Showing posts from July, 2016

Dialoguing on Tibetan Issues with Students from Different Cultures

July 25, 2016 – Sidhbari, HP, India

For over twenty years now university students have been coming to Dharamshala under the auspices of the Gurukul program to receive an extended introduction to Tibetan spirituality and culture. They live in nunneries and monasteries as well as meet with Tibetan artists and activists. The students learn how it is and what it takes to leave a homeland, come to a new country, and start from scratch, all the while working for the welfare of the country left behind. They hear about Buddhist philosophy and about the Tibetan government, and NGOs. They also watched the Lion’s Roar, a film about the Sixteenth Karmapa. On their last day of participating in interactive sessions, the students came to visit the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa and ask him their questions. First His Holiness was requested to relate something of his life story, and then he opened the floor to the students’ queries. The first one asked: Since the Karmapa was known for supporting the conser…

Gyalwang Karmapa To Sikkim

The Denjong Lhade

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been residing in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh after his escape from Tibet (China) in the year 2000 AD. His predecessor, the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa Rangjyung Rigpe Dorje lived and died in Sikkim. Karmapas are the Supreme Head of the Kagyupa Lineage of Lamaism. Due to various circumstances, restrictions have been imposed on His free movement since. However He has been allowed permission to travel across the world, off-late. The Indian government has also permitted him visit several places in India over the years. In the recent years, He was even allowed to visit Mirik in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal State to conduct religious rituals and ceremonies for over a week. The monks and lay devotees in Sikkim have infinitely been waiting for the arrival of their Dharma Guru since the passing away of the 16th Karmapa in 1981. With the escape of the 17th Karmapa to India in 2000, the ever waning aspira…

HH 17th Karmapa Graces Ceremony of Birth Anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava at Nechung Monastery - CTA

July 18, 2016

DHARAMSHALA: Earlier today His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje graced the ceremony of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, which is observed in the fifth month of the Tibetan Monkey year. Emulating a ceremony that used to be observed at Nechung Monastery in Tibet, the energetic oracles in trance made a procession around the Nechung monastery’s main yard along with a statue of Guru Padmasambhava carried on a palanquin. Chief Justice Commissioner Mr Kargyu Dhondup, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Kalons and Secretaries of different departments of CTA, members of the standing committee of Tibetan Parliament and representatives of the Central Tibetan Administration were present at the ceremony.

Celebrating the Year of Guru Rinpoche’s Birth

July 18, 2016 – Dharamsala, India

According to Tibetan tradition, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) was born on a lotus in Dhanakosha Lake on the tenth day of the monkey (fifth) month in Year of the Monkey. This reappears every twelve years in the Tibetan Calendar, and the western year of 2016 is a Fire-Monkey Year. To celebrate this special occasion, Nechung Monastery under the guidance of Nechung Kuten (Oracle) and Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche has organized two celebrations during this month of the monkey. The first took place at Rewalsar (Tso Pema in Tibetan), another lake linked to Guru Rinpoche. Here, on July 13 and 14, 2016, HH the Dalai Lama presided over two days of ceremonies, which included teachings, ritual practice, and a particular focus on the oracles present for the occasion. Continuing the celebration, HH the Gyalwang Karmapa was invited to preside over ceremonies at Dharamsala’s Nechung Monastery on July 18, 2016. The walls of its warm golden and red-hued temple are covered in…

Hunger Strike by Monks Continue in Sikkim - NorthEast Today


The hunger strike by monks demanding that the Karmapa be allowed to visit Sikkim reached into its eighth day at the BL House complex. Monks of Ralang, Phodong and Rumtek monasteries have announced that they will intensify their agitation if Karmapa is not allowed to visit the state by 6th August. The monks stated that not a single representative from the government has bothered to pay a visit to the protest site and instead an effort was made to politicize the issue. They alleged that the recently appointed chairman Acharya Tshering Lama of Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, who was given the responsibility of welcoming Karmapa to Sikkim is doing anti social activities in Karmapa’s monastery visit programme at the village level. Further, they said that the Sangha MLA was being ignored in the whole process and a divisive campaign was being carried out by the government. The monks also said that they will not be held responsible if any social unrest is caused due to this.

Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche (Podcast Episode #009)

Thursday the 14th of July, 2016, is a special day of Padmasambhava – one of the most important masters in history of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as Guru Rinpoche, he is regularly referred to as ‘the second Buddha’ such is his importance to buddhists around the world. According to the Tibetan calendar, today is particularly important as it is the Monkey Year – one that only occurs every 12 years and is strongly associated with Guru Rinpoche. To celebrate this occasion we have created a special two-part podcast episode. First is a recording of the Gyalwang Karmapa chanting the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. After that we bring you a teaching that His Holiness gave on the importance of the Seven Line Prayer and his own particular experience learning and reciting it. 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.

Tibetan with English Translation. Painting of Guru Rinpoche by the Gy…

Karmapa, India’s junior Home Minister attend Dalai Lama’s 81st birthday in Delhi - Tibetan Review

JULY 14, 2016 

(, Jul10, 2016) – The 81st birthday Jul 6 of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was marked in India’s capital New Delhi, with the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee and India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr Kiren Rijiju being among the guests. Later in the evening, more than 300 guests attended a dinner reception hosted by the Bureau of HH the Dalai Lama at the Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. In his address, Mr Rijiju praised the Dalai Lama as a global icon of peace and nonviolence and said India was blessed by his benevolent presence in the country. Others who attended the morning function included Kasur Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi, who read the Kashag’s statement for the occasion; Kasur Gyari Dolma, Dr NK Trikha, former National Convener of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India; and Mr Pankaj Goyal, Core Group member and members of Indian Tibet support groups. Those who attend…

Sikkim Monks on Hunger Strike Demanding Karmapa Visit - Northeast Today


After a massive rally held to request the Union government to allow Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim, a relay hunger strike is in process at BL House, Tibet Road demanding the Karmapa to be allowed to visit Sikkim. Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC) convener Tseten Tashi Bhutia along with sixteen other monks are on strike. Thousands of monks and devotees had taken to the streets demanding Karmapa be allowed to visit the state on Drukpa Tseshi to be held on August 6. The Denzong Lhadey, a body of monks has meanwhile warned that if the Indian government fails to grant the same, all monks and devotees of the state may be forced to launch a “democratic agitation” and has warned that the government shall be solely responsible for any consequence that may arise out of any future course of action.

Sikkim rallies for Karmapa's visit to Rumtek - Phayul

[Monday, July 11, 2016 19:16] By Tenzin Monlam

DHARAMSHALA, July 11: Boosting the recent initiative taken by the Sikkim government to facilitate the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee’s visit to Rumtek Monastery, thousands of people yesterday took to the streets of Gangtok urging the central government to allow the young head of Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. 

The rally known as ‘Peace and Aspiration Rally’ reportedly saw around 5,000 people including Tibetans, monks and devotees carrying large portraits of Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, Karmapa’s Dream Flags and Buddhist flags while reciting ‘Karmapa Khyenno’ mantra.

The prominent slogan on the banners were: “It’s time that our dharma guru visit Sikkim now”, “Please allow Karmapa to visit and bless Sikkim” and “Government of India, you have sovereign power to allow Karmapa to visit Sikkim”.

The rally, also participated by former Sikkim CM Narbahadur Bhandari, urged the central government to allow Karmapa to vi…

Le 17e karmapa : «La méditation nous fait traverser des difficultés» - Le Monde des Religions


Reconnu par le dalaï-lama, le 17e karmapa est l’un des plus importants chefs spirituels tibétains. Après avoir fui son pays natal à l’âge de 14 ans, il est devenu un symbole du Tibet en exil. Ce jeune maître a fait de la protection de l’environnement son combat quotidien. Nous l'avons rencontré pour un entretien exclusif lors de sa toute première visite en France.

Rencontre inspirante avec le 17ème KarmapaLa méditation n’est pas un produit de consommation de plus


GANGTOK, July 11: A day after holding a Gangtok rally demanding the Union government to allow the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim, monks have started a relay hunger strike here at BL House, Tibet Road seeking a Sikkim visit of their religious leader.
Seventeen monks along with Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee(SIBLAC) convener Tseten Tashi Bhutia are on the relay fast from a temporary shelter outside the BL House starting Monday. The relay hunger strike will continue till Drukpa Tsheshi which falls on August 6, it was informed.
The monks are demanding that the Karmapa is permitted to visit Rumtek, Ralong or Phodong monastery.
“The Karmapa is allowed to visit Mirik close to Sikkim but cannot come to his rightful throne here in Sikkim. We want the Union government to consider allowing him to visit one of three Kagyud monasteries in Sikkim on the holy occasion of Drukpa Tsheshi,” said the SIBLAC convener.
“We also thank Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for leadin…

RALLY FOR KARMAPA - Sikkim Express

Sikkim Express
11 July, 2016

Images of the rally held in Gangtok on Sunday by monks and devotees requesting the Union government to permit 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee to visit and bless Sikkim. The rally commenced at around 10 am from BL House, Tibet Road an took a round of the town via Nam Nam, Deorali and Zero point before concluding at BL House.
The rally organised by Denjong Monasteries Chogchen was to seek early Sikkim visit of the Karmapa which has been a long pending demand from Sikkim.
The Rally also saw participation of Sangha MLA Sonam Lama, Shyari MLA Kunga Nima Lepcha, former Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari and others.
A SKM release informs that SKM president P.S. Golay could not participate in the rally as he is in Delhi for medical treatment. He has extended his good wishes to the organisers and those who participated in the rally, the SKM release mentions.
Golay has said the SKM is always in support of this demand, said the SKM adding that it has raised the Karm…

Ogyen Trinley Dorje headed for Rumtek Monastery? - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)11 Jul 2016Naresh K Thakur
DHARAMSHALA: If a recent notification by the Sikkim government is anything to go by, Ogyen Trinley Dorje would finally visit Rumtek Monastery, the seat of Karmapa, the head of Karma Kagyu sect located in north-eastern Himalayan state of India.
In exercise of the power conferred by Section 3(1) of the Sikkim State Public Services Act, 2006, the Pawan Chamling government has appointed Acharya Tshering Lama as the chairman of the ecclesiastical affairs department to welcome Ogyen Dorje, one of the three claimants to claimants to the title of 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, in Sikkim and seat him at Rumtek.
The circular also mentions that the young head of Karma Kagyu tradition be accorded a cabinet rank reception.
Interestingly, the notification overrides the Central government’s order banning any of the three claimants Ogye…