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Sikkim asks New Delhi to let Karmapa visit Rumtek or set a date - TibetanReview

NOVEMBER 27, 2015

(, Nov27, 2015) – Chief Minister Pawan Chamling of Sikkim has asked India’s Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh to allow the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit his Rumtek Monastery located in the state, saying his large numbers of followers wanted to see him take his seat there, reported Nov 2. Rumtek is the principal seat in exile of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism headed by the Karmapa. The report said the request was made the week before, although the Home Minister’s response, if any, remains unknown. Ogyen Trinley Dorje was born in Tibet and recognized as the reincarnation of the 16th Karmapa who had built Rumtek after escaping from Chinese ruled Tibet and passed away in the USA. The circumstance of his recognition remains a bit murky. However, Tai Situ Rinpoche, one of the four regents of the previous Karmapa, fully supported him. His recognition was endorsed by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and he was …

Sikkim government urges Centre to allow 17th Karmapa to visit Rumtek monastery - Tibet Express

DHARAMSALA, Nov 26: The government of Sikkim has requested the Central government to allow His Eminence the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Thrinley Dorjee to visit Rumtek monastery, the main seat of Karma Kagyu or Black hat school of Tibetan Buddhism in India.

Sikkim Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling made the request last week during his meetings with Prime Minister Modi and Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, citing large number of Sikkimese followers who have been fondly waiting to their spiritual leader’s audience and blessings. Prime Minister Modi gave positive assurances of favourably considering the demand requiring quick resolution for which the Chief Minister thanked the Honorable Prime Minister, according to a Voice of Sikkim report. Responding to the request, Union Minister Rajnath Singh agreed that there is no ‘in-principle’ impediment to allow the Buddhist leader to visit Sikkim and expressed hope that the issue is going to be resolved, VOS said in an earlier report.

Despite numerous re…

Sikkim government's request puts Centre in a bind - DNA India

Thursday, 26 November 2015 - 6:50am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna | From the print edition
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling requested union home minister Rajnath Singh last week to allow the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visit the monastery as large numbers of Sikkimese followers want to see him Rumtek which is the main seat of Karma Kagyu or Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism having over 700 monasteries worldwide.

TheSikkim governmentrequest to allow Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two claimants to be Karmapa of the Kagyu sect of Buddhism, to visit the Rumtek monastery has put the Centre in a bind. Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling requested union home minister Rajnath Singh last week to allow the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visit the monastery as large numbers of Sikkimese followers want to see him Rumtek which is the main seat of Karma Kagyu or Black Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism having over 700 monasteries worldwide. The Centre has maintained consistently that the 30-year-old Karmapa&#…

Mingyur Rinpoche Offered Mandala

Mingyur Rinpoche offered Mandala and had lunch with The Gyalwang Karmapa at Gyuto Monastery. 25th Nov, 2015.


Commemoration of the Life of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

14 February, 2016
Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya

On February 14, 2016, the seventh day of the first month of the Tibetan Year of the Fire Monkey, there will be a commemoration of the life and enlightened activity of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the great Tibetan Buddhist master who revived the teachings of the unequalled Dhakpo Kagyu. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje was a leader in spreading Buddhism across the world, a master recognized for his incomparable merit and splendor, and a bhikshu who upheld the three pitakas. The Chief Guest at the commemoration, occurring in what would have been the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa’s ninety-second year, will be His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang, Konchog Tenzin Kunsang Thrinle Lhundrup. The morning program will include the unveiling of a new printing of the Jang Kangyur, the Collected Works of Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, and a pictorial biography of the 16th Karmapa titled Dharma King: The Life of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in Images. The…

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Long Life Prayer

Den Pei Pal Jor Karma Lodro Shab Karma Lodro, Splendor of the Teachings, may you remain steadfastly present.
Cho Pal Sang Po Yon Den Kha Kyab Du Your qualities of the glorious and good Dharma spreading as far as space can go.
Pel Shing Shab Pe Dag Den She Drub Kyi May your activity of teaching and practice be universally victorious,
Trin Le Chog Le Nam Gyal Pal Bar Shog And may the magnificence of this triumph blaze forth.
~This long life prayer for Thrangu Rinpoche was written byHis Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje.

Cold Tibet quickly becoming warm, warns Buddhist monk - The Times of India

IANS | Nov 20, 2015, 02.29 PM IST

DHARAMSALA: The rate of warming at the Tibetan plateau — the third largest concentration of ice after the south and north poles — is two times greater than the global average, observed a top Buddhist monk who is also an environmentalist. The river systems that flow from the Tibetan plateau go to countries like India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

Tibetan religious head and 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje told IANS in an interview: "Given that the rate of warming in the Tibetan plateau is at least two times greater than the global average, we know flooding and droughts are bound to worsen." 

The 29-year-old Buddhist monk, the third most important Tibetan religious head who spent initial years of life in eastern Tibet, is upbeat about the United Nations Climate Change Conference. 

"We are all looking forward to the Paris conference on climate change, which will begin at the end of this month to see if the world leaders will be wi…

CM seeks PM Modi’s initiative for safe passage to 17th Karmapa in Sikkim - Newshence

Posted On:November 20, 2015 4:16 PMIn: GangtokSikkim

Gangtok, Nov 20: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to allow the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to take his seat at Rumtek monastery, the headquarters of Kagupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism in exile.

Mr Chamling had called the Prime Minister in New Delhi yesterday and submitted a memorandum of demands, that included Mr Modi’s initiative to make way for the Kaugpa sect head to take his seat at Rumtek.

Mr Chamling told the Prime Minister that a permission to be granted by the Union government to “His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to have his seat at the Rumtek Monastery where our Sikkimese people have been fondly waiting to have His darshans and blessings.”

The Chief Minister also sought a one-time grant of economic package for comprehensive development of Sikkim in the next five years.

Mr Chamling said the PM gave a patient hearing to all the issues for the one-…

JAC thanks CM for taking up Karmapa demand - Nelive

Nov 20, 2015 Gangtok

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) has thanked Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for taking up the matter with the Centre on allowing 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim. During his meetings with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh and MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijuju at New Delhi on November 17, the Chief Minister had reiterated the demand to the Centre for permitting the 17th Karmapa to visit Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim. “We are happy that the Chief Minister has once again taken up the Karmapa demand with the Central government. The Chief Minister has also submitted a memorandum stating that there will be no law and order problem if Karmapa is allowed to visit Sikkim. This is a good step by the Sikkim government,” said JAC spokesperson Thukchuk Lachungpa. The JAC spokesperson expressed the committee’s hopes that the 17th Karmapa will soon take his seat at the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre. The committee members will meet the Chief Minister after his return t…

Karmapa lauds Tonglen for upliftment of underprivileged children - Phayul

Phayul[Thursday, November 19, 2015 17:52]By Tenzin Monlam 

DHARAMSHALA, November 19: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee today appreciated eleven years of Tong-Len Charitable Trust’s work in educating and empowering slum children in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

The head of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the new hostel block to mark its 11th Annual Thanksgiving Day.

Highlighting the success of the organization in enabling slum children to reach universities for further education, Karmapa said, “It is clear evidence and indication that if given the opportunity everyone has the capacity to do well.”

The Karmapa said it is the responsibility of the parents to learn from the achievements and send their children to school. “The children are equally responsible to use this opportunity well and take inspiration from these achievements. With this I hope the parents continue giving support and students to keep their determination.”


The Gyalwang Karmapa Reaches Out to Displaced Children

Tong-len Charitable Trust, Sarah, Dharamsala, India
November 19, 2015 On this brilliant and crisp autumn day, the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to be the chief guest at the 11th Thanksgiving Day of Tong-len Charitable Trust and also to inaugurate its new building. Situated on the forested ridge of a valley below Dharamsala, the Trust’s major project is to provide health care and education to the children of the nearby Charan slum camp. Tong-len (tong meaning “to give to others” and len, the empathy that wishes to alleviate their suffering) was started in 2004 by Lobsang Jamyang, a Tibetan monk who felt a special sympathy for the young children of the camp, who affectionately call him Guruji. He started out helping 10 children and now their number has grown to 250. When the Karmapa arrived at Tong-len, he was greeted with the traditional white scarves and escorted to the new building that houses dormitories, a leadership training space, and an interfaith room. Inaugurating it, he cut the d…

Overcoming Negative Emotions in Daily Life (Podcast Episode #002)

Today we are happy to bring you the second episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
This special teaching comes from Karmapa’s most recent trip to the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation. The talk was organized by a vibrant local Dharma center (that had to hire a hall to accommodate all the members present!) where the lama requested that Karmapa teach on any topic that he liked. His Holiness determined that loving kindness and compassion would be a good topic and begun a beautiful impromptu talk about how to apply the Dharma to daily life and overcome negative emotions or kleshas. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simplydownload the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

Karmapa asks his disciples to care for environment - Phayul

Phayul[Monday, November 16, 2015 20:34]

DHARAMSHALA, November 16: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee has asked his monastic community to work with full dedication and become a leader in their respective community on environmental issues. 

“In order to save the Himalaya and Tibet from the threats of deforestation, climate change, and pollution, we have to be full of courage and believe whole heartedly that his endeavor is winnable. The alternative is unthinkable,” the young Buddhist leader and head of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism said. 

“No matter what work you are doing, it is important to make a deeper connection with it through your own personal feelings. Then you will be naturally interested and enthusiastic about it,” the Karmapa said. 

The Karmapa, who has been an ardent crusader for environment issues, presided over a three day conference on environment at Gyutoe monastery at Sidhbari near here on Friday. The Karmapa has been instrumental in the formatio…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Establishes Environmental Awards

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala, India
November 15, 2015 With the goal of setting a positive example themselves, monks and nuns have been discussing for three days the environmental projects they want to pursue during the next five years. They voted on which issues were most important to them and the results were tallied. On this last day, final reports were presented to the Gyalwang Karmapa in four broad areas: implementation, communication, coordination, and organizational structure. In his talk to the gathering, he addressed each one. First the Karmapa thanked in depth the monks and nuns who have been working for Khoryug and developing projects that have benefitted their monasteries, nunneries, and surrounding communities. He then turned to the main issues of the conference. First he asked, when we speak of protecting the environment what does implementation mean? It indicates, he answered, that we work not just for one or two days, but month after month, year after year, sustainin…

Monasteries to be awarded for environmental conservation work: 17th Karmapa - ANI NEWS

Nov 15, 2015

Dharamsala, Nov. 15 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, said today that an environmental award would be given to monasteries or nunneries that are carrying out environmental protection projects.
He said that the monasteries, which are showing a lot of innovative work or that have done a lot of consistent environmental projects, would win the prize. He said that it is a way of recognizing all the hard work that monasteries put into environment protection.
"We should do it in two ways, one award for nunneries and another for monks in monasteries but we have to see that whether it should be separate for India, Nepal and Bhutan, it can be decided later. It is a way of incentivising and recognizing all the hard work those monastries or nunneries put into environment protection," he added.
The 17th Karmapa addressed a conference on environmental protection at Norbu Lingka institute near north Indian hill town Dharamshala here.
"It w…