During H.H. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s first visit to Europe, 84000 was honored to have an information table at his teachings in Berlin, June 5th-8th, 2014. The four-day program, with over 1,500 people in attendance each day, was a packed schedule of teachings given by H.H. Karmapa that included talks on mind training, environmental sustainability and a special event for youth.
84000 volunteer team at work. Photo: Julia Homilius
Many visitors to 84000’s table had not heard about the project, but when they were told of its mission to translate the words of the Buddha into modern languages and to support translators of Buddhist literature, there was unanimous support. People were particularly inspired when they learned about the fast progress that 84000 is making in translating the Tibetan Kangyur into English. Several people mentioned that it may be the most important current project to sustain Dharma globally.
One volunteer, who also translates for 84000, spoke about how her experiences with the project has given her a sense of purpose because she feels that her work through it is truly meaningful. Some teens and young adults attending the events also communicated their desire to pursue studying Tibetan, Sanskrit, and classical Chinese to become translators because of the immense importance of 84000’s mission.
84000 is very grateful to H.H. Karmapa and the organizers of his Europe program for the generous offer of support. As H.H. Karmapa wrote in his letter to theTranslating the Words of the Buddha Conference in 2009: “Translating the words of the Buddha and the commentarial treatises from Tibetan into English is a necessary foundation for the genuine study and practice of the Buddhadharma for English speakers.” With the interest in Buddhism continuing to grow in Europe and throughout the West, it is even more critical for the Buddha’s words to be available in English and other modern languages.
H.H. Karmapa reading sutras translated by 84000. Photo: John L. Solomon
Gangtok, 18 July 2014: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has managed to extract
assurances from the Central government on the Rumtek Karmapa issue. After a
meeting with Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and
minister of state Prakash in New Delhi on Wednesday, Mr Singh assured
the CM that they would consider the Karmapa issue on positive light at the
earliest, according to a press release issued by the state government here
In the meeting with Mr Singh, Mr Chamling
reiterated some issues of the state still pending with the centre, such as the
demand for reservation of Limboo-Tamang seats in the Legislative Assembly and
granting permission to the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to take “his
seat” at the Rumtek Monastery, and inclusion of “left-out” ethnic sikkimese
Nepali communities in the Schedule Tribe list. Apprising the Union finance
minister, Arun Jaitley, of the fiscal position of the state, Mr Chamling handed
over a memorandum, requesting him to grant income tax excemption to the “left-out”
communities and the business community in Sikkim, the release said.
Mr Chamling later held detailed discussions
with union road, transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on the road
sector in Sikkim and the role of the Border Roads Organisation(BRO) in the
upkeep of the border roads and highways.
The CM reiterated the requirement of an
alternative national highway for Sikkim and strengthening of the existing
national highway. He also requested for a special fund of over Rs 7,500 crore
in a phased manner for the Holistic Road Network Development Programme. MR
Gadkari offered full cooperation to Sikkim in the implementation of the
The CM also called on Union Water Resources
Minister Uma Bharati, who showed keen interest in visiting Sikkim.
With minister of state for information and
broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, the CM placed a long pending demand of the
state for the inauguration of the Doordarshan Kendra in Gangtok and posting of
staff and other manpower there. According to the press release, he requested
personal intervention of the Union Minister in inaugurating and commencing full
fledged operation of the Kendra “to provide encouragement to local artists and
also facilitate a better understanding of the way of life, dreams and hopes and
aspirations of the people of Sikkim.”