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Sikkim CM Chamling Seeks PM Modi’s Permission For Exiled Tibetan Leader’s Visit - News18.com

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In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.

Sujit Nath | News18.com
Updated:July 26, 2017, 11:31 PM IST





Kolkata: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant permission to 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit the state.

Any such visit to the by the Tibetan leader living in exile in India is likely to anger China. This comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a standoff in Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector.

In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on Dorje’s movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China. 

“I also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sikkim after the rainy season came to an end this year, which he agreed and promised to make a trip soon,” Chamling told the media after his mee…

How to Find Freedom Through Meditation (Podcast Episode #014)

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Today’s episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s maiden tour of Canada where he gave teachings all over the country. Many Canadian students had been waiting for years to hear him speak, and so it was a particularly special occasion.

This teaching is on the subject of meditation and how we can use this Buddhist practice to find inner freedom and bring about a more happy and beneficial life. The Karmapa approached the topic from the point of view of his own personal experience, and a wonderful, practical and sometimes humorous occasion unfolded over the course of the hour.

The talk is in Tibetan with an English translation and has been slightly edited for length and audio clarity.

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/karmapa/freedom.mp3
http://kagyuoffice.org/how-to-find-freedom-through-meditation-podcast-episode-014/

RFA Tibetan: Interview with Gyalwang Karmapa

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Relay Hunger Strike Complete One Year - Sikkim Express / The Sikkim Tribune

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Relay Hunger Strike Complete One Year

GANGTOK: The relay hunger strike by monks under The Denjong Lhadey banner completed one full year today (June 10) with their demand for early visit of 17th Karmapa to Sikkim still unrealised.

The monks had sat on their relay hunger strike on July 10, 2015 here at BL House, Tibet Road demanding the Karmapa is allowed to visit and bless Sikkim at the earliest.
“We will continue with our relay hunger strike. If no proper solution is made by end of this month, the monks are ready to go to any extent,” said the monks.

--DICHEN ONGMU




TST Reporter

Gangtok, July 10: The opposition Party SKM MLA Kunga Nima Lepcha, Sangha MLA Sonam Lama and party workers as well as former Minister & social worker T Lachungpa visit at BL house today on the completion of one year of the Indefinite Relay Hunger Strike by the monks from various monasteries of Sikkim at BL House in Gangtok.

The indefinite Relay Hunger Strike started by monks from state of Sikkim at BL house, Gangto…

Gyalwang Karmapa Visits Office of Tibet Washington DC - CTA

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July 8, 2017
By Staff Writer




WASHINGTON DC: On Wednesday, July 5th, Gyalwang Karmapa visited the Office of Tibet on Wednesday, 5 July during his three-day visit to Washington, D.C. This trip to Washington follows his one-month visit to Canada.

The afternoon visit to the Office of Tibet was informational. Representative Penpa Tsering updated him on various OoT activities and programs, while Kungo Tenzin Tethong, Director of Radio Free Asia, Tibetan Service and Thinley Nyenday, VOA Tibetan Service, informed him of their organization’s activities and issues of importance in Washington. Gyalwang Karmapa was also given progress updates on the political and support activities carried on by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and Office of Tibet. ICT President Matteo Mececci gave a short briefing on their lobbying efforts and the current political climate in Washington regarding human rights in the current administration.

Gyalwang Karmapa listened closely and with a great interest to thes…

Video: His Holiness Karmapa blessing KTC-New Jersey members

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2017.7.8

Video: The 17th Karmapa's Visit to Karme Ling on July 8, 2017

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The Voice of America Interviews the Gyalwang Karmapa

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July 6, 2017 – Washington, D.C.

First the Gyalwang Karmapa spoke a few words related to the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama:

We Tibetans consider the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama to be extremely important. We are most fortunate that he lights our way like a blazing torch as we pass through these dark and difficult times. His birthday, therefore, is an important occasion for us. Born in the Land of Snow, His Holiness is the protector and refuge for all the Tibetan people. This enormous good fortune brings delight to all of us and also gives us great courage.

However we might celebrate his birthday, we can recall his life story and his worldwide activity to benefit others.

In relation to any advice he might give us, it is essential that we consider how we can assist him and implement his counsel in its true sense. Not only has His Holiness devoted himself to improving our material welfare externally, he has also encouraged the growth of our spiritual welfare internally. In response, from our…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Speaks of HH Dalai Lama’s Birthday

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July 6, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

We Tibetans consider the birthday of HH the Dalai Lama to be extremely important. We are most fortunate that he lights our way like a blazing torch as we pass through these dark and difficult times. His birthday, therefore, is an important occasion for us. Born in the Land of Snow, His Holiness is the protector and refuge for all the Tibetan people. This enormous good fortune brings delight to all of us and also gives us great courage.

However we might celebrate his birthday, we can recall his life story and his worldwide activity to benefit others.

In relation to any advice he might give us, it is essential that we consider how we can assist him and implement his counsel in its true sense. Not only has His Holiness devoted himself to improving our material welfare externally, he has also encouraged the growth of our spiritual welfare internally. In response, from our side we should think about how we can develop ourselves further. In particular, we can st…

USCIRF Commissioners meet with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa of Tibet

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On July 6, USCIRF Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga (right) and Commissioner Jackie Wolcott (left) met with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa of Tibet (center) to discuss religious freedom for Tibetan Buddhists in China.




http://www.uscirf.gov/slideshow/uscirf-commissioners-meet-his-holiness-the-17th-karmapa-tibet

Inspire Dialogue 2017: Climate Change and the Environment

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Tibetan Buddhist leader the Karmapa discusses climate change and Tibet Third Pole during first visit to UK

During his first visit to the UK, the Karmapa, a leading young generation Tibetan Buddhist leader, joined former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams together with scientists, scholars and high profile cultural figures for a dialogue on the environment hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet and Inspire Dialogue Foundation.

The roundtable discussion was intended to bring together perspectives “between disciplines and generations” as the beginning of an ongoing exchange, according to Lord Williams, Master of Magdalene College and a noted poet and theologian. It involved figures from the arts and sciences, including Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London; James Thornton, the founding CEO of ClientEarth; Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director-General of the National Trust; Dr Phil Wigge, Research Group Leader at the University of Cambridge Sainsbu…

Lt. Governor Welcomes His Holiness the Karmapa to Washington State -Waltgov

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June 30, 2017

Yesterday evening, the Lt. Governor welcomed His Holiness the Karmapa, the second-highest ranking Tibetan Buddhist in exile and a world-renowned spiritual leader, to Washington state.

The Lt. Governor thanked the Karmapa and his delegation for visiting Seattle again, and for bringing with him a message of compassion and global-mindedness. This trip marks the Karmapa’s third visit to Seattle, and his fourth visit to the United States. Seattle, in particular, has developed infrastructure to expand opportunities for exchange with Tibet’s Buddhist leaders, as it is the home of both the Karmapa Foundation, which facilitates the Karmapa’s travels and conducts outreach, and the Seeds of Compassion non-profit, which promotes the Dalai Lama’s work teaching compassion.

His Holiness the Karmapa serves as the head of the largest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karma Kagyu. His Holiness was recognized as the 17th Karmapa at the age of 7, and is historically unique in …

His Holiness concludes his first visit to Canada by greatly delighting Vancouver - Karma Changchub Ling

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The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa (http://kagyuoffice.org/karmapa/), at 31 years old, is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Karmapa lineage dates back 900 years; it is the oldest and foremost lineage to commence a tradition of reincarnate teachers in Tibetan Buddhism.

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s first Canadian tour arrived at its final stop, Vancouver, on June 17th. His Holiness was warmly received by local Tibetans and members of the legislative assembly for Burnaby and Richmond cities at the airport. The party then arrived together to a welcoming procession at Thrangu Monastery Canada.

On June 18, His Holiness performed the empowerment of Avalokiteśvara or Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the compassion of all the Buddhas. His Holiness explained:


“When we talk about compassion in Buddhism, it is not merely the sympathy, empathy, or pity that we usually have. The compassion that is taught in the Dharma is a stronger compassion than normal. It is more invol…

The Gyalwang Karmapa Expresses His Birthday Wish – To Visit His Homeland

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On the 26th of June the Gyalwang Karmapa expressed his wish to visit Tibet via a video message on Facebook. The transcript and video are reproduced here.


First, I would like to thank personally all those who took an interest in and celebrated my birthday both inside and outside of Tibet in wonderfully different ways. So many have placed their faith in me and I thank you for this. I do whatever I can to fulfill the hopes you have placed in me. Now seventeen years have passed since I separated from my parents and came to India. I have not seen them since I left Tibet. Honestly speaking, my birthday is not a happy occasion for me, because usually on such a day, we gather together with our parents, relatives, and friends to be happy and enjoy ourselves but this I cannot do. Speaking from a human point of view, it is very sad and disappointing, and so for about five years, I have not observed my birthday. In general, I have been blessed with the name of Karmapa, and so there is a multitude…

Conclusion of First Canadian Tour

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26 Jun 2017

At times, a month can drag on without end, but certainly not the Saga Dawa (the fourth month, a holy month on the Tibetan calendar) of the year of Firebird. This month, Canada has been blessed with a well-anticipated visit from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. After years of invitation, the Gyalwang Karmapa has landed in Toronto and begun his first Canadian tour on May 29, 2017. His Holiness has since traveled country-wide, from east to west, giving public talks and performing Buddhist rituals. After two weeks of events scheduled on the east coast, His Holiness stopped at Calgary for a public event before reaching Vancouver– the final destination for this tour. Along the way, His Holiness has also visited many Buddhist centres of various traditions, and has enjoyed much of the beauty the Canadian landscape has to offer. In Vancouver, the Gyalwang Karmapa shared with us a week of events which have come to a conclusion only today, with an off-the-s…

Akshobhya Teachings and Empowerment

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From June 23rd to 24th, 2017, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a two-day teaching on dealing with disturbing emotions in relation to the Akshobhya practice. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Gyalwang Karmapa greeted a variety of ordained and lay sangha, totalling as much as twenty five hundred attendees in the audience, with his wisdom and compassion. Over the course of this teaching, His Holiness shared with the audience his experience with the Akshobhya practice, from the inspiration he has found while reading the sutras on Buddha Akshobhya, to the benefit he has reaped from this practice. The teaching was concluded with the Akshobhya empowerment. At the end of this memorable last teaching for the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to Canada, he noted his intent to return and answer unaddressed questions from the audience. At this instant, the theatre roared with applause, cheers, and filled with smiling faces. His Holiness also suggested performing a Long Life Prayer on hi…