 the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over a sacred puja on behalf of those who have recently passed away. The puja, called the 'Korwa Dhung Drup', was dedicated to all sentient beings particularly to Pema Lakshi, the sister of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. The Gyalwang Karmapa, His Eminence Kyabje Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, as well as the entire sangha. With these three masters in attendance the puja was extraordinarily powerful, and was an especially strong cause for liberating the consciousness of those who have passed away. During the early stages of the puja, sacred visualizations and invocations were made to Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. The Gyalwang Karmapa then burned the names of the deceased in a powerfully symbolic ritual, directed the consciousness of those beings towards the pure realms of Dewachen, thus helping to liberate them from low…

Teachings on "100 Short Descriptions" by HH 17th Karmapa

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Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.2013/2/21-28

Day 1 ReportOn the 11th day of the 1st month of the Year of the Water Snake, in the holy land of Sarnath, very close to the exact site where the Buddha Shakyamuni taught his first five disciples more than 2500 years ago and thereby set into motion the entire Buddhist teaching tradition, the Gyalwang Karmapa once again turned the wheel of dharma.Coinciding with an annual dharma seminar at Vajra Vidya Institute being led by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the Gyalwang Karmapa commenced a week-long series of teachings on a text which has been one of his personal favorites since a young age, called 'Tri Thung Gyatsa' or 'One Hundred Short Instructions.'The text, composed by the glorious 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, comprises a treasury of pith instructions spanning the entire path to enlightenment. Each instruction is skillfully crafted so that the reader can enter the text at any point to find a gem of the 8th Karmapa's heart advice …

GYALWANG KARMAPA OFFERS LAMA CHÖPA PUJA FOR KHENCHEN THRANGU RINPOCHE'S LONG LIFE

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1 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath.
On the afternoon of March 1st the Gyalwang Karmapa presided over an extensive puja dedicated to the long life of his main tutor, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. "Our Lord of Refuge, Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche, is now in his old age," the Gyalwang Karmapa said, as he announced the puja to the entire sangha. "But he is still present, and so hopefully he can remain and continue to bring benefit to the teachings and to beings. He is someone who has spent his entire life practicing the dharma, through both the teachings of scripture and through practice. At this point in Rinpoche's life I feel that even if we hear just a tiny amount of Rinpoche's speech it will be very beneficial, and I truly believe this. By doing this puja we can please the lama and ask him to remain, so the aim of doing this is for Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche's long life." The puja, called 'A Ritual of Offerings to the Gurus' (Lama Chöpa), began…

MODERNIZING THE MONASTIC EDUCATION: GYALWANG KARMAPA PRESIDES OVER EDUCATION WORKSHOP

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1-7 March 2013 –Vajra Vidhya Institute, Sarnath. One of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa's core interests has long been to revive the "Thongwa Gyue-pe Chaglen" (unbroken ritual practice) and to modernize the education available to all Karma Kagyu monks and nuns. With this goal in mind, the Gyalwang Karmapa has this week been chairing a weeklong 'Workshop on Monastic Education' at the Vajra Vidya Institute. Key persons who are attending the discussions, including His Eminence Kyabje Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, who has travelled to Sarnath especially for the Workshop, as well as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Chant-masters(Umze), Discipline-masters(Choetrimpa) and Ritual-masters(Chopon) mainly from Rumtek Monastery. The discussions are aimed at improving all stages of the monastic education system, from the earliest level right through to Shedra (university) level. One of the key ideas being explored is to add several modern subjects into the curriculum, such as Science and En…