2016/11/30

Watch: Scores of followers seek Karmapa Lama's teachings - ANI News





Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Nov 30 (ANI): The head of Karma Kagyu lineage, Karmapa Lama, enlightened thousands of his followers at a mass prayer ceremony held in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang on Tuesday. State's Chief Minister Pema Khandu joined the gathering to seek the 17th Karmapa's blessings. The monk, who is on a two-day visit to Tawang, will visit Dirang Valley and depart for Bomdila later. 'Karmapa' is an honorific title given to the head of the largest sub-schools of Buddhism, Karma Kagyu.


His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Thinley Dorje Bless his Devotees at Jang - Jang Times


Today: Jang the 30th December 2016, His holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa whileenroute to Bomdila visit Jang Palpung Monastery for a consecration ceremony were thousands of devotees gathered together to seek his holy blessing. His Holiness was accompanied by entourage team including Shri Pema Khandu (HCM) Arunachal Pradesh, HMLA Shri Tsering Tashi and other dignitaries subsuming his security cell. His holiness was accorded warm welcome as per buddhist rituals by the monks of Palpung Monastery with playing ceremonial flute.
Swarmed of devotees gathered at Monastery premises to have blessing from his holiness and "a Vision of the Divine".
Although His holiness schedule was very tight but he manages to address his devotees. He started his address with Buddhist Mantra "OM MANE PEDME HUNG". He asked the devotees present out there to take refugee under Dharma and urge to practice it in daily life. He further emphasis that materialistic world is impermanent rather one should embrace Dharma and try to pacify once heart day after day. Refrain/avert oneself from feeling of Hatred, Jealousy and evil thinking. one must try to evade evil thinking by taking refugee under Dharma and also in-fluxing a clean heart to do good things for all sentient beings. He culminated his short addresses because of time bound with word of thanks to all devotees who gathered there and also wishes to meet them again.
Devotees out there were very excited for his holiness presence and also for the opportunity to glance of his holiness glimpse so closely.
His holiness teachings were simple but it denote vast meaning behind. His holiness visits and his preaching will be worthy only if we imbibe it in our daily life.
Jang times speaks a word of thanks to everyone for their participation for the event. Special thanks to Shri Pema Khandu, HCM of Aruanchal for effort made to welcoming his holiness, Abbot of Palpung Monastery for utmost arrangement. Shri Lobsang Phunstok (chopa Sir) man behind the scene and also founder of the monastery, Public leaders of Jang for their untiring effort, team of volunteers headed by Shri Lobsang Khetup and the public for making the event a grand success. Great enthusiasm for his holiness shower of blessing and anticipating for his holiness such holy gracing in near future.

2016.11.30 Karmapa bade farewell to Tawang and marched forth to Dirang , Bomdilla

Karmapa status claimant visits Tawang for 1st time - The Times of India



Nov 30, 2016





ITANAGAR: Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the three claimants to the title of the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, visited Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang for the first time on Monday.

Dorje, whose identification as the 17th Karmapa and escape from Tibet to India have both been subject of controversy, was accorded a warm welcome there. He was accompanied by adviser to the Union home minister, Amitabh Mathur.

The visit of Dorje is significant as Arunachal is claimed by China as part of its territory. Tawang, home to a sizeable Tibetan Buddhist community, was one of the flashpoints of the India-China war of 1962. The presence of US ambassador to India Richard Verma at the recently concluded Tawang Festival had also provoked a sharp response from China.

The visit also assumes significance as the Centre had previously imposed several restrictions on Dorje's movements, especially proposed trips to areas of strategic importance like Lahaul and Spiti in Himachal Pradesh.

On Monday, however, the spiritual leader was welcomed by Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu at the Guwahati airport. They then flew to the Tawang monastery where Dorje advised people to have faith in the teachings of The Buddha and The Dalai Lama. He also urged the Sanghas to be united to prevent 'outside forces' from hampering the progress of Buddhism in the region.

Dorje, who serves as spiritual guide to millions of Buddhists around the world, interacted with locals who lined up along the road to the monastery with 'khada', incense sticks and flowers to welcome him.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/itanagar/Karmapa-status-claimant-visits-Tawang-for-1st-time/articleshow/55700184.cms

2016/11/29

Karmapa Lama visits Arunachal's Tawang, receives overwhelming response - ANI News


2016-11-29



The Karmapa Lama, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world, was given a rousing welcome on his arrival in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

A monk here said Karmapa, who is visiting here on the request of Chief Minister Pema Khandu interacted with local residents and gave them sermons on life.
"The Karmapa came here around 1,110 years ago and special prayers were held then. At that point of time, he built around 10-15 gonpas. The 10th Karmapa could not visit here. The Monpa people kept saying that there is Karmapa's name in the gonpas and they wanted to listen to his preachings and he is visiting here post the request made by the locals to the Chief Minister and Kiren Rijiju (MoS Home)," he said.
"Karmapa held prayers here and preached the people, besides interacting with intellectuals, teachers and scholars at the Kala Wangpo Hall," he added.
Pema Yangchin, a resident, said she had come here to seek the Karmapa's blessings.
"We have all gathered here to see the Karmapa, who is the third highest Rimpoche in Buddhism here. We are here to seek his blessings," she added.
Tsering Drema, a student, also expressed her delight to see the Karmapa and said that she had been waiting for this day for long.
"We are very happy. We have for long wanted to see him and finally we got to see him. We know that he is a very big Rimpoche," she said.
The Karmapa after his two-day visit to Tawang will be visiting the Dirang Valley in West Kameng District and then leave for Bomdila.

2016.11.28 The Karmapa arrives to a rousing reception at Tawang

China should not intervene in India's internal matter: Arunachal CM on Karmapa Lama's India visit - ANI News





Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, Nov 29 (ANI): Asserting that Karmapa Lama is India's guest and he can visit anywhere he wants in India, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that China should not intervene in India's internal matter. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who was accompanied by MHA Advisor Amitabh Mathur, was accorded a grand reception at Ugyen Tsangpo Helipad at Changprong on Monday. 


China likely to see red as Tibetan leader tours Arunachal - Kashmir Monitor



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Agencies:The Chinese authorities were taken by surprise Monday morning after Tibetean spiritual leader Ugyen Trinly Dorje was given a rousing reception in Arunachal Pradesh after the Centre allowed Dorje to visit the border state.

Dorje was received in Arunachal by the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and sister Ngodup Pelzom. It was the spiritual leaders first visit to Arunachal Pradesh and signal's a clear shift in how New Delhi has begun to view Dorje.


Born in 1985 and recognised by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa, Dorje arrived in India under suspicious and unexplained circumstances in the year 2000. The Indian establishment for long suspected him to be a Chinese plant but after 16 years of being unsure New Delhi seems to be favouring the young spiritual leader.


Among the Tibetan community in India Ugyen Dorje has caught the imagination, especially amongst the youth and keeping his profile in mind the Centre allowed his visit to Arunachal from 28th November to 3rd December, observers feel.


Ugyen is considered by many as the Dalai Lama's heir but this view is contested strongly by the three other claimants to the Dalai Lama's throne.


Within the establishment experts are keenly watching the Chinese reaction to Ugyen's Arunachal visit. Last time when the Dorje spoke against the Chinese in an interview, China responded with a an uncharacteristic stoic silence, once again fuelling speculations in India about Urgyen's leanings.


India and China have been caught in a bitter war or words over Arunancal Pradesh territories with China going to the extent of issuing only stapled visa's to Arunachal residents.


http://www.kashmirmonitor.in/Details/113192/china-likely-to-see-red-as-tibetan-leader-tours-arunachal

Happy to visit Arunachal: Karmapa Lama - ANI News





Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), Nov 29 (ANI): The Karmapa Lama, head of Karma Kagyu lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world, was given a rousing welcome on his arrival in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. He said this is his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh and thanked Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who made it possible. He further said that the Dalai Lama visits Arunachal every time, it's a usual thing, next year he might visit again as he has personal connection with this area. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu,along with Karmapa Lam, held a meeting with officials to exchange their views.


29 Nov, 2016 - Tibetan spiritual leader imparts teachings in India’s northeastern state - INDIA File Ani





29 Nov, 2016 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa Lama imparts spiritual discourse in Tawang town of India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.



17th Gyalwang Karmapa stresses on the importance of faith based on reasoning and rationality - The Arunachal Times







TAWANG, Nov 29: His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited the Kala Wangpo Convention Hall to speak on Buddhist Philosophy and its relevance in the modern times. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and other dignitaries accompanied him.

Expressing his attachment with the Mon region, The Karmapa said that he had been attempting to visit the region for the last 16 years. He thanked the Government of India, Home Ministry and the Chief Minister for actualizing his first visit to the region. Delivering his sermon to an audience comprising of students, civil servants, government officials and elders, His Holiness spoke on the importance of taking refuge in triple gem i.e the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. He also stressed on the importance of ‘faith based on reasoning and rationality’.


Referring to the law of dependent origination, Karmapa highlighted the importance of self and the others. He emphasized that ultimate happiness depends on all other sentient beings and also urged to protect the environment.


The spiritual sermon was followed by an interactive session where questions were asked on the relevance of Buddhist philosophy in modern days, materialism, difference between four sects of Tibetan Buddhism and on possibilities for reincarnation of Lord Buddha himself.


The Karmapa earlier launched the website of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs and paid tribute to its department founder, 13th Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. His Holiness also paid tribute to late former Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu.


He also visited the Urgyelling Gompa – the birthplace of Sixth Dalai Lama. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and other dignitaries accompanied him. Urgyelling Temple was built around 1487. The Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsanyang Gyatso was born on 1 March 1683 in Tawang in Urgyelling Monastery to Tashi Tenzin, a descendant of the treasure revealer Pema Lingpa, and Tsewang Lhamo, hailing from a royal family of Bekhar Village. His Holiness will visit Mon Parpong Jangchup Choekorling Kagyu Gompa tomorrow, where the offering of Mande-Ten-Sum will be made. Thereafter, he will depart for Dirang in West Kameng district. (CM Media Cell)



http://www.arunachaltimes.in/17th-gyalwang-karmapa-stresses-on-the-importance-of-faith-based-on-reasoning-and-rationality/

Compassion is the essence of Buddhist religion: Karmapa - India Today



Itanagar, Nov 29 (PTI) His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, today exhorted people to practise compassion which is the essence of Buddhist religion.
Seated among religious scholars, monks, nuns and high profile dignitaries at Yid-Gha-Choezin Gompa at Tawang monastery, His Holiness, who arrived at Tawang yesterday, referred to philosopher Nagarjuna and advised that maintaining good health was equally important.
His Holiness further spoke on the relationship between the Karmapa and the Monpas referring to the visit of first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa during the early 12th century. He also mentioned the visit of 3rd, 4th and 9th Karmapa to the Mon region.
Earlier welcoming the Karmapa, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the people of Monyul were long aspiring to seek the blessings of His Holiness. He hoped that with his spiritual blessings and guidance, it would help all to become better human beings.
Khandu informed His Holiness that the people of Mon region were eager to learn Bhoti script which had been introduced in schools as third language. He hoped that proficiency in Bhoti script would help people understand the ancient Buddhist scriptures and take them to higher level of perfection.
Earlier, the programme began with a plantation drive in the Gompa compound by the Karmapa and Khandu. It was followed by the offerings of Mande-Ten-Tsum by the Abbot of Tawang Monastery, an official release said.
Over 20,000 people from all over Tawang district gathered at the high altitude stadium to get a glimpse of the Karmapa,the release said. PTI UPL PR SUA SNP


2016.11.29 Day 2 of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's sojourn at Mon Tawang. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/compassion-is-the-essence-of-buddhist-religion-karmapa/1/822814.html

Over 20,000 gathered at Tawang to listen to His Holiness spiritual talks - The Eastern Today


November 29, 2016
ET Bureau,



Tawang, Nov 29: Over 20,000 people from all over Tawang district gathered at High Altitude Stadium here to get a glimpse of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and to receive the holy dharma preaching. 

Seated amidst religious scholars, monks, nuns and high profile dignitaries at Yid-Gha-Choezin Gompa facing the stadium, His Holiness bestowed life long empowerment of Buddha Amityas to all sentient beings. 

Referring to the preaching of Indian Buddhist Philosopher, Nagarjuna, he advised that apart from long life empowerment, maintaining good health is equally important. The Karmapa urged on practicing compassion, which is the essence of Buddha Dharma that helps to have peaceful mind and in turn helps to have long life. 

His Holiness further spoke on the relationship between the Karmapa and the Monpas referring to the visit of first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa during the early 12th century. He also mentioned the visit of 3rd, 4th and 9th Karmapa to the Mon region. 

Earlier welcoming the His Holiness, Chief Minister Pema Khandu thanked the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Rajnath Singh for honouring his request for the visit of The Karmapa to Arunachal. He also thanked Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju for pursuing the invitation and clearing the necessary formalities. 

The Chief Minister expressed that people of Monyul were long aspiring to seek the blessings of His Holiness. He hoped that with his spiritual blessings and guidance, it will help all to become better human beings. Khandu emphasized on Buddhist philosophy of compassion to be required by the entire world, which is being torn apart by hatred and violence. 

The Chief Minister informed His Holiness that the people of Mon region are eager to learn Bhoti script and have been introduced in schools as third language. He hoped that proficiency in Bhoti script will help people understand the ancient Buddhist scriptures and take them to higher level of perfection. 
Earlier, the programme began with a plantation drive in the Gompa compound by His Holiness and the Chief Minister. It was followed by the offerings of Mande-Ten-Tsum by the Abbot of Tawang Monastery, Chief Minister, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and various dignitaries that attended the programme. 

His Holiness was presented with cultural dances of Monyul region performed by artistes from various villages.


2016.11.29 Day 2 of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's sojourn at Mon Tawang. http://www.eastern-today.com/entries/rest-of-arunachal/over-20-000-gathered-at-tawang-to-listen-to-his-holiness-spiritual-talks

17th Karmapa visits Tawang in maiden historic visit - Phayul


November 29, 2016
By Tenzin Tsetan

The Karmapa during his visit to monasteries in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh on Monday, November 28. Photo-Mon Tawang Vigilance


DHARAMSHALA, NOV. 29: The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje arrived in Tawang, Arunchal Pradesh, in his very first visit to the border state accompanied by MHA advisor Amitabh Mathur on Monday. 

The young Karmapa visited Sera Je Jamyang Choekorling monastery and Sangyeling monastery before heading for the famous Tawang monastery where he thanked the Chief Minister Sri Pema Khandu and MHA of Arunachal for making the visit possible. 

Addressing the audience at Tawang monastery, the Karmapa said a firm faith in the teachings of Buddha and His Holiness the Dalai Lama was necessary to carry forward the understanding of Buddhist philosophy and science and imbibing them in daily life. 
He stressed on discipline and harmony between different sanghas which can help Buddhism progress in the region.

Chief Minister of Arunachal, Pema Khandu, said the Karmapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are “honored guests” of India which makes their freedom of movement an Indian affair and China should not intervene in India’s “internal matter,” said the CM. 

The Karmapa will visit Dirang, West Kameng District and Bomdilla tomorrow as he wraps up his tour. 

The Karmapa is third important figure after Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the age-old Karma Kagyu lineage and has been recognized by the Dalai Lama as the 17th Karmapa. But there are others who refute Ogyen Dorje being the real Karmapa and consider Karmapa Thaye Dorje as the reincarnation of previous Karmapa. 

Rumtek monastery, also called Dharmachakra centre in Sikkim, is considered as main seat of Karma Kagyu lineage in India and is also the focal point of this sectarian tension between the two organizations, Tsurphu Labrang (supporting Ogyen Trinley Dorje) and Karmapa Charitable trust (supporting Thaye Dorje). The Karmapa controversy is played out in the Indian court as the two rival parties supporting the two candidacies has reached an impasse. 


2016/11/28

His Holiness, The Karmapa given rousing reception at Tawang - The Eastern Today



November 28, 2016
ET Bureau,




Tawang, Nov 28: His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who was accompanied by MHA Advisor, Amitabh Mathur was accorded a grand reception here at Ugyen Tsangpo Helipad at Changprong today.

Earlier, Chief Minister Pema Khandu offered a warm reception to His Holiness at the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, and accompanied him on his onward journey to Tawang by helicopter.
On his arrival here, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, MLA Tawang Tsering Tashi along with top district officials, public leaders and local public, welcomed His Holiness. Also Abbot of Sera-Jae-Jamyang Choekorling monastery and Mon Palpung Jangchup Choekorling Monastery, including senior monks and nuns were present.

Upon his arrival, His Holiness who is the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world visited the Sera-Jae-Jamyang Choekorling monastery and attended the rituals. The rituals included the offering of mande-ten-sum by the Abbot, followed by the Tibetan Buddhism debate and preaching. 

Following his visit to Sangyeling monastery, His Holiness visited the famous Tawang monastery, where the Abbot of Monastery, Gankar Tulku Rimpoche and the Chief Minister offered the ritual of mande-ten-sum. This was followed by Lhamu Tsokhar and Durda dances performed by the monks.

Earlier on his way to Tawang monastery, His Holiness was given a warm reception by the local people. Women, men, children, young and old all stood in line along the streets of Tawang with ‘khada’, incense sticks and flowers to welcome him. The people of Tawang greeted his Holiness with great emotions and love. The people had been anxiously waiting for His Holiness visit and thorough preparations had gone for past many days. 

His Holiness expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and said that he was fortunate to have visited Tawang. He thanked the Chief Minister and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju for taking the initiative for his visit. 

Addressing the people at Tawang monastery, His Holiness urged the people to have firm faith on the teachings of Buddha and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He advised them to carry forward the understandings of Buddhist philosophy and science and to imbibe within them the same in their daily life. 

The Karmapa also stressed on the importance of faith towards Buddha Dharma and discipline among the monks. He urged the Sanghas to be in harmony to prevent outside forces from hampering the progress of Buddhism in Monyul.



After 400 years the Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to Arunachal Pradesh




November 28 to December 2, 2016 – Tawang & West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, India



Traveling across the length of India’s Himalayas, from his temporary residence in Himachal Pradesh in the west all the way to the eastern peaks, the Gyalwang Karmapa made an historic journey to Arunachal Pradesh. For many centuries, he has had a connection with this beautiful realm of high summits and Buddhist followers: his first incarnation, Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193), visited and founded monasteries here, and the relationship continued with the 3rd and 4th Karmapas while the last visit was made by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556-1603).
Aware of this former connection and wishing to hear his teachings, the Monpa people from the west of Arunachal requested their Chief Minister Pema Khandu to facilitate a visit by the Karmapa. Subsequently the Chief Minister and the Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju worked tirelessly to make it possible. Concerning the Karmapa’s response to the official invitation, CM Pema Khandu reported, “I am very happy for the people that due to our good karma His Holiness accepted the invitation in one go.” Highlights of the Karmapa’s landmark visit follow.


November 28, 2016

On the morning of the first day, the Karmapa arrived at the Guwahati Airport to a warm welcome from CM Pema Khandu who helicoptered with him to the Changprong helipad. Here, accompanied by Amitabh Mathur, an advisor to the Ministry of Home Affairs, His Holiness was given a grand reception by local government officials and religious leaders. From the helipad, he drove to Tawang Monastery with a stop at Sangyelling Monastery on the way. Passing through crowds of the faithful, the Karmapa paused to bless a few fortunate ones before circumambulating a majestic stupa and entering the main shrine hall for traditional rituals of welcome.
Resuming his journey His Holiness arrived in the town of Tawang, where the roads approaching its famous monastery were lined with women, men, and children holding their white scarves, flowers, and incense to give the Karmapa a warm and enthusiastic reception. They had been joyfully anticipating his visit and spent days in preparation, tidying up the approaching roads and whitewashing the walls. In a later interview the Karmapa said that this eager welcome had made him very happy. He felt the whole area to be peaceful and was glad to be reviving this 900-year- old connection.
His Holiness first paid a visit to the Sera Jay Jamyang Choekorling Monastery where he was presented with the traditional offerings of a mandala and the supports of body, speech, and mind. Following ritual ceremonies, he witnessed the monks in a lively debate before departing to Tawang Monastery. Famous as one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, Tawang Monastery (officially known as Ganden Namgyal Lhatse) spreads its white and red buildings down green mountain slopes overlooking the Tawang River valley and the snow-capped mountains beyond.
The Karmapa participated in a ceremony of planting trees at the monastery, an activity in line with his deep commitment to the environment. Afterward in the main shrine hall, filled with burgundy rows of the Sangha, His Holiness was offered another mandala and the supports of body, speech, and mind by the Abbot of Tawang Monastery, the Chief Minister, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and the various dignitaries who attended the program.
Speaking to the assembly, the Karmapa expressed his gratitude, as he would throughout the tour, to the CM Pema Khandu and the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rajiju for taking the initiative of this visit and making it possible. Addressing the people who had gathered at the monastery, the Karmapa encouraged them to have unswerving faith in the Buddha’s teachings and in His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is important, the Karmapa further advised, not only to study the Buddhist teachings but also to make them an integral part of our daily lives as well. He also stressed the importance of discipline for the monks and nuns and urged all the Sanghas to cultivate a resonant harmony among themselves, thereby preventing outside forces from hampering the progress of Buddhism in this Monyul area of Arunachal.
The official program for the day ended with lama dances performed by the monks of Tawang Monastery and cultural dances of Monyul region offered by groups from various villages.



November 29, 2016

On this second day, over 20,000 people gathered in the outskirts of Tawang at the High Altitude Stadium, facing the Yid Gha Chozin Monastery. From the Karmapa’s perspective on the monastery’s veranda, a massive crowd extended out in front of him like an ocean filling the encircled space. His Holiness bestowed the long-life empowerment of Amitabha and also gave teachings to everyone—the religious scholars, monks, nuns, high profile dignitaries, and the thousands who had come from near and far for this special occasion.
After mentioning the views of Indian Buddhist Philosopher, Nagarjuna, His Holiness advised that maintaining good health is as important as receiving long life empowerments. The Karmapa encouraged everyone to practice compassion—the essence of Buddha’s teachings—and noted that it also promotes a peaceful mind, which in turn helps to extend our lives. The Karmapa further spoke of the long relationship between the Karmapas and the Monpa people going back 900 years to his first incarnation.
In welcoming the His Holiness earlier, CM Pema Khandu thanked the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh for honoring his request for the visit of the Karmapa to Arunachal. He also thanked the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju for pursuing the invitation and taking care of the necessary formalities.
The Chief Minister related that the people of Monyul had long aspired to receive the blessings of His Holiness and hoped that the Karmapa’s spiritual blessings and guidance would help all to become better human beings. He emphasized that in these times torn by hatred and violence, the Buddhist philosophy of compassion is needed by the entire world. Finally, turning to the study of Tibetan language, dear to the Karmapa’s heart, CM Pema Khandu informed His Holiness that the study of Tibetan (Bhoti) had been introduced into the schools as a third language. The Chief Minister said that the hoped it will help people to understand the ancient Buddhist scriptures and lead to deeper spiritual lives.
The afternoon saw His Holiness traveling to the Kala Wangpo Convention Hall, where on a stage decorated with a bright bunting of flowers, he was seated beneath a painting of the Buddha. While at the hall, he interacted with intellectuals, teachers, and scholars who had come to be with him. The Karmapa prefaced his talk by saying how glad he was to visit this northeastern part of India, because historically there is a deep and abiding relationship between the people of this area and the Karmapas. He then spoke to officials and students on “Buddhist Philosophy and Its relevance to the Present Times.”
Afterward His Holiness departed to visit Urgyen Ling Gompa, the small, picturesque monastery of wood and white walls that marks the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706). After a very full day, the Karmapa returned to Tawang Monastery for the night.



November 30, 2016

On the morning of his third day in Arunachal, His Holiness departed Tawang early, making a brief visit to Mazang Dhung Buza in the main market of Tawang on his way to Mon Parong Jangchup Choekhorling Monastery. Here he would perform a consecration ceremony at the newly built monastic complex, which belongs to his Kagyu lineage. The monks received him with a heartfelt and full traditional ceremony of welcome and made offerings of a mandala and the three supports of body, speech, and mind for his long life.
Addressing the thousands of devotees who had gathered to catch a glimpse of him and receive his blessing, His Holiness began by reciting Om Mani Padme Hung, the mantra of compassion. He asked them to turn to the Dharma as their refuge and practice throughout their daily life. The material world is impermanent, he taught, so it is better to embrace the Dharma and practice to pacify our minds and refrain from negative emotions, such as hatred and jealousy. We should purify our hearts and dedicate ourselves to helping others, he counseled. As time was short, His Holiness concluded with thanks to everyone for coming and expressed the wish to meet them all again.
Afterward the Karmapa and his entourage traveled to offer their prayers at the Nyukmadung War Memorial, which enshrines a lofty stupa and a row of black marble plaques commemorating the Indian soldiers who had passed away. This was followed by a brief stopover at the Kalachakra Monastery. The Karmapa proceeded onward to the town of Dirang and its Thupsung Dhargye Ling Monastery where the local HMLA Shri Phurpa Tsering led a gracious welcome and offered lunch to the Karmapa who responded with a short talk. After paying a brief visit to Palyul Jangchup Dhargye Ling Monastery (Lieung Gompa), the Karmapa finally arrived in Bomdila, headquarters for the West Kameng district. He went directly to the Upper Monastery (Gontse Gaden Rabgye Ling) where he met with a warm reception by the monastic officials and the local HMLA Shri Japu Deru. As this long and eventful day came to a close, the Karmapa spent the night at the monastery.



December 1, 2016

The earliest media report on this fourth day was a tweet by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju: “Massive reception for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje who is on a visit to Arunachal Pradesh to spread love & compassion.”
Continuing this very activity, His Holiness first visited Bomdila’s Lower Gompa, known as Thubchok Gatsel Ling, where he was formally received by the monastics led by Guru Tulku Rinpoche. He also offered the Karmapa a mandala and the supports of body, speech, and mind in the monastery’s beautiful shrine hall.
His Holiness then drove to the nearby Buddha Stadium, where he gave a public Dharma talk. Speaking to the crowd of devotees, he encouraged them to maintain peace and tranquility for the sake of a better world. He cautioned, however, “Merely propagating peace will not serve this purpose: peace must come from within.” The Karmapa further explained, “The teachings of Lord Buddha have great relevance for this materialistic world we live in, so their practice should not be limited to the ordained Sangha and the monasteries; rather, it should be followed and internalized by everyone. For this to happen, education is must.” Concluding his remarks, the Karmapa promised to return and interact with people on a more personal and broader scale in the future.
Also at the Buddha Stadium, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju gave an important address to the people of the district, stating that the visit of the Karmapa to this region and to Arunachal Pradesh was a matter of great pride and honor. “With the subsequent visits of the Karmapa,” the Minister of State opined, “new initiatives, such as construction of monasteries and institutes for study, could be taken up to develop the spiritual atmosphere and the temperament of the people in the region.”
Following lunch at Bomdila’s Lower Gompa, the Karmapa continued his many visits to monasteries and religious sites in West Kameng with brief stops at Rupa Stupa and the four monasteries of Rupa, Chillipam, Jigaon, and Shergaon. Late in the afternoon, he arrived in Kalaktang Circle at the Tibetan settlement of Tenzingaon. Here he was greeted by the Settlement’s main officer and the monastic Sangha as well as rows of lay people dressed in their best and holding long white scarves. At the end of a busy day, the Karmapa came to rest and spend the night in this cultural world of his Tibetan childhood.



December 2, 2016

On the final day of his tour to Arunachal, the Karmapa first headed up a lush green valley leading east out of Kalaktang to the Gyuto Monastery. Here he bestowed blessings and a talk to the monastic and lay Tibetans of the area. As he returned west to the Kalaktang General Ground, His Holiness was accompanied by the head abbots of three monasteries, two from Bomdila and from one Dirang, as well as the State Legislative Assembly Speaker, T. N. Thongdok plus other important local legislative and administrative officials.
Awaiting the Karmapa at the Kalaktang Ground was a throng of thousands of devotees, including hundreds from Bhutan, who had traveled long distances to meet him. His Holiness granted them a long-life empowerment and after giving his blessings, he left for the Kalaktang Monastery to have a final meal with his hosts. All too soon his visit had come to an end, and saying good-bye to the kind people he had met, the Karmapa departed for the helipad nearby to fly back to Guwahati and finally Delhi.
In these brief four and a half days, His Holiness had visited over twenty monasteries and religious sites and made connections with more than thirty thousand people. It was a magnificent display of the Karmapa as the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ activity. Though the time was short-lived, the Karmapas are famous for their ability to engender upon seeing liberation in this or future lives; just meeting him can inspire faith and plant the seed for full awakening. Since creating these beneficial connections is key to the Karmapa’s enlightened activity, it is a great blessing that he could visit Arunachal and meet with all the devotees in this “land of the dawn lit mountains.”

2016.11.28 - 12.2 After 400 years the Gyalwang Karmapa Returns to Arunachal Pradesh http://kagyuoffice.org/after-400-years-the-gyalwang-karmapa-returns-to-arunachal-pradesh/

The 17th Karmapa sets foot on Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. China remains mute - NorthEast Today





TAWANG, Nov 28: His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in Tawang this morning. Pema Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who received His Holiness in Guwahati accompanied him to Tawang with the entourage.
The Karmapa on his maiden visit to the district will give teaching and bestow long life initiation tomorrow at the High Altitude Stadium in Tawang.
Pema Khandu who last month had expressed the wish of the people in his invitation to His Holiness to visit the state said, "I am very happy for the people that due to good karma that His Holiness accepted the invitation in one go".
The Karmapa is the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage, he is considered the third most important Tibetan religious figure in the Lamaism Buddhism after the HH THE Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama.



2016/11/27

Tawang gears up for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa's maiden visit tomorrow - Tawang Vigilance



Tawang, November 27: Tawang has been decorated like a bride for the maiden visit of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje who is all set to grace Tawang tomorrow.
The township wears a sparkling look with a string of cleanliness drives led by Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and DC Sang Phuntsok, backed magnanimous by the general public, who are volunteering in free service for the comprehensive success of HH Karmapa's visit.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who conceptualized the holy one's visit, will accompany the head of Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, who will arrive at Tawang by chopper tomorrow and will convene a programme on 29 and thereafter the holy one will visit Dirang and Bomdilla on 30 November.
His programme will contain spiritual and traditional Buddhist teachings.
The Karmapa is the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage, which he has worked to modernise while remaining faithful to the authentic teachings of the Buddha.
The Karmapa, who is considered the third most important Tibetan religious head after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, lives in Gyuto Monastery in close proximity to the Dalai Lama`s official palace.
Since making headlines after fleeing Tibet in a dramatic flight from to India in January 2000 when he was just a 14-year-old, the Karmapa has emerged as a strong thought leader and retains a close relationship of mentor and protege with the Dalai Lama.



Photo taken by the Gyalwang Karmapa: Flying Bird





2016/11/23

His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visits to Tawang on 28th Nov - Jang times



2016-11-23


Photo by  Rinchen Aguero

Photo by  Rinchen Aguero

Jang: The buddhist devotees of Tawang are highly excited after they heard the visit of his holiness 17th Karmapa on 28Th of this month. For them its like a dream come true to have a glimpse of his holiness. Preparation are going everywhere to accord extravagant welcome to his holiness.
In between the people of jang are feeling highly blessed as His holiness is visiting jang for consecration of his sponsored Jangchup monastery located at jang. There is a speculation that his holiness will dwell for a night here in the monastery. Mass cleanliness and whitewashing are carrying out with participation of monks and villagers of jang at the monastery.
These two consecutive years will be the year of dharma for Buddhist devotees of tawang as his holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama is also scheduled to visit on march. Devotees will get an opportunity to be blessed by their holy teachings and at same time we need to inculcate their teachings and need to convert through our action.